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2:35 PM ET, March 23, 2012

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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Geraldo Rivera: “I Think The Hoodie Is As Much Responsible For Trayvon Martin's Death As George Zimmerman”  —  On the March 23 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera reacted to the killing of 17-year-old, unarmed Florida resident Trayvon Martin …
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'  —  President Obama weighed in Friday on the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, calling it a national tragedy - and saying that the young man reminded him of his own children.  —  “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” Obama said in Rose Garden remarks.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Trayvon Martin Updates  —  First, Sanford police chief Bill Lee is done—for now.  —  Second, here is an absolutely disgusting clip from Geraldo Rivera, who essentially blames Trayvon Martin's death on the fact that he was wearing a hoodie.  In the rain:
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Geraldo Rivera: 'The Hoodie Is As Responsible For Trayvon Martin's Death As George Zimmerman'  —  Geraldo Rivera stopped by Fox & Friends Friday morning, where he gave his take on the Trayvon Martin shooting — particularly on the hoodie the teen was wearing the night he was shot.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Geraldo Rivera: Trayvon Martin killed due to ‘hoodie’  —  Fox News host Geraldo Rivera said Friday he would “bet money” that Trayvon Martin wouldn't have been fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain if the teenager hadn't been wearing a hoodie and he called on parents to stop their kids from going out in public dressed that way.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Huffington Post
Alex Wong / ABCNEWS:
As Santorum Fires Gun, Woman Shouts 'Pretend It's Obama'  —  WEST MONROE, Louisiana - At a campaign stop at a firing range, while Rick Santorum was firing off some rounds, a woman shouted, “pretend it's Obama.”  —  Santorum, who was far from the woman, couldn't hear the comment as he proceeded with his target practice.
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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.
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Karen Finney Smears: Racism of Limbaugh Had ‘Lethal Consequences’ in Killing of Teen  —  MSNBC analyst and Democratic strategist Karen Finney disgustingly smeared Rush Limbaugh and several Republican presidential candidates on Thursday, charging that the racist hate of these conservatives had …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
FARRAKHAN TWEETS: ‘WHERE THERE IS NO JUSTICE, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE...LAW OF RETALIATION MAY...BE APPLIED’
Rick Santorum / CNN:
Santorum: ‘I would never vote for Barack Obama’
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
Santorum: People May As Well Vote For Obama If Romney Is The Nominee
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum up 14 points in latest Louisiana poll
Discussion: CNN and The Raw Story
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
A Surprise World Bank Pick  —  President Barack Obama startled handicappers by selecting Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim as the U.S. candidate to lead the World Bank rather than the reported front-runner Larry Summers, Obama's former National Economic Council director.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Suburban Guerrilla
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Julie Pace / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank
Josh Boak / Politico:
Obama taps new World Bank head
Discussion: CNN
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
I have sat back and allowed myself time to assess the current episode revealing itself in Sanford Florida...  I have sat back and allowed myself time to assess the current episode revealing itself in Sanford, Florida involving the shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Richard Hanna, GOP Congressman, Tells Women To Give Their Money To Democrats … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Video, Equal Rights Amendment, GOP War On Women, Carolyn Maloney Equal Rights Amendment, Rep. Richard Hanna, Richard Hanna Equal Rights Amendment, Richard Hanna Women, Politics News
Washington Post:
One word impressions of GOP candidates  —  Mitt Romney's campaign might take solace in the fact that “Mormon” is no longer the single most frequently mentioned one-word descriptor for the former Massachusetts governor, but they may bemoan its replacements atop the list: “no” and “rich”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Guardian
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Newt: Why does Obama ‘behave the way that people would think’ he's Muslim?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Paranoia Strikes Deeper
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Obama Takes More Fire Over Keystone Pipeline
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Baltimore Sun:
Individual mandate is constitutional
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Gov. Scott Walker rival: Stop union ‘fiction’
Discussion: CNN
Barbara / The News Star:
Teacher fired after claims 3rd-graders had sex
Discussion: The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
ABCNEWS:
Obama's First Ford ‘Rattled and Shook’
Daily Mail:
SUSPECT ‘KIDNAPPED MAN’ AND THEN ‘WALKED AROUND CITY WITH SWORD IN HIS HAND’
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Daily Caller
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Specter says he might vote for Romney
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Pres. Obama To Heckler: 'You Can Hold Your Own Rally. You're Being Rude'
Discussion: The Hill and CBS News