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8:05 PM ET, March 22, 2012

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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Mitt Romney's Etch A Sketch Disaster  —  I've been thinking about this all night: Eric Fehrnstrom's Etch A Sketch gaffe yesterday may go well beyond a momentary embarrassment and become a campaign-defining disaster, much as John Kerry's “I voted for it before I voted against it” gaffe …
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NBC's Andrew Rafferty / msnbc.com:
Santorum: GOP better off with Obama than ‘Etch A Sketch’ Republican  —  SAN ANTONIO, TX — Rick Santorum today suggested it would be better to stick with President Obama over a candidate that might be “the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future” — a shot at chief rival Mitt Romney.
Rasmussen Reports:
Louisiana GOP: Santorum 43%, Romney 31%, Gingrich 16%, Paul 5%
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
For Romney's Trusted Adviser, ‘Etch A Sketch’ Comment Is a Rare Misstep
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Mitt ‘Etch A Sketch’ Romney, Ron ‘Etch A Sketch’ Paul, and the supreme hypocrisy of the GOP right
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Karl Rove: Bin Laden killing was no biggie  —  Keep an eye on this one, too, because it will also be central to GOP efforts to rewrite the history of the Obama presidency.  —  In his big Wall Street Journal Op ed piece today atttacking Obama's campaign documentary and minimizing the magnitude …
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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.
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Democrats Have No Fear Of Romney
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh  —  NEW YORK — Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a “slut” to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate passes JOBS Act, with tweak  —  The Senate on Thursday approved a package of bills that relaxes federal regulations to help boost small businesses and startup companies as the economy continues to recover.  —  Senators passed the JOBS Act on a 73-26 vote Thursday, two weeks after the House voted 390-23 to approve it.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Business Insider
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate passes House GOP's JOBS Act
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Senate Passes JOBS Act, STOCK Act
Jim DeMint / CNN:
DeMint calls for GOP assessment of race, praises Romney  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was ‘excited’ about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.  —  While not an outright endorsement …
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MiamiHerald.com:
Embattled Sanford police chief temporarily steps down  —  A case critics say was bungled from the start may have cost the Sanford police chief his job.  —  FROBLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  SANFORD — Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, under fire for his handling of the investigation into the killing …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: Sanford Commissioners Who Voted In Support Of Police Chief To Face Recall
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.
Discussion: World Now, PRI, Global Spin and Biased BBC
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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.
Marty Cobenais / Climate Connections:
BREAKING NEWS: Native Americans Protest Keystone XL From A Cage  —  Activists compelled to stay in enclosure miles from President's pro-oil event … Native American's gathering in Cushing, OK for a planned Thursday protest of President Obama's anticipated words of praise for the Keystone XL pipeline …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Daily Kos and Grist
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Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-Op
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 …
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Tilting the Toss Ups - the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate  —  Ah, the Senate.  The battle for control fascinates us — and all election observers — because there are so many intriguing races and personalities.  Yet, as we update our ratings today and move in a new direction …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Forgetting History  —  I have a confession to make.  —  I am a thirty-something pundit on television and radio and I am frequently aggravated by many twenty and thirty-something pundits on television and radio.  It is even a non-partisan aggravation.  —  We all make mistakes and I am sure someone …
Paul Chinn-Pool / ABCNEWS:
Obama on Solyndra: ‘This Was Not Our Program Per Se’  —  At the nation's largest solar energy plant Wednesday, President Obama doubled down on his commitment to government subsidies for clean energy technology and green jobs — and deflected blame for instances when those investments have failed.
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum 1994 Campaign: The Opposition File … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — In 1994, as he was making his first successful run for the U.S. Senate, Rick Santorum was followed by a trackers, who were hired by the state Democratic party and equipped with video cameras.
 
 
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Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
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Discussion: Politico
George Selgin / Free Banking:
Anti-Bernanke  —  Despite the bright light streaming …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Congressional Job Approval Essentially Flat at 12%
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Man sentenced for Occupy Maine assault
John Eligon / New York Times:
State Senator Loses Support of Local G.O.P.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
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