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11:45 PM ET, March 25, 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 and NewsReal Blog
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Frum Forced Out at Conservative Institute
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TPMCafe
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill  —  Just before the House of Representatives passed sweeping health care legislation last Sunday, 41% of voters nationwide favored the legislation while 54% were opposed.  Now that President Obama has signed the legislation into law, most voters want to see it repealed.
CNN:   CNN Poll: Obama tied in hypothetical 2012 matchup
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New poll finds Obama tied with Anybody in 2012 vote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim  —  Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday.
Discussion: and YID With LID
Natasha Mozgavaya / Haaretz:
Nearly 300 Congress members declare commitment to ‘unbreakable’ U.S.-Israel bond
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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
Fox News:
Cantor Says Campaign Office Was Shot At, Accuses Dems of Exploiting Threats  —  Republican Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that his Richmond campaign office has been shot at and that he's received “threatening e-mails” — but at the same time accused top Democrats of trying to exploit …
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.
Discussion: Swampland
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.
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
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
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.
Ezra Klein:
11 predictions for the health-care reform bill  —  I'm a little confused by this post Megan McArdle has written saying that I refuse to make testable predictions regarding the eventual impact of health-care reform.  As I told her in the e-mail exchange that led to her post …
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.
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.”
Peterhamby / CNN:
Condom sent to Democrat who voted for health care bill  —  Rep. Betty McCollum is a Democrat from Minnesota who voted for the health care bill.  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, was one of several members of Congress who reported receiving obscene and threatening letters …
John Stossel:
They Fly First Class  —  Will you and your family put off a vacation this year because you can't afford it?  Too bad, because you have paid for some terrific trips — for government bureaucrats.  The Washington Times reports that last year $13 billion in tax dollars was spent to pamper …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Roll Call:
Spivak: The Long Debate Over a Senatorial Recall  —  With 2010 shaping up to be a good electoral year for the conservative movement, some activists are trying to expand the Democratic losses beyond just those incumbents facing a tough race in November.  These activists have been calling …
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Kaiser Health News:
Coverage For Sick Kids Under Question In New Law
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Fox News:
U.S. Softens Sanction Plan Against Iran
Discussion: Hot Air, Doug Ross and Weasel Zippers
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up in Ohio and Wisconsin
Discussion: GOP 12 and Real Clear Politics
George Bush's clean hands in Haiti
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Telegraph
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC Blackwater event is on
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval at 51% After Healthcare Vote
Discussion: Swampland, The Daily Dish and The Swamp
Kos / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: Halter gains on Lincoln, strongest vs GOP
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMDC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
OfA fundraises off threats
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
The Scent of Weakness
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and The Jawa Report
Ezra Klein:
Senate passes reconciliation fixes 56-43
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's healthcare: Iowa then and now
Discussion: The Politico