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Stephen Colbert Talks Partisanship, Santorum Offends Puerto Ricans, and the Top 10 Stories to Read on Your Lunch Break

Here are the top 10 stories to read and watch on your lunch break:

(1) Why is Rick Santorum out-performing his poll numbers? New York Times' Nate Silver observes that Santorum won the Mississippi primary even though not one poll showed he had the lead, and he did the same in Iowa. "Over all, he has beaten his polling forecasts by an average of 2.1 percentage points. ... Why might he be beating his numbers? I can think of four major hypotheses: Voter enthusiasm. ... Cellphone-only voters. ... Southern hospitality and social desirability bias. ... Tactical voting."

(2) In other Rick Santorum news, the candidate traveled to Puerto Rico ahead of their Republican primary on Sunday and said Puerto Ricans must speak English if they want statehood. In an interview with the San Juan newspaper El Vocero, the 2012 presidential hopeful said that he hoped Puerto Rico would become the 51st state of the United States, but “(a)s in any other state, you have to comply with this and any federal law. And that is that English has to be the main language.” But this claim is false. “It’s incorrect to say that there’s a federal law imposing English as the only official language in our states,” said Del. Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico).

(3) Greg Smith's scathing New York Times op-ed against Goldman Sachs has "landed like a bomb" inside the company and sparked an intense debate over whether Wall Street is corrupted by greed and excess. Here's a great summary: "More than three years after the financial crisis, the perception that little has changed on Wall Street — and that no one has been held accountable for the risk-taking that led to the crisis — looms large in the public consciousness. While it was an unusual cry from the heart of a Wall Street insider, many questioned whether it would prompt any change."

(4) For all its goodwill, Invisible Children's Kony 2012 film is dangerous propaganda. In a piece entitled, "The Road to Hell is Pave with Viral Videos," David Riff writes the film is "suffused with an almost boastful naiveté and, more culpably, an American middle-class provincialism that illustrates beautifully the continuing relevance of the old adage about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. ... His film basically ignores the world outside North America, where the people he is trying to mobilize live, and central Africa, where Kony and his victims are."

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(5) Milennials are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and are often less civic-minded overall — than our parents. A new study published this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, finds that when surveyed decades ago, about a third of young baby boomers said it was important to become personally involved in programs to clean up the environment. In comparison, only about a quarter of young Gen Xers — and 21 percent of Millennials — said the same. Meanwhile, 15 percent of Millennials said they had made no effort to help the environment, compared with 8 percent of young Gen Xers and 5 percent of young baby boomers.

(6) Errol Morris, the Oscar-winning producer of The Fog of War profiling Vietnam War architect Robert McNamara, has gotten two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to sit for a lengthy series of interviews, which Morris aims to release later this year as a documentary feature filmIt’s not clear what the project will be called, or which studio would release Morris’s as-yet-untitled documentary.

(7) Stephen Colbert interviews No Labels co-founder and former George W. Bush speechwriter Mark McKinnon on the group's effort to clean up Congress: 

(8) According to a new analysis by non-profit research organization Climate Central, the pace of global warming may be growing faster than previously thought and odds of “century floods” (or worse) occurring by 2030 are on track to double or more, over widespread areas of the United States.

(9) Check out Al Jazeera's cool new tool tracking responses to Joseph Kony and Kony 2012 from inside Uganda. Listen to the voices of Ugandans themselves as they respond to the recent controversy.

(10) Young Invincibles has launched an 18-state National Youth Bus Tour from Madison, Wisconsin. The National Youth Bus Tour aims to raise the voices, stories and ideas of young Americans, with a focus on education, health care, and jobs. From March 14 to May 9, they'll be hosting over 100 youth roundtables and events to mobilize young Americans and put these critical issues front and center in the national debate. Find out more here

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