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11:00 AM ET, March 19, 2010


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Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
Haaretz Poll: Most Israelis see Obama as fair and friendly  —  U.S. President Barack Obama's popularity may be declining in American public opinion, but a sweeping majority of Israelis think his treatment of this country is friendly and fair, according to a Haaretz-Dialog poll conducted this week.
Shmuel Rosner / Jerusalem Post:
Is Obama “fair and friendly”?  —  I must say I was surprised to see the headline, but less so after reading the small letters more carefully.  As I'm sure this new Haaretz poll is going to make headlines - it will be highlighted by all those wanting President Obama to pressure Israelis even more …
Discussion: Commentary
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel to engage in ‘trust-building’ moves in wake of East Jerusalem row
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
There's more to U.S.-Israel crisis than Netanyahu vs. Obama
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CONFUSION-BASED RAGE, CONT'D.... Former Bush speechwriter David Frum enlisted some interns this week to survey Tea Party activists protesting in D.C. earlier this week.  The goal was to get a sense of the activists' understanding of taxes — ostensibly, the “movement's” raison d'etre — and factual knowledge.
Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
The Misinformed Tea Party Movement  —  For an antitax group, they don't know much about taxes.  —  On March 16 the Tea Party crowd showed up for yet another demonstration on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Curious about the factual knowledge these people have regarding the issues they are protesting …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
CBO: Obamacare Would Cost Over $2 Trillion  —  The CBO's most recent analysis is out, and it's not likely to convince wavering House Democrats to jump to the Obamacare side of the fence.  Even the Democrats are granting that the latest version of their proposed health care overhaul would cost $69 billion more than the previous version.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
First Thoughts on the CBO Score  —  As fate would have it, on the day that the CBO report is released, I am in standby hell, and running low on laptop juice.  So my thoughts on the CBO score, and the revised reconciliation bill, are necessarily somewhat preliminary.  But here is what I've noticed so far:
Wall Street Journal:
Now for the Slaughter  —  On the road to Demon Pass, our leader encounters a Baier.  —  Excuse me, but it is embarrassing—really, embarrassing to our country—that the president of the United States has again put off a state visit to Australia and Indonesia because he's having trouble passing …
New York Times:
From Bitter Campaign to Strong Alliance  —  WASHINGTON — On a snowy Thursday shortly before her weekly meeting with President Obama last month, Hillary Rodham Clinton got a distressing phone call: her husband, Bill Clinton, was in a hospital with chest pains and needed an urgent heart procedure.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
Ensign's refusal to resign harms many in his circle  —  It's no longer a question of “if” but of “when” between now and January 2013 that John Ensign's short, previously happy, suddenly unhappy life as a senator will end.  —  One week after I told you about Ensign's breathtakingly obtuse statement through …
Discussion: Swampland, AMERICAblog News and The Eye
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
In Health Vote, Democrats Weigh Success vs. Survival  —  WASHINGTON — In the homestretch of the health care debate, one obvious question being asked across the capital is whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi will find 216 votes to pass the bill.  For a group of particularly jittery Democrats …
US Department of State:
Joint Statement by the Quartet  —  Washington, DC  —  The Quartet - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, and High Representative for Foreign Affairs …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Are Anti-Abortion Democrats Open to a Deal on Health Care?  —  Rep. Bart Stupak Says He and His Supporters are Holding Firm But They Are Open to Negotiations  —  Anti-abortion Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak says he will vote “No” on the health care bill unless changes are made to accommodate …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Read the Bill: Senate Plan Would Pay for Abortions at Community Health Centers
Mark Murray /
FIRST THOUGHTS: DEMS AND BIG MO  —  After a couple of months of catching very few breaks, Dems have the momentum on health care... But that doesn't mean everything will be smooth sailing between now and Sunday... First Read names names on Dems that still need convincing …
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Ex-general links gay troops to Bosnian genocide  —  A retired Marine general told senators on Thursday that the Dutch Army failed to protect the city of Srebrenica during the Bosnian war partly because of the presence of gay soldiers in its armed forces.  —  John J. Sheehan …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Columnist: Closing Arguments on Health Care  —  One way or another, the fate of health care reform is going to be decided in the next few days.  If House Democratic leaders find 216 votes, reform will almost immediately become the law of the land.  If they don't, reform may well be put off …
Discussion: Washington Post and TPMDC
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Boccieri decision at 10:40  —  Freshman Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio) will announce his health care vote at a press conference at 10:40 a.m. at the Capitol.  —  The fact that he's holding a press conference suggests it's a win for the Democratic leadership.  It seems unlikely he'd make a big show …
Discussion: The Page
Les Blumenthal / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
State of the health care debate: Talk radio attacks an 11-year old  —  WASHINGTON — Conservative talk show hosts and columnists have ridiculed an 11-year-old Washington state boy's account of his mother's death as a “sob story” exploited by the White House and congressional Democrats like a …
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:
Setbacks Zero Out Gains in Whip Count  —  House Democrats officially gained two and lost two on Thursday as they continued their painstaking zigzag toward 216 votes and final passage of a sweeping health care overhaul, now likely on Sunday.  —  Leaders got two pieces of good news …
Obama blocks delivery of bunker-busters to Israel  —  WASHINGTON — The United States has diverted a shipment of bunker-busters designated for Israel.  —  Officials said the U.S. military was ordered to divert a shipment of smart bunker-buster bombs from Israel to a military base in Diego Garcia.
