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2:10 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 …
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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:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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’
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.
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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
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.
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
Santorum: People May As Well Vote For Obama If Romney Is The Nominee
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Health care takes center stage
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum up 14 points in latest Louisiana poll
Discussion: CNN, The Raw Story and Political Watch
John H. Cushman Jr / New York Times:
Dartmouth President Is Obama's Pick for World Bank  —  WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday named Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College and a global health expert, as its nominee to lead the World Bank.  —  That makes Dr. Kim the frontrunner to take the helm …
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
A Surprise World Bank Pick
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Suburban Guerrilla
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
Washington Wire:
Meet World Bank Nominee Jim Yong Kim
Discussion: The New Republic
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
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Newt: Why does Obama ‘behave the way that people would think’ he's Muslim?  —  POLITICO's Ginger Gibson reports: … Gingrich frequently talks about how the media won't let him elevate the discourse to the “big ideas” and serious issues.
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 …
 
 
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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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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org:
MSNBC's Karen Finney Smears: Racism of Limbaugh Had ‘Lethal Consequences’ in Killing of Teen
Discussion: protein wisdom
Baltimore Sun:
Individual mandate is constitutional
Discussion: Balkinization
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: 
ABCNEWS:
Obama's First Ford ‘Rattled and Shook’
Economist:
Self-sustaining stimulus  —  Larry Summers says fiscal stimulus can pay for itself
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