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10:25 AM ET, March 23, 2012

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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Health care takes center stage  —  Health care's two-year anniversary, but White House is quiet on the subject. ...  Supreme Court takes it up next week and will determine its fate by June.  Whatever the outcome, it will have a big impact on the president's legacy.
Discussion: NPR, Business Week and Prairie Weather
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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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Santorum leads in LA and other notes...  Rick Santorum is headed for a commanding win in Louisiana on Saturday.  We find him with 42% to 28% for Mitt Romney, 18% for Newt Gingrich, 8% for Ron Paul, and 2% for Buddy Roemer.  —  It's interesting to look at these numbers in the context of last week's results in Alabama and Mississippi.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Santorum suggests Obama preferable to ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ Romney  —  Rick Santorum holds an Etch-A-Sketch as he speaks during a campaign stop in San Antonio, Texas.  (Eric Gay / Associated Press / March 22, 2012)  —  Rick Santorum's latest attempt to use a Mitt Romney aide's “Etch-A-Sketch” …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obamacare: The reckoning  —  Obamacare dominated the 2010 midterms, driving its Democratic authors to a historic electoral shellacking.  But since then, the issue has slipped quietly underground.  —  Now it's back, summoned to the national stage by the confluence of three disparate events …
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Ineffective Greenhouse  —  A liberal legal legend's ludicrous ObamaCare defense.  —  Linda Greenhouse is something of an institution of legal journalism.  She became the New York Times's Supreme Court correspondent in 1978.  Thirty years later, when she accepted an early-retirement package …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
It's Not About the Law, Stupid  —  Forget precedent.  Ignore Scalia's musings.  Next week's health care argument before the Supreme Court is all about optics, politics, and public opinion.  —  Next week the Supreme Court will hear arguments over the Affordable Care Act, what many people know as Obamacare.
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
5 things Dems got wrong on health care  —  President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies thought their political assumptions were airtight during the yearlong battle to overhaul the health care system.  —  Voters would reward them, they thought, even if Democrats muscled a bill through without Republican support.
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Sarah Kliff / Ezra Klein:
Health reform at 2: Why American health care will never be the same
WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
Missing From Obama Health-Care Anniversary: Obama
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
James O'Keefe's Panty-Stealing ‘Rape Barn’ Sex Scandal  —  It's a right-wing rabble-rouser showdown!  Jazz-handed pimp impersonator James O'Keefe is at “#WAR” with a former Project Veritas colleague who is now blogging an O'Keefe tell-all involving stolen panties, drugged beers, a “rape barn …
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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Former James O'Keefe ‘Accomplice’ Reveals ‘Barn Incident’ And Harassment Complaint
NADIA NAFFE:   Part II: The Barn Incident
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Obama heckled during energy speech in Ohio  —  A heckler interrupted President Obama's speech on energy policy Thursday at Ohio State University.  —  The president, looking frustrated, stopped speaking and addressed the man  —  “Sir.  Im here to speak to these folks.  You can hold your own rally.
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Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Pres. Obama To Heckler: 'You Can Hold Your Own Rally. You're Being Rude'
Discussion: CBS News
New York Times:
U.S. Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence  —  MIDLAND, Tex. — The desolate stretch of West Texas desert known as the Permian Basin is still the lonely domain of scurrying roadrunners by day and howling coyotes by night.  But the roar of scores of new oil rigs and the distinctive acrid fumes …
msnbc.com:
Florida governor appoints new prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case  —  Gun control advocates say the Florida law that authorizes using deadly force to stop someone from committing a serious crime also encourages violent behavior.  NBC's Pete Williams reports.  —  By msnbc.com staff
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Daily Mail:
SUSPECT ‘KIDNAPPED MAN’ AND THEN ‘WALKED AROUND CITY WITH SWORD IN HIS HAND’  —  Suspected serial killer Mohammad Mera, who broke out of an Afghanistan jail in 2008 as part of a mass Taliban escape, once kidnapped another man, it has been reported.  —  A close family friend …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Daily Caller
ABCNEWS:
Obama's First Ford ‘Rattled and Shook’  —  President Obama kicked his PR campaign on gas prices into a higher gear Wednesday, giving what is believed to be the first ever presidential interview to AAA.  —  “I understand what folks are going through because it wasn't that long ago that I was having …
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Specter says he might vote for Romney  —  Former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) says he might vote for Mitt Romney in November, depending on which version of Romney shows up for the general election.  —  “I'm going to wait to see which Romney it is,” said Specter in an interview with The Hill at his elegant apartment in Georgetown.
Economist:
Self-sustaining stimulus  —  Larry Summers says fiscal stimulus can pay for itself  —  WHEN he was at the Treasury nearly 20 years ago Larry Summers would counsel President Bill Clinton on the merits of “stimulative austerity”: cut deficits, and interest rates will fall by enough to produce stronger economic growth.
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
“Who the Hell is Going to Take a Think Tank Seriously If It's Controlled by Billionaire Oil Guys?”
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama touts energy policy, flubs fuel fact [VIDEO]
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Republican leaders racking up ‘yes’ votes on Rep. Ryan's budget
Marty Graham / Reuters:
Marine sergeant faces discipline for Facebook critique of Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
E. Donald Elliott / The Atlantic Online:
The Case for Trimming the EPA
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Obama tries to spread blame on Solyndra, Keystone
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Rep. King: GOP hopefuls not fighting hard enough for balanced budget
Discussion: CNN
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Democrats Have No Fear Of Romney
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Daily Dish and Hot Air
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate passes JOBS Act, with tweak
Discussion: The Hill and The Raw Story
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Tilting the Toss Ups - the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Forgetting History
David Boaz / The Huffington Post:
Cal Thomas's Confusion About Freedom