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11:53 AM, April 4th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, April 4th

  1. Santorum: ‘It’s Halftime’Rick Santorum may have suffered a triple defeat and be trailing in endorsements, money, and delegates—272 to Mitt Romney’s 646, according to the Associated Press—but he’s not bowing out yet. “It’s halftime,” he said at a rally in Mars, Pa., last night. 
  2. Mogadishu Theater Bombed: The heads of Somalia’s Olympic committee and football association were among the seven people killed in a bombing at a theater in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, early Tuesday. The Somali prime minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, was also present at the theater but he said he was unhurt.
  3. U.N. Team Races to Damascus: So much for the truce pledge. The United Nations said on Tuesday that it is rushing a team to Damascus after the Syrian regime sent reinforcements into rebel areas. The Syrian regime reportedly continued to bombard Homs and other cities, despite promising to withdraw troops in obedience to a U.N. peace plan. 
  4. Suspected Shooter Had Troubled Past: More details are emerging about One L. Goh, the man suspected of killing seven people at a nursing school on Monday. Goh came back to Oakland, where his ailing father lived, after running into financial difficulties in Hayes, Va. 
  5. Romney Takes WI, MD, DC: Everything is coming up Romney. Riding a wave of high-profile endorsements, Mitt Romney won clear victories in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., last night, solidifying his place as the Republican frontrunner and presumptive nominee. “Republicans are unifying,” said Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, a recent Romney backer. 

Photo: Today’s the 44th anniversary of MLK’s assassination. A new book pushes the theory that the KKK were involved with the leader’s death. (AP Photo)

1:29 PM, April 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 2nd

  1. Pakistan Jails Bin Laden Family: Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two eldest daughters have been sentenced to 45 days in jail and a fine of $114 each for living in Pakistan illegally. After their jail terms—in about two weeks, because they’ve already served a month of their sentence—they’re expected to be deported.
  2. Not Zimmerman’s Screams on 911 TapeThe cries for help heard in the background of a 911 call from the night of Trayvon Martin’s shooting are not George Zimmerman’s, experts said Sunday. The experts said that the tests would be admissible in court, and that similar tests had recently been allowed into evidence in a murder trial. Screams and a single handgun report are heard in the recording. 
  3. Syria Agrees to Deadline: Is this finally the end of violence in Syria? Kofi Annan has reportedly said that the nation—mainly President Assad—has agreed to a six-point peace plan. The plan specifies a UN-supervised ceasefire in which all soldiers and weapons will be removed from cities within 48 hours of an April 10 deadline. 
  4. 12 Survivors in Russian Plane Crash: A dozen people survived the crash of a turboprop aircraft in Siberia and 31 were killed in an accident that Russian officials are now blaming on icing. 
  5. Santorum Ad Compares Mitt with Obama: Rick Santorum’s latest Wisconsin ad asks voters if they would support a candidate who advocated for a health-care overall, a Wall Street bailout, and “job killing” cap-and-trade legislation. Behind the narrator is the image of President Obama, but then it’s revealed that the candidate she is talking about is actually Mitt Romney. See what you did there. 

Photo: A surfer approaches Lake Ontario in near freezing temperatures as part of “the Freshest Wave” competition. (Mark Blinch / Reuters-Landov)

12:44 PM, March 27th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, Mar 27th

  1. Syria Accepts U.N. Peace PlanInternational envoy Kofi Annan said Tuesday that Syria has accepted a U.N. ceasefire proposal, but that much remains to be done to implement the plan. “I indicated that I had received a response from the Syrian government and will be making it public today, which is positive, and we hope to work with them to translate it into action,” Annan told reporters in Beijing.
  2. Kennedy: Gov’t Has ‘Heavy Burden’: In the second day of oral arguments in the Supreme Court’s Obamacare case, Justice Anthony Kennedy told lawyers defending the law that the government as a “heavy burden of justification” to prove that the government can require citizens to purchase a service. 
  3. Al Jazeera Has Video of ShootingsAl Jazeera said on Monday that it had received video footage that appears to be of last week’s deadly attacks on a military base and a Jewish school in Toulouse. 
  4. North Korea Still Plans Missile Test: North Korea plans to roll the dice with its missile launch next month, despite stern warnings from President Obama and the international community to abandon the idea.
  5. Photo: Protesters demonstrating against the Affordable Care Act outside the Supreme Court on Monday, as the court begins hearing arguments against the law’s constitutionality. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo) 

