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5:20 PM ET, March 31, 2012

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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 …
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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. -
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  —  MSNBC contributor Touré slammed CNN's Piers Morgan via Twitter starting last night, criticizing the Piers Morgan Tonight host's interview with Robert Zimmerman, Jr., brother of Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
msnbc.com:
Trayvon Martin marchers to Sanford, Fla., police: ‘We want an arrest.  Shot in the chest’  —  Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Benjamin Justice lead a march and rally in front of the Sanford Police Department for Trayvon Martin on Saturday.
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
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
Associated Press:
7 California boys arrested in attack on teen … PALMDALE, CALIF. - Seven black teens have been arrested on suspicion that they committed a hate crime when they attacked a 15-year-old Hispanic boy while he was walking home from school in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
He's a Uniter!... Barack Obama Accuses Republicans of “Madness”  —  He's a uniter.  —  Barack Obama, the worst jobs president since the Great Depression, accused Republicans of “madness” tonight in his campaign speech.  —  The AP reported: … Actually, the policies that are not working belong to Barack Obama.
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.”
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
New York Times:
Sense of Peril for Health Law 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.
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.
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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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 …
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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Mark Steyn / National Review:
Swingin' Kennedy  —  Since the retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor …
Discussion: Power Line
Erica Goode / New York Times:
Battles to Change Prison Policy of Solitary Confinement
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Democratic mayors challenge teachers unions in urban political shift
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Another $17 trillion surprise found in Obamacare
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In U.S., Global Warming Views Steady Despite Warm Winter
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Andrew Theen / Bloomberg:
Obama Campus Fervor Losing to Apathy as Students Sour on 2012
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Current TV fires Keith Olbermann
Discussion: Wonkette and americanthinker.com
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
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

 
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