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1:10 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 …
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.
Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'  —  For more on the investigation into the Florida teen's shooting death, watch “Trayvon Martin Killing” at 7 ET Saturday night on CNN.  —  Sanford, Florida (CNN) — President Barack Obama spoke out Friday for the first time on the growing national controversy …
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.
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:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
Santorum: People May As Well Vote For Obama If Romney Is The Nominee
First Thoughts: Health care takes center stage
Discussion: NPR, Business Week and Prairie Weather
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum up 14 points in latest Louisiana poll
Discussion: CNN and Political Watch
NBC's Andrew Rafferty /
Santorum: GOP better off with Obama than ‘Etch A Sketch’ Republican
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.
Don Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Obama nominates Dartmouth's Jim Yong Kim to be World Bank chief
Washington Wire:
Meet World Bank Nominee Jim Yong Kim
Discussion: The New Republic
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 …
Discussion: IvyGate
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
Baltimore Sun:
Individual mandate is constitutional  —  Supreme Court should find that key aspect of Obama's signature law is a legitimate exercise of Commerce Clause power  —  On Monday, the Supreme Court will commence a nearly unprecedented six hours of oral argument concerning the constitutionality …
Discussion: Balkinization
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 …
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Pres. Obama To Heckler: 'You Can Hold Your Own Rally.  You're Being Rude'  —  During a rally Ohio State University on Thursday, President Obama's speech about energy was interrupted by a heckler.  Pausing, Obama directly addressed the man, asking him not to interrupt.  “You're being rude,” he said.
Discussion: CBS News
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:   Obama heckled during energy speech in Ohio
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One word impressions of GOP candidates
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Elad Benari / Arutz Sheva:
Report: Toulouse Terrorist Visited Israel
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
Toulouse shooting: killer ‘was on US no-fly list’
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
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: 
David Weigel / Slate:
“Who the Hell is Going to Take a Think Tank Seriously If It's Controlled by Billionaire Oil Guys?”
Obama's First Ford ‘Rattled and Shook’
Self-sustaining stimulus  —  Larry Summers says fiscal stimulus can pay for itself
Daily Mail:
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Daily Caller
Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Specter says he might vote for Romney
Marty Graham / Reuters:
Marine sergeant faces discipline for Facebook critique of Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice