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3:35 AM ET, March 26, 2010


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David Frum / FrumForum:
AEI Says Goodbye  —  I have been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute since 2003.  At lunch today, AEI President Arthur Brooks and I came to a termination of that relationship.  —  Below is the text of my letter of resignation. … Follow David Frum on twitter: @davidfrum
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
David Frum and the Closing of the Conservative Mind  —  As some readers of this blog may know, I was fired by a right wing think tank called the National Center for Policy Analysis in 2005 for writing a book critical of George W. Bush's policies, especially his support for Medicare Part D. In the years since …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Frum: AEI Says They Didn't Axe Me For Slamming GOP  —  I just got off the phone with writer David Frum, and he says the conservative American Enterprise Institute assured him today that he isn't being fired because of his recent blistering criticism of the GOP, as has been widely speculated this afternoon.
Discussion: Roger Ailes
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Frum Forced Out at Conservative Institute
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPMCafe
Sarah Ebner / Times of London:
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’  —  Giles Whittell, Washington, and James Hider, Jerusalem  —  For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare.  For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws …
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Post poll: Obama still in single digits  —  9% of local Jews say US administration pro-Israel; 48% call it pro- Palestinian.  —  Talkbacks (12)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds
Natasha Mozgavaya / Haaretz:
Nearly 300 Congress members declare commitment to ‘unbreakable’ U.S.-Israel bond
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim
Discussion: YID With LID
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Embracing the freakshow  —  As Barack Obama's campaign for president heated up, the Secret Service fielded a stream of threats of various seriousness.  His canvassers sometimes encountered hostile, even racist, remarks and scary situations.  The long, ugly spring of 2008 produced a smashed window …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama to repeal-minded Republicans: ‘Go for it’  —  President Barack Obama on Thursday flipped into campaign mode and dared Republicans to repeal the healthcare law.  —  With his signature agenda item signed into law, Obama switched from selling the bill to aggressively promoting …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   What's in the Affordable Care Act?
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Richmond Police Statement On Cantor Office Vandalism  —  The Richmond Police Department released the following statement Thursday, along with this incident report:  —  Richmond Police Investigate Cantor Building Vandalism  —  March 25, 2010  —  The Richmond Police Department is investigating …
Fox News:
Cantor Says Campaign Office Was Shot At, Accuses Dems of Exploiting Threats
Washington Post:
Obama readies steps to fight foreclosures, particularly for unemployed  —  The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it is tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Big Expansion in Effort to Aid Homeowners Is Proposed
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New poll finds Obama tied with Anybody in 2012 vote  —  Here's a closeup photo above of the Republican candidate for president who's currently tied with President Obama for the 2012 White House race.  —  No one.  —  Or anyone.  —  A new CNN / Opinion Research Poll out this afternoon …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CNN:   CNN Poll: Obama tied in hypothetical 2012 matchup
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Year-long fight ends as health bill clears Congress  —  Congress completed its work Thursday night on the broadest social legislation in almost a half-century, as the House capped the year-long legislative saga over health reform by signing off on a package of fixes to the newly minted law.
The Hill:   House passes reconciliation fixes for healthcare bill
Jonathan Dienst / NBC New York:
“White Powder” Package Sent to Congressman Weiner's Office  —  Letter references “health care” vote  —  Law enforcement officials say a package with white powder was sent to Congressman Weiner's Queens office today.  —  A preliminary review shows the letter in part complained …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Undying Shame  —  I'm not sure John Boehner making …
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Zeitgeist Shifts  —  The psychology of victory and defeat is a remarkable thing.  A week ago, the Democrats were perceived to have an enormous political problem.  Their agenda was stalled in Congress.  There was a mass groundswell of public anger they had to contend with.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Coburn blocks extension of unemployment benefits, threatens start of recess  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has blocked passage of a crucial package of expiring provisions, including extended unemployment insurance benefits that are scheduled to run out on April 5.
Discussion: The Note
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Report: Senate Republicans Preparing Second Bunning-Style Showdown
The Washington Independent:
Gates Sharply Limits 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  Changes Will Make It Difficult to Remove a Service Member Who Does Not Come Out as Gay  —  In a major victory for opponents of the military's ban on open homosexual service, Defense Secretary Robert Gates significantly revised how the Pentagon …
Nathaniel Frank / The Huffington Post:   What the Changes to DADT Mean: The Good, The Bad and the Politically Dangerous
Steve Forbes / Fox News:
Could a Chavez-Style Media Crackdown Be Coming Our Way?  —  Think things are going from bad to worse in Venezuela as Chavez continues to crackdown on his critics?  Wait till you hear about plans for “media reform” in the U.S. by Chavez supporter and Free Press founder Robert McChesney.
Capitol Weekly:
Could Goldman Sachs do to California what it did to Greece?  —  Recent reports that financial legerdemain engineered by Goldman Sachs helped destabilize the Greek economy ought to make Californians nervous.  It's time to ask if Goldman could do to us what it appears to have done to the Greeks and, indirectly, to the rest of Europe.
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark  —  As I have said over and over and over, the left has one trick that it will use again and again when its back is in the corner: shout ‘racist’ in a crowded country.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Possible Retirement, the Likelihood of an Election-Year Confrontation  —  WASHINGTON — No announcement has been made, but the widely anticipated retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens in coming weeks has the White House, Senate and lobbying groups bracing for an election-year confrontation over the future of the Supreme Court.
NPR Blogs:
NPR Changes Abortion Language  —  Last week, I wrote a post about how NPR identifies people who support or oppose abortion.  It engendered a lively debate inside and outside NPR.  Today, some top editors got together to review the 2005 policy and decided to no longer use “pro-choice” or “pro-life.”
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea partiers air doubts about Armey  —  It seemed a strange fit to begin with — a former House Republican leader turned $750,000-a-year Washington lobbyist who resurfaced as perhaps the single most identifiable leader of a populist, anti-Washington movement.
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Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
We Good Europeans  —  For now, we better start adjusting …
Ian Vasquez / Cato @ Liberty:
Chavez Arrests the President of Globovision Television
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Kaiser Health News:
Coverage For Sick Kids Under Question In New Law
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rahm Emanuel: ‘A lot of heat... not light’
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rove: I did not want Cheney as VP
Discussion: CNN
Peterhamby / CNN:
Condom sent to Democrat who voted for health care bill
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Discussion: The Huffington Post and Telegraph
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval at 51% After Healthcare Vote
Kos / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: Halter gains on Lincoln, strongest vs GOP
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMDC
Ezra Klein:
11 predictions for the health-care reform bill
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
OfA fundraises off threats
Ezra Klein:
Senate passes reconciliation fixes 56-43
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill