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4:05 PM ET, March 31, 2012

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clickorlando.com:
Civil rights leaders condemn Sharpton's call for escalated civil disobedience  —  Rally Saturday in Sanford hosted by NAACP  —  Author: Erik von Ancken, Anchor/Reporter, evonancken@clickorlando.com  —  NAACP condemns call for escalated civil disobedience  —  SANFORD, Fla. -
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Arelis R. Hernández / Orlando Sentinel:
Al Sharpton: Civil disobedience will escalate if Zimmerman remains free  —  If George Zimmerman is not arrested in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin soon, theRev.  Al Sharpton will call for an escalation in peaceful civil disobedience and economic sanctions.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Piers Morgan Books MSNBC's Touré In Real Time To Settle Twitter Feud
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Murders That Don't Count  —  Delric Miller IV died in a hail of bullets a month ago.  When someone fired 37 AK-47 rounds into his Detroit home at 4:30 a.m., he was mortally wounded while dozing on the couch.  He was nine months old.  No one made the multicolored teething ring he got …
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Agonist
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
When the Archbishop Met the President  —  Cardinal Dolan thought he heard Barack Obama pledge respect for the Catholic Church's rights of conscience.  Then came the contraception coverage mandate.  —  New York  —  The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
John Brownlee / Cult of Mac:
This Creepy App Isn't Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It's A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy [Update]  —  This app is meant to all be in good fun, but it's potentially a weapon in the hands of stalkers.  —  “Boy, you sure have a lot of apps on your phone.”  —  “Well, it's my job.”
Wall Street Journal:
EPA Backpedals on Fracking Contamination  —  Texas Water-Pollution Suit Dropped; Third Recent Setback on Drilling for Agency  —  The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its claim that an energy company contaminated drinking water in Texas, the third time in recent months that the agency …
Discussion: americanthinker.com
New York Times:
A Health Law at Risk Gives Insurers Pause  —  As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the federal health care law, one option that had seemed unthinkable to its designers and supporters now seems at least possible: that the court could strike down the entire law.
Andrew Theen / Bloomberg:
Obama Campus Fervor Losing to Apathy as Students Sour on 2012  —  On election night 2008, freshman Meagan Cassidy left Lake Forest College and hopped a train to Chicago to celebrate Barack Obama's impending victory.  —  “There was probably no better place to be,” Cassidy said in a phone interview.
Michelle Singletary / Washington Post:
Mega Millions: Why I threw away common sense and bought a ticket  —  We played.  —  My husband and I decided to do a financially unwise thing and take a chance at winning the $640 million dollar Mega Millions lottery.  It's not a smart use of even a dollar because the odds of winning are, well, astronomical — 1 in 176 million.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Prairie Weather and Ezra Klein
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Orwell and March Madness  —  If you've been watching the N.C.A.A. men's basketball championship — a k a March Madness — you've undoubtedly seen the commercial.  It's an N.C.A.A. ad that shows college athletes pumping iron, running sprints and playing games.
Damien Pearse / Guardian:
Petrol crisis ‘is our Thatcher moment’, Tory MPs reportedly tell party members  —  Unite accuses ministers of ‘spoiling for a fight’ after memo from MPs emerges comparing situation with 1980s miners' strike  —  Tory MPs have compared the panic over fuel supplies to the 1980s miners' strike …
host.madison.com:
Federal court strikes down parts of collective bargaining law  —  MORE (2)  —  A federal judge on Friday upheld most of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining law, but struck down key parts of it by ruling that the state cannot prevent public employee unions …
Erica Goode / New York Times:
Battles to Change Prison Policy of Solitary Confinement  —  ATWATER, Calif. — Ernesto Lira is not a murderer.  He has never participated in a prison riot.  The crime that landed him behind bars was carrying three foil-wrapped grams of methamphetamine in his car.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Why Are American Conservatives More Anti-Science Than European Conservatives?  —  Chris Mooney has a new book out, The Republican Brain, which I haven't read yet.  But he has a long piece over on the right which says, basically, that conservatives are wrong about a lot of stuff …
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Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:   Diagnosing the Republican Brain
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
IRS not investigating Nikki Haley for tax fraud  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's office Friday provided IRS documentation that she is not facing investigation for tax fraud, calling accusations that she was “totally contrived.”  —  Haley denied the rumors of a looming tax indictment on Thursday.
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Keach Hagey / Politico:
Current TV fires Keith Olbermann  —  Current TV has fired Keith Olbermann, citing a lack of “respect” and “collegiality” in its relationship with him, following months of open warfare between Olbermann and Current executives in the press.  —  He will be replaced by Eliot Spitzer …
Discussion: Wonkette and americanthinker.com
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Associated Press:
7 California boys arrested in attack on teen
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
He's a Uniter!... Barack Obama Accuses Republicans of “Madness”
Los Angeles Times:
Movie review: ‘Bully’
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Swingin' Kennedy  —  Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor …
Discussion: Power Line
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Democratic mayors challenge teachers unions in urban political shift
Discussion: Via Meadia and Eduwonk
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Another $17 trillion surprise found in Obamacare
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., Global Warming Views Steady Despite Warm Winter
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Sina, Tencent Shut Down Commenting on Microblogs
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Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama: Buffett Rule tax hike will ‘make this country a little fairer’
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Giles Tremlett / Guardian:
Spain announces €27bn budget cuts
Discussion: US Politics and The Agonist
The Huffington Post:
General Motors Decides Climate Change Is Real, Pulls Support From Heartland Institute
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
Curtis Dubay / The Heritage Foundation:
No Fooling: U.S. Now Has Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the World
Andrew Stuttaford / National Review:
Ever Closer Union
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jonathan Stempel / Thomson Reuters News …:
Unpaid bloggers' lawsuit vs Huffington Post tossed
 

 
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Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury convicts Ozy Media and its founder Carlos Watson of fraud, in a case accusing them of lying to investors about the startup's finances and sham deals

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
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