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1:40 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  —  John Edwards on Thursday vehemently denied a report that he had been named as a client in New York City's so-called “Soccer Mom Madam” prostitution scheme.  —  A call girl working for alleged “Millionaire Madam” Anna Gristina told investigators …
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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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Supreme Court Voids Part of Family Leave Act  —  I'll be damned if the conservatives on the Supreme Court weren't getting jealous of all the congressional and state-level battles in the war on women and decide that they needed to take up arms themselves.  Is there no area that these conservatives …
CNN:
TRENDING: Obama says Romney's ‘pretending’
Discussion: Hot Air and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court Weighs ObamaCare
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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BBC:
Toulouse gunman killed by sniper  —  Sustained gunfire was heard from the apartment building where Mohammed Merah was hiding  —  A police sniper shot and killed the gunman who carried out a spate of murders in southern France, prosecutors say, after a 32-hour siege in Toulouse.
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
Mohammed Merah, Toulouse shooting suspect, dead after police standoff, shootout
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 D. Shear / New York Times:
For Romney's Trusted Adviser, ‘Etch A Sketch’ Comment Is a Rare Misstep
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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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 …
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.
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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
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
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mitt Romney In 2002: I Have A Different View Than Most Republicans  —  Republican Presidential Mitt Romney has come under fire recently for statements an advisor made saying the former Governor could “reset” his positions in the fall “almost like an Etch A Sketch.  It stung because of Romney's journey from right to left and back.
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.
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
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 …
Mark Di Ionno / Mark DiIonno:
Exclusive interview with Dharun Ravi: 'I'm very sorry about Tyler'  —  PLAINSBORO — Dharun Ravi's face is drawn and thin.  The stress of the last year and a half has wrung him out.  His eyes are perpetually sad, not the eyes of a very bright 20-year-old young man who should have a promising future.
Rasmussen Reports:
Louisiana GOP: Santorum 43%, Romney 31%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 5%  —  Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is comfortably ahead in Louisiana with that state's Republican Primary just two days away.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely GOP Primary Voters in Louisiana finds Santorum …
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
 
 
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John Eligon / New York Times:
State Senator Loses Support of Local G.O.P.
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Nicholas Thompson / News Desk:
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Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: National Review
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Study Shows House Members Profit
Discussion: Washington Post
Calculated Risk:
Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decline to 348,000
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Tea Party-dominated House a ‘dark’ and ‘disorganized’ legislative hole
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
R. Gil Kerlikowske / The Huffington Post:
Setting the Record Straight: Responding to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: Solyndra ‘heartbreaking’ for the workers
Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
NRCC Cracks Down on Anti-Incumbent Super PAC
Discussion: Hot Air
Ros Krasny / Reuters:
New Hampshire gay marriage repeal fails
Roger Altman / Financial Times:
No more inaction on income inequality
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
No to America and No to Radical Islam
Tim Mak / Politico:
Linda McMahon pins Christopher Shays, Connecticut poll says
Discussion: Washington Wire, GOP 12 and CNN