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11:58 AM, March 20th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, Mar 20th

  1. Grand Jury to Hear Trayvon Martin CaseA grand jury will hear the Trayvon Martin case on April 10, the Florida Attorney General announced on Tuesday. Norm Wolfinger said that the state will use the grand jury “investigative resources” to figure out if criminal charges should be filed in the death of the 17-year-old. 
  2. Syrian Opposition Accused of Abuse: Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said the Syrian opposition has taken part in abuses that include kidnapping, detention, and torture of Syrian security-force members. Sarah Leah Wilson, the New York–based group’s Middle Eastern director, said the Syrian government’s “brutal tactics” do not justify the alleged abuses by the opposition groups.
  3. Romney Faces ‘Must-Win’ in IllinoisIt might not be Super Tuesday, but this Tuesday could be crucial to Mitt Romney. The Republican candidates face off in Illinois on Tuesday, with 54 delegates at stake—a victory Romney desperately needs after being pounded last week in Alabama and Mississippi.
  4. House GOP to Release Debt Plan: House Republicans will release their $261 billion deficit-reduction plan on Tuesday, with a focus on tax cuts. The plan, written by Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, would simplify the tax code by collapsing the current system of six tax brackets down to two marginal rates, Republican aides said Monday. 
  5. At least 39 Killed in Iraq BlastsAt least 39 people were killed and 188 injured in a series of car bombings throughout Iraq on Tuesday, hospital sources told MSNBC. The deadliest attack occurred in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Kerbala, where a health-department spokesman said 13 were killed and 48 people were injured in two explosions.

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Photo: Brazilian Olympics team member Cesar Castro trains for the upcoming games in London. (SERGIO MORAES)

1:42 PM, March 15th, 2012

In the summer of 1944, the Jews of Budapest wondered, who would risk his life for them while uniformed murderers prowled the streets hunting for Jews? An inexperienced 32-year-old Swede volunteered, and saved thousands. Wallenberg’s successful rescue makes clear that mass murder can and must be stopped. But the rescuers must be as zealous about their task as the murders are about theirs—and more creative….

Toward the end of 1944, even as Russian guns reverberated in the city’s outskirts, Eichmann was still determined to finish the job. Now, the Nazis and their Hungarian allies force-marched thousands of Jews to the German border. Pursuing the ragged columns, Wallenberg was a driven man. He shouted out, “Raise your hand if you hold a Swedish passport!” This way he pulled scores from the death marches, and speeded them back to Budapest. At a minimum, he thrust food, cognac and blankets at the marchers—a final human gesture for those en route to an inhuman end. 

What Raoul Wallenberg, a Swede who died in 1947, can teach us about Syria and other mass injustices

4:38 PM, March 14th, 2012

Bashar al-Assad’s iTunes Playlist

Hackers got a hold of about 3,000 emails from account shared by Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and his wife. One conversation chronicles the ruthless leader’s iTunes purchases, and let’s just say it’s an interesting mix. Without further ado, here’s a selection of songs purchased be the al-Assads. (Spotify playlist!) [h/t The Atlantic]

Blake Shelton - “God Gave Me You”

Right Said Fred - “Don’t Talk Just Kiss”

New Order - “Bizarre Love Triangle” 

The Cover Girls - “We Can’t Go Wrong” 

Leona Lewis - “Hurt”

Chris Brown - “Look at Me Now ft. Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes”

LMFAO - “Sexy and I Know It” 

5:45 PM, March 13th, 2012

nationalpost:

Gallery: Inside the Syria revolt
Despite a clampdown on journalists, some pictures from Syria are getting out. They show bombed buildings, dead bodies, graves and a suffering people. Above are some recent photographs. We’ll update with new information regularly.

Horrifying. 