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Pakistan arrests halt UN contacts with Taliban  —  KABUL - The arrests of top Taliban figures in Pakistan abruptly halted secret U.N. contacts with the insurgency at a time when the efforts were gathering momentum, the U.N.'s former envoy to Afghanistan said Friday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Michele Bachmann Means No Disrespect When She Accuses Media Of “Treason”  —  BACHMANN (On Bill Bennett's radio show 3/18/10): Well, I'm amazed that they actually were willing to be shocked.  Because for most of the time they have been, and you know, I don't mean any disrespect, but they've been treason media.
Discussion: Think Progress
Henny Sender / Financial Times:
Rival warned regulators over Lehman  —  Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Reserve officials were warned by a leading Wall Street rival that Lehman Brothers was incorrectly calculating a key measure of its financial health months before its collapse in 2008, people familiar with the matter say.
Jay Fitzgerald / Boston Herald:
Stephen Lynch strong ‘no’ on health bill despite talk with President Obama  —  Not even President Barack Obama could sway U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch from voting against a health-care reform package now headed for a dramatic weekend showdown.  —  After emerging from a 40-minute Oval Office meeting …
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
The Undecideds  —  Political circumstances have changed for many members since the November health care vote, but especially for those who have announced their retirements in the ensuing months.  —  Without ballot box pressures, it will be extremely difficult for these members to turn …
New York Post:
Computer glitch blamed for years of police raids on elderly Brooklyn couple's home  —  A computer database glitch has sent police to the home of an elderly Brooklyn couple more than 50 times since 2002, sheepish cops admitted today.  —  Walter and Rose Martin endured the most recent raid on Tuesday …
Wall Street Journal:
Deal Near on Gitmo, Detainee Trials  —  The White House is nearing a deal with a bipartisan group of senators to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and pave the way for more detainees to be tried before military commissions, a move that would reverse a signature Obama administration security policy.
Ed Whelan / The Corner on National Review Online:
It's Now or Never — By: Ed Whelan  —  If you want to make your voice heard on the health-care bill before the House votes on Sunday, you'd better do so quickly.  To make things easier for you, here, organized in alphabetical order by state, are the 40 key Democratic members …
Washington Post:
The right way to mend immigration  —  Our immigration system is badly broken.  Although our borders have become far more secure in recent years, too many people seeking illegal entry get through.  We have no way to track whether the millions who enter the United States on valid visas each year leave when they are supposed to.
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
CBO: Health Bill Would Force Families to Buy Insurance Costing a Minimum of $12,000 Per Year—Whether Government or Employer Helps Them or Not  —  ( - If Congress passes the Senate health-care plan, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office …
New York Times:
Levy to Challenge Lazio in Republican Race for Governor  —  ALBANY — The campaign for the Republican nomination for governor was blown wide open on Thursday as the party's presumptive frontrunner, Rick A. Lazio, lost key support after a last-minute entry into the race by a conservative Long Island Democrat.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and City Room
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Dismantling of Saudi-CIA Web site illustrates need for clearer cyberwar policies  —  By early 2008, top U.S. military officials had become convinced that extremists planning attacks on American forces in Iraq were making use of a Web site set up by the Saudi government and the CIA to uncover terrorist plots in the kingdom.
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J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
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