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11:40 AM ET, March 19, 2010

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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 …
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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.
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.
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Shmuel Rosner / Jerusalem Post:
Is Obama “fair and friendly”?
Discussion: Commentary and Laura Rozen's Blog
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
There's more to U.S.-Israel crisis than Netanyahu vs. Obama
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.
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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:
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
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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:
After a Bitter Campaign, Forging an 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.
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.
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
The Sell-Out on Gitmo Is Nigh — By: Andy McCarthy
Discussion: Hot Air
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Read the Bill: Senate Plan Would Pay for Abortions at Community Health Centers  —  If there are any wavering pro-life Democrats in this late hour who need to be persuaded about how awful the Senate health care bill is, they should read two memos that make it clear how the Senate bill …
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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
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 …
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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 …
Ezra Klein:
Discrediting the legislative process itself  —  So far in the health-care debate, Republicans have attacked the legitimacy of private negotiations, parochial dealmaking, the budget reconciliation process, self-executing rules, the Congressional Budget Office's analyses, and even the constitutionality of the legislation.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
World Tribune.com:
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.
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
Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
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 …
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.
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 …
J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
16,500 more IRS agents needed to enforce Obamacare  —  New tax mandates and penalties included in Obamacare will cause the greatest expansion of the Internal Revenue Service since World War II, according to a release from Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.  —  A new analysis by the Joint Economic Committee …
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
 
 
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Kevin Sack / New York Times:
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Huckabee, evangelicals take action beyond base
Discussion: GOP 12
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Pakistan arrests halt UN contacts with Taliban
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Harry Kresky / The Huffington Post:
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