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11:04 AM, March 13th, 2012
Frontpage: Tuesday, Mar 13th
Afghans Burn Obama in Effigy: There may be no “rush for the exits,” as President Obama said yesterday, but the administration is weighing changes to its Afghanistan withdrawal strategy, according to The New York Times. The plan was to end combat operations by the end of 2014, but with the recent Quran-burning scandal and last weekend’s massacre of Afghan civilians, the administration is debating whether to accelerate the process. Meanwhile thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Afghanistan to protest Sunday’s massacre, some burning Obama in effigy.
Newt Backer Sued for $375 Million: Sheldon Adelson—the Las Vegas billionaire known for bankrolling Gingrich’s presidential aspirations—is now facing down a $375 million lawsuit. Adelson and his family own Las Vegas Sands, a casino operator, which is being sued by former partner Asian American Entertainment for breach of contract regarding the company’s successful bid for a gambling license in Macau.
Rebekah Brooks Arrested Again: Rupert Murdoch’s flame-haired former deputy Rebekah Brooks is back in jail, part of a police sweep that took in five others in an investigation into phone hacking at News Corp. Brooks’s husband, horse trainer Charlie Brooks, was also taken in. 
Syria Laying Border Land Mines: Report: The forces of Bashar al-Assad have reached a new low, if a report from Human Rights Watch is true. The group says it has multiple accounts of land mines on Syria’s border with Lebanon and Turkey, along routes used by refugees to escape the violence. 
Ohio Bill Targets Viagra Users: A female Ohio legislator introduced a bill Monday that would require men to have medical tests and visit a sex therapist before getting a prescription for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. Ohio state Sen. Nan Turner said that if lawmakers want to put limits on women’s reproductive health, men’s reproductive health should also be examined. 
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Photo: Prince Harry playing polo. Prince Harry is killing it. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Frontpage: Tuesday, Mar 13th

  1. Afghans Burn Obama in Effigy: There may be no “rush for the exits,” as President Obama said yesterday, but the administration is weighing changes to its Afghanistan withdrawal strategy, according to The New York Times. The plan was to end combat operations by the end of 2014, but with the recent Quran-burning scandal and last weekend’s massacre of Afghan civilians, the administration is debating whether to accelerate the process. Meanwhile thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Afghanistan to protest Sunday’s massacre, some burning Obama in effigy.
  2. Newt Backer Sued for $375 Million: Sheldon Adelson—the Las Vegas billionaire known for bankrolling Gingrich’s presidential aspirations—is now facing down a $375 million lawsuit. Adelson and his family own Las Vegas Sands, a casino operator, which is being sued by former partner Asian American Entertainment for breach of contract regarding the company’s successful bid for a gambling license in Macau.
  3. Rebekah Brooks Arrested Again: Rupert Murdoch’s flame-haired former deputy Rebekah Brooks is back in jail, part of a police sweep that took in five others in an investigation into phone hacking at News Corp. Brooks’s husband, horse trainer Charlie Brooks, was also taken in. 
  4. Syria Laying Border Land Mines: Report: The forces of Bashar al-Assad have reached a new low, if a report from Human Rights Watch is true. The group says it has multiple accounts of land mines on Syria’s border with Lebanon and Turkey, along routes used by refugees to escape the violence. 
  5. Ohio Bill Targets Viagra UsersA female Ohio legislator introduced a bill Monday that would require men to have medical tests and visit a sex therapist before getting a prescription for Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs. Ohio state Sen. Nan Turner said that if lawmakers want to put limits on women’s reproductive health, men’s reproductive health should also be examined. 

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Photo: Prince Harry playing polo. Prince Harry is killing it. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

