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11:50 AM ET, March 22, 2012

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Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com:
John Edwards is First Name Uncovered in ‘Millionaire Madam’ Investigation … MANHATTAN — A call girl working for alleged “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.
New York Times:
Jeb Bush Endorses Romney; Aide Makes ‘Etch A Sketch’ Gaffe  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney sought to use the coveted endorsement of Jeb Bush on Wednesday to amplify his call for Republicans to rally behind his candidacy and get on with the mission of ousting President Obama.
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Mitt ‘Etch A Sketch’ Romney, Ron ‘Etch A Sketch’ Paul, and the supreme hypocrisy of the GOP right
Discussion: CNN
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Health law could hinge on wheat, pot and broccoli  —  The survival of President Barack Obama's signature health care law may come down to wheat, pot, guns — and a nagging question about broccoli.  —  Strange as it may seem, those diverse topics are apt to surface repeatedly during next week's arguments …
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George Judson / Latest Stories on Marketplace.org:
The Obama interview: Health care law ‘the right thing to do’  —  To view this content, Javascript must be enabled and Adobe Flash Player must be installed.  — Subscribe to podcast - Embed player - Audio player assistance - Pop-Up  —  Jeremy Hobson: The president will be talking energy today …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and ThinkProgress
George Judson / Latest Stories on Marketplace.org:
The Obama interview: U.S. must invest in itself
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Byron Tau / Politico:   Obama: Solyndra ‘heartbreaking’ for the workers
Bill Maher / New York Times:
Please Stop Apologizing  —  THIS week, Robert De Niro made a joke about first ladies, and Newt Gingrich said it was “inexcusable and the president should apologize for him.”  Of course, if something is “inexcusable,” an apology doesn't make any difference, but then again, neither does Newt Gingrich.
New York Times:
French Slaying Suspect Dead After Police Raid Hideout  —  TOULOUSE, France —A 23-year-old Frenchman who claimed responsibility for the killings of four men and three children died on Thursday after jumping from a balcony as security forces stormed the apartment where had been holed up for more than 30 hours …
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Mohammed Merah, Toulouse shooting suspect, dead after police standoff, shootout
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Americans Favor Keystone XL Pipeline  —  Republicans twice as likely as Democrats to say the government should approve it  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A solid majority of Americans think the U.S. government should approve of building the Keystone XL pipeline, while 29% think it should not.
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Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op  —  Politics: The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
How Paul Ryan sold his budget plan  —  The Paul Ryan budget was a political disaster last year for Republicans.  This year the GOP had a much more methodical, careful rollout.  —  The party polled on Medicare in 50 battleground districts.  It vetted the plan with a dozen conservative groups.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
When Romney Liked High Gas Prices  —  As he campaigns for president, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his attacks on Barack Obama over high gas prices, putting the issue at the center of his economic message.  He is calling for Obama to fire his Energy secretary, EPA administrator …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Joe Biden in 2016?  Not so crazy  —  For the past couple of years, Vice President Joe Biden has quietly assembled an A-team of advisers who would, without doubt, be considered the nucleus of a presidential campaign — if only he wouldn't be 73 in 2016.  —  Biden's age would snuff the last embers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Sandra Fluke Says She Didn't Know Target Sells Birth Control Pills for $9  —  (CNSNews.com) - Thirty-year-old Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke, who told a House Steering and Policy Committee hearing convened by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last month that contraception can cost …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The inexorable march of creative destruction  —  Retreat need not mean surrender.  Still . . .  —  In 1886, a shipment of $25 watches from a Chicago jeweler was rejected by the addressee in Redwood Falls, Minn. The jeweler offered to sell the undeliverable goods for $12 apiece …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
NBC New York:
Occupy Protester Dumped Tub of Feces: Police  —  Police said Occupy Wall Street protesters were captured on surveillance video dragging a large receptacle of human urine and feces into a public space in Lower Manhattan  —  This is raw surveillance video of Occupy Wall Street protesters …
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Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Footage shows OWS protesters dumping fecal matter, urine around NYC
Discussion: Hot Air
Kalyn McMackin / The Daily Caller:
Va. middle-schoolers assigned opposition research on GOP candidates  —  A Virginia middle school teacher recently forced his students to support President Barack Obama's re-election campaign by conducting opposition research in class against the Republican presidential candidates.
Lauren Tara LaCapra / Reuters:
Goldman conducts company-wide email review: sources  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has begun scanning internal emails for the term “muppet” and other evidence that employees referred to clients in derogatory ways, Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein told partners in a conference call this week …
Discussion: New York Magazine and DealBook
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Politicians Can't Give Honest Answers About Military Service  —  I'd love to hear, just once in my life, a presidential candidate give a blunt and honest account of why he hasn't served.  —  In The New Republic, Alec MacGillis says one reason Mitt Romney has trouble connecting with Southern voters …
Discussion: American Prospect
 
 
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Daniel Larison / The Week:
A year later, Libya is still a mess
R. Gil Kerlikowske / The Huffington Post:
Setting the Record Straight: Responding to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
Guardian:
Budget 2012: pensioners fund tax cut
Mitt Romney for President of the United States …:
Conservative Record  —  Mitt Romney spent his career …
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
NRCC Cracks Down on Anti-Incumbent Super PAC
Discussion: Hot Air
Jelani Cobb / News Desk:
Trayvon Martin and the Parameters of Hope
Discussion: Julian Sanchez
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
New Hampshire gay marriage repeal fails
Roger Altman / Financial Times:
No more inaction on income inequality
 Earlier Items: 
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
No to America and No to Radical Islam
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Tim Mak / Politico:
Linda McMahon pins Christopher Shays, Connecticut poll says
Discussion: GOP 12, Hotline On Call and CNN
Susan McFarland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Keller city manager lays himself off
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Why Won't the Democrats Adopt a Budget?
G-A-Y / Good As You:
AUDIO: NOM confronts Starbucks on marriage equality; gets smacked down to great applause
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
The other story of Mitt Romney's dog: Character Sketch
Discussion: Mother Jones and Los Angeles Times