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1:43 PM, March 12th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, Mar 12th

  1. Mississippi Voters: Obama’s a Muslim: Many in the South are not still convinced that President Obama is a Christian. A survey by Public Policy Polling reveals that a majority of Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi—states with primary elections on Tuesday—believe the president is a Muslim. 
  2. Activists: Syrians ‘Massacred’ in Homs: Syrian activists and opposition groups said 26 children and 21 women were “massacred” Monday by pro-government gunmen in the besieged city of Homs. State media confirmed the deaths of at least 12 people, but instead blamed “armed terrorists”—a term Bashar al-Assad’s regime has used to describe the opposition. 
  3. Justice Dept. Strikes Texas Voter ID LawThe U.S. has scuttled a Texas law that would have required voters to show a photo ID in order to vote, arguing that it would have unfairly targeted the state’s Hispanic voters. What’s more, the Justice Department also argued that there was no problem to fix in the first place. 
  4. Afghans Want Public Trial for U.S. Soldier: The Afghan parliament is calling for a public trial against the U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 civilians Sunday. Lawmakers want the man, who allegedly shot dead nine children and three women, to face trial in Afghanistan, and passed a resolution saying that they’ve lost patience with foreign troops.
  5. Nixon Wrote Love LettersThe Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in California is celebrating the 100th birthday of his wife, Pat, with love letters that “Tricky Dick” wrote her years before rising to power. Nixon gushed and called his future bride “sweet ones,” “dearest heart,” and “Irish gypsy.” “Every day and every night I want to see you and be with you,” he wrote. “Let’s go for a long ride Sunday; let’s go to the mountains weekends; let’s read books in front of fires; most of all, let’s really grow together and find the happiness we know is ours.

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Photo: Free Syrian Army fighters console a comrade after an ambulance carried an injured friend to a hospital during fierce fighting against government troops in northern Syria. (Rodrigo Abd / AP Photo)

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10:22 AM, March 1st, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Mar. 1st

  1. Senate Takes Up Contraception Bill: An amendment that would allow employers to avoid insurance regulations that they find morally objectionable goes before the Senate for a vote Thursday. Put forward by Republican Senator Roy Blunt, the bill “is about the First Amendment,” said Blunt in a February press release. “It’s not about any one issue.” 
  2. Andrew Breitbart Dead at 43Andrew Breitbart, publisher, commentator, and new-media advocate who helped build the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post in addition to his own aggregation sites, has died. 
  3. 2 U.S. Troops Dead in Afghanistan: Two NATO troops were killed in what may be the latest incident involving an Afghan serviceman—or insurgent masquerading as one—shooting NATO soldiers. 
  4. Gas Could Spike to $5 a GallonTensions between the West and countries like Syria and Iran may conceivably hike gas prices up to $5 a gallon, especially as the summer months loom and Americans plan getaways. 
  5. Syria Rebels Pull Out of Homs: Following a brutal month-long assault—and threats from the Syrian government that they would “cleanse” and “mop up” the city—rebels have fled from the opposition hub of Homs.

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Photo: Carissa Westfall helps salvage products from Nature’s Sunshine Health Foods store in Branson, Missouri, after  storms that spawned tornadoes ripped through the Midwest. (Sarah Conrad / Landov) More photos of the day

11:06 AM, February 8th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Feb. 8th

  1. Santorum Sweeps Three Primaries: Do GOP voters have a new favorite non-Romney? Rick Santorum won a stunning three-state victory last night, beating his rivals in the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and in a nonbinding primary in Missouri.
  2. Homs Shelling Redoubles: So much for the Russian envoy. Bashar al-Assad’s forces redoubled their shelling of the Syrian city of Homs, killing at least 40 people, according to activists. Residents say it’s the heaviest bombardment yet. EXTRA: Shocking Photos & Video From Syria
  3. Ron Paul Takes Second in Minnesota: Last night was a good one for Rick Santorum, but Ron Paul also got a bump, beating out Mitt Romney to come in second place in Minnesota. Paul got 27 percent of the vote in Minnesota, 10 points more than Romney.
  4. Earmarks Linked to Family TiesMore than a dozen members of Congress send earmarks to organizations affiliated with members of their immediate family, according to a Washington Post investigation.
  5. Greece Meets to Avoid Default: After yesterday’s “crunch meeting” was postponed because of missing paperwork, Greece is meeting again in an attempt to agree on reform that would save the country from default. 

Watch: John Avlon asks, Can Santorum Upset Romney? in the latest installment of Campaign Chronicles.

Photo: Jyoti Amge, 18, the world’s ‘shortest woman living (mobile),’ sits in a car while campaigning for a local right-wing political party. (Punit Paranjpe / AFP / Getty Images)

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