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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9:59 AM, March 10th, 2012
Frontpage Super-Duper Special Saturday Edition, Mar 10th
Obama Strikes Back on Gas Prices: President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to hit back at Republican critics who say his energy policy is causing rising gasoline prices that look to be heading toward $4 per gallon. “We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices—not when we consume 20 percent of the world’s oil,” Obama said, underscoring the importance of developing alternative energy and increasing fuel efficiency.
Assad Plays ‘Terrorists Card’: U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday in Damascus in an effort to get the Syrian regime to end its yearlong crackdown on dissidents. But Assad told Annan that dialogue with the opposition will not work when “armed terrorist groups” are operating. 
Gaza Fires 90 Rockets at Israel: Violence along the Israeli-Gaza frontier escalated again Saturday after Israeli troops killed at least a dozen people over the last two days in attacks and airstrikes they say are aimed at weapons-manufacturing sites and at wiping out militants. Palestinians in Gaza fired some 90 rockets into southern Israel on Friday and Saturday, injuring at least eight people, one critically. 
Santorum Strong in Kansas: Rick Santorum looks set for a comfortable lead in the state of Kansas, which holds its caucuses Saturday with 40 delegates up for grabs. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have skipped the state to focus on Alabama and Mississippi, with their primaries on Tuesday.
Russia Holds New Anti-Putin Protests: Some 20,000 people are holding fresh protests in Moscow against Vladimir Putin, who won a disputed election last weekend that’ll see him returned to the presidency for a third time. The opposition allege fraud, but the turnout for the rally was not as high as expected because organizers said they had failed to stop Putin securing another term. 
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Photo: Because it’s the weekend! (via bunnyfood, doozy:cutepugpics)

Frontpage Super-Duper Special Saturday Edition, Mar 10th

  1. Obama Strikes Back on Gas Prices: President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to hit back at Republican critics who say his energy policy is causing rising gasoline prices that look to be heading toward $4 per gallon. “We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices—not when we consume 20 percent of the world’s oil,” Obama said, underscoring the importance of developing alternative energy and increasing fuel efficiency.
  2. Assad Plays ‘Terrorists Card’: U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday in Damascus in an effort to get the Syrian regime to end its yearlong crackdown on dissidents. But Assad told Annan that dialogue with the opposition will not work when “armed terrorist groups” are operating. 
  3. Gaza Fires 90 Rockets at Israel: Violence along the Israeli-Gaza frontier escalated again Saturday after Israeli troops killed at least a dozen people over the last two days in attacks and airstrikes they say are aimed at weapons-manufacturing sites and at wiping out militants. Palestinians in Gaza fired some 90 rockets into southern Israel on Friday and Saturday, injuring at least eight people, one critically. 
  4. Santorum Strong in KansasRick Santorum looks set for a comfortable lead in the state of Kansas, which holds its caucuses Saturday with 40 delegates up for grabs. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have skipped the state to focus on Alabama and Mississippi, with their primaries on Tuesday.
  5. Russia Holds New Anti-Putin ProtestsSome 20,000 people are holding fresh protests in Moscow against Vladimir Putin, who won a disputed election last weekend that’ll see him returned to the presidency for a third time. The opposition allege fraud, but the turnout for the rally was not as high as expected because organizers said they had failed to stop Putin securing another term. 

Photo: Because it’s the weekend! (via bunnyfooddoozy:cutepugpics)

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10:55 AM, March 9th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 9th

  1. Syria Opposition Rejects Talks: The leader of Syria’s main opposition group on Friday rejected the idea of holding talks with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, saying it was pointless to speak to a regime that massacres its own people. 
  2. February Adds 227K Jobs: Another good jobs report. The U.S. economy added 227,000 new nonfarm jobs in February, better than expectations, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the much-anticipated jobs data for the second month of the 2012 election year. 
  3. Israeli Ex-Spy Chief: Don’t StrikeEven the former head of Israel’s intelligence service doesn’t think a military strike on Iran is smart right now. Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan said now isn’t the time to attack Iran over its nuclear program, and came to the defense of the country that’s often seen as the enemy of Israel.
  4. Taliban: Release bin Laden Wives: The Taliban on Friday pledged to attack the Pakistani government, police, and military officials if three of Osama bin Laden’s widows are not released from custody. 
  5. U.S. Agrees to Afghan Prisoners SwapThe United States has agreed to hand over some 3,200 detainees—most of them suspected Taliban insurgents—to the Afghan government Friday in a much faster transfer than previously expected. 

