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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