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12:50 PM 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.
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Darius Dixon / Politico:
John Edwards denies prostitute claim
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.
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
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court expands defendant's rights in plea deals
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Michael O'Brien / msnbc.com:
Romney credits Bush, Wall St. bailout for avoiding depression
Discussion: 2012 Decoded
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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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.
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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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
'The Road We've Traveled' With Obama  —  Three dismal years are spun into 17 minutes of fact-challenged campaign film.  —  This month, Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a 17-minute film, “The Road We've Traveled,” that previews the Democratic general election narrative.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Opponents Of Florida's 2005 ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Predicted ‘Racially Motivated Killings’  —  SANFORD, FL — Nearly one month after shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman remains a free man.  The Sanford Police maintain that Zimmerman's conduct was legally justified under …
CBS Los Angeles:
City Council Warns ‘Crack Ho’ Comments ‘Intolerable’, Calls For Diversity In Talk Radio  —  LOS ANGELES (CBS) — City Council members were one step closer on Wednesday to becoming the first in the nation to adopt a resolution condemning certain types of speech on public airwaves.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate Republicans propose interstate concealed-weapon bill  —  Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and 28 other Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a bill that would allow people authorized to carry concealed weapons in their home state to do the same in other states that allow concealed carry, without requiring a federal permit.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Tea Party-dominated House a ‘dark’ and ‘disorganized’ legislative hole  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denounced the Republican-controlled House on Thursday for its vote to drop the Senate's highway funding bill — legislation that took Reid nearly five weeks to shepherd through the upper chamber.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
No to America and No to Radical Islam  —  TUNIS - Radical Islamists are making inroads in the Arab world's most advanced, liberal, and tolerant country.  And the secularists think the United States is helping them do it.  —  Thousands took to the streets of Tunisia's capital Tunis yesterday …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
New Hampshire gay marriage repeal fails  —  (Reuters) - New Hampshire lawmakers easily defeated a bill on Wednesday that would have been the first step toward reversing the state's law that allows same-sex couples to marry.  —  The attempt to repeal a law that made gay marriages legal in the state …
 
 
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Study Shows House Members Profit
Discussion: Washington Post
Calculated Risk:
Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 348,000
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Kay Bailey Hutchison Defends Planned Parenthood, Says Organization Provides Critical Preventive Care
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mark Di Ionno / Mark DiIonno:
Exclusive interview with Dharun Ravi: 'I'm very sorry about Tyler'
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
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Solyndra ‘heartbreaking’ for the workers
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Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
NRCC Cracks Down on Anti-Incumbent Super PAC
Discussion: Hot Air
Roger Altman / Financial Times:
No more inaction on income inequality
Tim Mak / Politico:
Linda McMahon pins Christopher Shays, Connecticut poll says
Discussion: GOP 12, Washington Wire and CNN
Susan McFarland / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Keller city manager lays himself off
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:
The other story of Mitt Romney's dog: Character Sketch
Discussion: Mother Jones and Los Angeles Times