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11:35 AM ET, March 23, 2012

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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.
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msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Health care takes center stage
Discussion: NPR, Business Week and Prairie Weather
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
NBC's Andrew Rafferty / msnbc.com:
Santorum: GOP better off with Obama than ‘Etch A Sketch’ Republican
CBS DC:
Santorum: Might As Well Have Obama Over Romney
Discussion: GOP 12
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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.
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 Alvarez / Mediaite:
Geraldo Rivera: 'The Hoodie Is As Responsible For Trayvon Martin's Death As George Zimmerman'
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 …
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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 …
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  —  In February 2009, Michael Zucker told a group of high-paid surgeons something they did not want to hear: The way they earned a salary was about to change.  —  Zucker is the chief development officer at Baptist Health System, a five-hospital network in San Antonio.
WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
Missing From Obama Health-Care Anniversary: Obama
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
AP sources: Obama taps Jim Yong Kim for World Bank  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, a surprise pick for the international financial institution's top job, senior administration officials said.
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Josh Boak / Politico:
Obama taps new World Bank head
Discussion: CNN
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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Bachmann: GOP primary has created ‘a lot of fatigue’ among Republican voters
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“Who the Hell is Going to Take a Think Tank Seriously If It's Controlled by Billionaire Oil Guys?”
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Republican leaders racking up ‘yes’ votes on Rep. Ryan's budget
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Marty Graham / Reuters:
Marine sergeant faces discipline for Facebook critique of Obama
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Discussion: Washington Monthly