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Video: Angelina Jolie tells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Hawa Abdi at Women in the World Summit

9:54 AM, March 8th, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Mar 8th

  1. Justice Department Warns Apple Over eBooksApple didn’t get to bask in the glory of its new iPad for long. The Justice Department has warned the company—along with five of the biggest U.S. publishers—that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. Newt Camp: Next Votes ‘Must Wins’: Gingrich is looking for hospitality in Southern states. Spokesman R.C. Hammond admitted that it’s going to be a long slog from here, telling reporters, “Everything between Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich.” 
  3. Syria’s Oil Minister Joins Opposition: In a YouTube video, Syria’s deputy oil minister says he’s leaving Bashar al-Assad’s government and joining the opposition, the most high-profile defection since the revolt began.
  4. Hate Groups on RiseThe number of hate groups operating in the United States continues to rise, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has tracked such groups for 30 years. Fed by dislike of President Obama, changing racial demographics, and the growing gap between rich and poor, the number of hate groups and antigovernment organizations grew to 1,018 last year. 
  5. Pat Robertson: Legalize PotThis is a shift from preaching conservative family values. Evangelist Pat Robertson’s newest cause is the legalization of marijuana. “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Robertson told The New York Times. 
  6. Utah Passes Anti-Sex Ed Bill: Utah’s sex-ed classes are about to get a lot shorter. The state’s legislature passed a bill that would ban public schools from teaching contraception as a way of preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. The bill also prohibits teaching about homosexuality. 

Photo: Hindu devotees celebrate Holi—the festival of color—at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India. (Kevin Frayer / AP) 

9:54 AM, March 7th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Mar 7th

  1. Romney Ekes Out Ohio VictoryMitt Romney claimed the biggest Super Tuesday win in Ohio, barely eking out a victory with 38 percent of the vote to Rick Santorum’s 37. 
  2. Newt: ‘I’m the Tortoise’Newt Gingrich stepped out to address supporters at his Georgia headquarters after winning the state’s primary. Gingrich made his entrance to the song “Real American,” Hulk Hogan’s theme music and the same song President Obama jokingly walked out to after releasing his birth certificate. Lulz.
  3. Kucinich Out in Ohio Primary: Two longtime members of Congress were forced to face off in a heated battle in Ohio after district lines had been redrawn. Well-known Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who made bids for the presidency in 2004 and 2008, was beaten out in the Ninth District by fellow Rep. Marcy Kaptur, another Democrat.
  4. U.N. Chief Arrives in Syria: The United Nations’ humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, is in Damascus and on her way to the besieged city of Homs. Amos says her goal is to “urge all sides to allow unhindered access for humanitarian relief workers so they can evacuate the wounded and deliver essential supplies,” but Assad has blocked Red Cross aid convoys from entering the besieged city, citing security concerns.
  5. Netflix Mulls Cable Partnership: CEO Reed Hastings of Netflix has reportedly been meeting with cable companies to discuss partnerships that would involve tying online video streaming into existing cable services. I’d give them props if they called it Qwikster.

Photo: Taken in Steubenville, OH, March 6th by Charles Ommanney for Newsweek. See more of the gallery here

11:22 AM, March 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 2nd

  1. Poll: Romney Ahead in Virginia: After sweeping Tuesday’s primaries in Arizona and Michigan, Romney holds a strong lead in the big prize of Virginia, despite voter skepticism in the Super Tuesday state.
  2. Activists Allege Executions in Homs: Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are engaging in scorched earth tactics, staging executions and destroying buildings in Homs, according to Syrian activists. The UN puts the death count at 7,500, but activists say it’s significantly higher. 
  3. Iranians Vote for New Parliament: Iranians went to the polls Friday in a new parliamentary vote, the first in the country since the disputed 2009 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mass protests and crackdown that ensued. More than 48 million people are eligible at the 47,000 polling stations set up, but some of Ahmadinejad’s supporters are reportedly asking voters to stay away.
  4. EU Signs Fiscal TreatyAll but two of the European Union’s leaders met in Brussels on Friday to sign a new fiscal treaty in an attempt to prevent the region from running up huge debts like those that prompted bailouts in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal. 
  5. Obama: ‘I Don’t Bluff’ on IranDays before his upcoming talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama warned that the U.S. could take military action to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. “I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff,” Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. 

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Photo: ”At 33 years old, St. Ford is a former member a gang. Though nearly impossible to leave a gang, occassionally deals are made.” Part of an amazing series of photos from Port-au-Prince by Paolo Marchetti, taken in in August of 2010— seven months after the terrible earthquake. More from Haiti here.

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

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