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Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Post Most Reads: March’s Top 10 Don’t Miss Stories


Lenny Robinson and Wonder Woman (Leslie Vincent from Cast of Thousands), with patient Fatou Mboge and her mom, Awa Janneh, at the annual Hope for Henry Superhero Celebration at Georgetown Hospital. (Photo by Allen Goldberg)
The Post delivers compelling, original journalism almost every minute across a variety of interests. But with so many stories, it’s natural for some to slip past your radar.

Not to worry. We combed through the most popular stories of March — a mixed bag of our most read and shared pieces, along with some of our favorites — to pull together the Post Most Reads: the top stories from March that you don’t want to miss.

These terrific stories are not a definitive Top 10 of the month, but do a offer smart, fun, engaging selection. Grab one now or bookmark a link using the save function from Instapaper or Read It Later, a simple tool we’ve included to make these stories even easier to curl up with.

Note: We want to include you in this process. Is there a story from last month worth recommending to Post readers? Drop a link in the comments and we’ll feature some of the best suggestions.

Who is the Route 29 Batman? This guy.

He carried two large bags of Batman books, rubber Batman symbol bracelets and various other toys up to the front desk, where the check-in attendant asked him his name. “Batman,” he said. Mike Rosenwald


(Rahimullah Yousafzai - AP)

At CIA, a convert to Islam leads the terrorism hunt

Roger, which is the first name of his cover identity, may be the most consequential but least visible national security official in Washington — the principal architect of the CIA’s drone campaign and the leader of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. In many ways, he has also been the driving force of the Obama administration’s embrace of targeted killing as a centerpiece of its counterterrorism efforts. — Greg Miller

Crisis management lessons for Rush Limbaugh

Cooke says Limbaugh is “too big to fail,” given his presence on so many stations and the financial hit those stations would take if they were forced to find a less popular substitute. However, there are alternatives. — Paul Farhi


(Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg)

Misleading story of Obama’s mother, insurance dispute

Note that none of the quotes in the film actually use the words “health insurance” or “health insurance coverage.” Instead, the first lady says “insurance” and Hanks says “coverage,” which could just as easily mean disability insurance. But that would not be as evocative — or as motivating. — Glenn Kessler

CIA divorces: The secrecy when the spies split

“He just got very angry and said through gritted teeth, ‘I am not going to have you ruin my career.’ I was terrified. He was tracking those guys. It was a real turning point,” she recalled. “I wondered, was our wedding a cover for an operation?” — Ian Shapira


(Barry Wetcher )

How to destroy an employee’s work life

Step 1: Never allow pride of accomplishment. When we analyzed the events occurring on people’s very worst days at the office, one thing stood out: setbacks. — Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer

Behind Obama’s failed ‘grand bargain’ on the debt

The reality was quite different. Around 11 a.m. July 17, John A. Boehner, the House speaker, and Eric Cantor, the majority leader, had slipped through a side entrance, out of view from the bank of television cameras stationed near the front gate off Pennsylvania Avenue. The on-and-off secret negotiations were on again. — Peter Wallsten, Lori Montgomery and Scott Wilson


(David McNew - Reuters)

Who is George Zimmerman?

There may be no box to check for George Zimmerman, no tidy way to categorize, define and sort the 28-year-old man whose pull of a trigger on a darkened Florida street is forcing America to once again confront its fraught relationship with race and identity. — Manuel Roig-Franzia, Tom Jackman and Darryl Fears

The bin Laden plot to kill President Obama

The man bin Laden hoped would carry out the attacks on Obama and Petraeus was the Pakistani terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri. “Please ask brother Ilyas to send me the steps he has taken into that work,” bin Laden wrote to his top lieutenant, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman. A month after bin Laden’s death, Kashmiri was killed in a U.S. drone attack. — David Ignatius

A million-dollar mortgage goes unpaid for years

In five years, they have never made a mortgage payment, a fact that amazes even the most seasoned veterans of the foreclosure crisis. — Annys Shin

Bonus: Clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters

But his tormentors crossed the line last fall when a big group showed up at his daughter’s middle school on the first day of classes and again at back-to-school night. They had signs displaying his name and contact information as well as those gory images of the fetuses. — Petula Dvorak

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Once again, we ask: Is there another story from last month worth recommending to Post readers? Drop a link in the comments and we’ll consider it for our list.

By Michael Katz  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/30/2012

 
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