9:45am

Wed March 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Women Continue To Fill Rick Perry's Facebook Wall With Mock Questions

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 9:46 am

Gov. Rick Perry's Facebook page, the scene of contention.
Facebook.com/GovernorPerry

Here's the first of more than 5,600 comments we saw this morning when we went to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Facebook page and opened up a post on his wall thanking those who supported his bid for the Republican presidential nomination:

"Governor Perry, I am experiencing mid-cycle cramping. Is this a punishment from god for not getting pregnant this month?"

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8:50am

Wed March 21, 2012

8:36am

Wed March 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Why Dreams Of A Contested GOP Convention Are Slipping Away Again

Like leap year, talk of a brokered convention seems to surface every presidential cycle. Unlike leap year, the brokered convention itself rarely seems to happen in the end.

But this time around, as the GOP candidates grind it out delegate by delegate, the prospects seemed greater than at any time in the past few decades. As recently as Monday, Rick Santorum insisted he could collect enough delegates to deny rival Mitt Romney the 1,144 needed to clinch the nomination outright.

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8:35am

Wed March 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Trayvon Martin's Killer Had Been Accused Of Violence In The Past

George Zimmerman, in a 2005 mug shot provided by the Orange County (Fla.) jail, via The Miami Herald.
AP
  • Kathy Lohr, on 'Morning Edition'

As national attention continues to be focused on the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last month and the questions it resurrects about race relations in the U.S., The Orlando Sentinel today adds to what's known about George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who pulled the trigger.

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7:49am

Wed March 21, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Summer Jobs Seen as Key in Ending Youth Violence

Differing strategies to prevent youth violence are being weighed by Lexington’s city leaders.  A nine month study by the Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety produced several recommendations. It suggests spending 150 thousand dollars to hire 150 more teens in the city’s summer youth employment program over two years.  It would begin in 2013.   City, business, and volunteer support would go to expand park programs this summer.  Urban County Council member Chris Ford offered the report Tuesday at city hall.  He says youth suggestions are being sought.

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7:40am

Wed March 21, 2012
The Two-Way

It Was Inevitable: Romney's Win In Illinois Resurrects The I-Word

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 8:41 am

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at his victory party Tuesday in Schaumburg, Ill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
  • Ari Shapiro on 'Morning Editon'

From Fox News' On The Record with Greta Van Susteren to The Wall Street Journal and Politico, Tuesday's relatively easy win for Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney in the Illinois primary has renewed talk about him being the "inev

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7:10am

Wed March 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Developing: Suspect Surrounded In France, Claims Al-Qaida Ties

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 9:06 am

French police officers at the scene of the siege today in Toulouse, where a suspect in recent killings is said to be holed up in an apartment.
Pascal Guyot AFP/Getty Images
  • Eleanor Beardsley, on 'Morning Edition'

There's a dramatic scene unfolding in Toulouse, France, where police have surrounded an apartment building in which the suspect in the recent high-profile killings of at least seven people is said to be barricaded.

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7:01am

Wed March 21, 2012
It's All Politics

In Winner-Take-All Wisconsin, Looming GOP Primary Is Just A Sideshow

Volunteers at the Wisconsin Democratic Party's recall office in Waukesha entered names from petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker into their voter databases on March 20.
Liz Halloran NPR

Mary Beth Kopidlansky of Waukesha says she knows who she'll vote for in Wisconsin's upcoming GOP presidential primary (Mitt Romney), but that's not really what she's interested in talking about.

For Kopidlansky, and most potential voters in this most Republican of Wisconsin counties, the contest that is consuming them and the rest of the state is not the state's April 3 presidential primary when 42 potentially crucial delegates will be awarded.

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6:43am

Wed March 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Are Primary Republicans Chasing Romney Or The Reagan Rainbow?

Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 12:28 pm

President Ronald Reagan looms over today's GOP field. Here he waves as he boards Air Force One after a brief three-hour visit to Washington state on April 20, 1984.
Barry Sweet AP

Rick Santorum's underdog campaign limped out of Illinois to fight another day, but his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination goes forward under a long shadow.

It's not really the shadow of Mount Mitt, even though front-runner Romney's big win in Illinois heightened his pile of delegates. Romney creeps ever closer to inevitability, yet he too is caught in the same shadow of a man who left the stage two decades ago but dominates it to this day.

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6:00am

Wed March 21, 2012
Civil War Sesquicentennial

Todd-Lincoln "Condolence" Letter on Auction

In 1998, the fledgling National First Ladies Library in Canton got an offer it had to refuse—a nearly 140-year-old letter of condolence written on black-bordered stationary by Mary Todd Lincoln, a letter filled with anguish, yet seeded with hope.

The library’s director of education, Lucinda Frailly, says her group was simply in no position to buy.

“We didn’t have the money at the time. We were so young, very young. I wasn’t here yet. There may have only been a couple of employees, and we had to let it go.”

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