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4:25 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.
Geraldo Rivera / Fox News:
Trayvon Martin Would Be Alive but for His Hoodie  —  Demonstrators take to the streets during the Million Hoodie March, Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in New York.  A few hundred people were marching in New York City in memory of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida.
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mashable! and Hot Air
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...
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Romney leads by 14, hits key milestone in new national poll
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Huffington Post
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin GOP: Romney, 46%, Santorum 33%, Paul 8%, Gingrich 7%
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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: American Power and protein wisdom
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Arlen Specter's Memoir: The Five Steamiest Passages … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — Arlen Specter, the former senator who served Pennsylvania for 30 years, is out with a new memoir that laments the loss of comity in the U.S. Senate, calls for televised oral arguments …
Discussion: Guardian and Gawker
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Alexander Bolton / Ballot Box:
Specter says he might vote for Romney
Peter Allen / Daily Mail:
Outrage as teacher tells pupils to hold a minute's silence for Toulouse terrorist who killed seven because he was ‘victim of an unhappy childhood’  — Hundreds of people participated in a minute of silence to Merah's victims today at Capitol square in Toulouse
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
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
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 …
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Obama Takes More Fire Over Keystone Pipeline  —  President Barack Obama sought to defuse Republican attacks over his blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline amid soaring gas prices today, but his latest attempt at a compromise came under fire from friends and foes alike.
 
 
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Report: Healthcare critics outspending supporters three-to-one on TV ads
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Victoria Bekiempis / Runnin' Scared:
NYPD Spied on Liberal Groups: Report
Eliza Shapiro / New York Magazine:
NY Law School Grads Lose Lawsuit Against Their Alma Mater
Discussion: Law Blog and City Room
Associated Press:
Okla. Methodists organize to support gay marriage
Discussion: GLAAD
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Obama advisers debating gay marriage
Oz Rosenberg / Haaretz:
Hundreds of Beitar Jerusalem fans beat up Arab workers in mall; no arrests
Discussion: The Lede, FP Passport and Harry's Place
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Paranoia Strikes Deeper
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Washington Post:
One word impressions of GOP candidates
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Baltimore Sun:
Individual mandate is constitutional
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
ABCNEWS:
Obama's First Ford ‘Rattled and Shook’