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8:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Weekly Standard: Official Crusade

First lady Michelle Obama speaks during the presentation ceremony of the International Women of Courage Awards at the State Department March 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Obama Administration requires health care providers include birth control coverage.
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Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:03 am

Meghan Clyne contributes to The Weekly Standard.

On Feb. 11, as the debate over the Obama administration's rule forcing religious institutions to provide insurance for contraceptive and aborti-facient drugs to their employees was reaching fever pitch, a prominent American said:

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Opinion
8:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

New Republic: Birth Control Different Than Starbucks

From left to right, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah participate in a news conference on Medicare reform on Capitol Hill March 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul unveiled a Medicare reform plan that would allow seniors to join their Member of Congress's health plan.
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Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:11 am

Jonathan Cohn is the senior editor of The New Republic.

The controversy over contraception has faded a bit. Congressional Republicans are rethinking efforts to overturn a requirement that would make birth control coverage a mandatory part of health insurance. Rush Limbaugh has stopped talking about the issue, at least for the moment.

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Opinion
8:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Foreign Policy: Celebretarian Intervention

Actor George Clooney is arrested by members of the U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy March 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. Protesters organized against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's blockading of food and humanitarian aid in Sudan's Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions.
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Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 7:29 am

Joshua E. Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Three Teams That Could Be This Year's George Mason

D.J. Cooper of the Ohio Bobcats during Sunday's victory over South Florida, in Nashville.
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There's somebody like him in every workplace.

The know-it-all who just has to show how smart he is about the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

So, if you're like us and don't have a lot of time to pay attention to March Madness, might we suggest a proactive approach now that the field is down to the "Sweet 16?"

Pick one of these teams — North Carolina State, Ohio or Xavier.

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It's All Politics
7:25 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Monday Political Grab Bag: Romney Wins PR GOP Primary, Race Heads To Illinois

Mitt Romney at Charlie Parker's Diner in Springfield, IL, March 19, 2012.
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Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 10:45 am

Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico's Republican presidential primary Sunday, adding the commonwealth's 20 delegates to his commanding lead over the other candidates as they compete to reach the 1,144 needed for the nomination. Rick Santorum hurt himself with the island's voters by saying English had to become its official language before it could achieve statehood.

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