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) 

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