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9:20 AM ET, March 26, 2010

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Going to Extreme  —  I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers go wild as health reform finally became law.  But a few days later, it doesn't seem quite as entertaining — and not just because of the wave of vandalism and threats aimed at Democratic lawmakers.
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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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama tied in hypothetical 2012 matchup
Discussion: The Page
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 …
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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
Avi Issacharoff / Haaretz:
Netanyahu faces a U.S. adamant about East Jerusalem
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 …
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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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Frum thinks critique of GOP led to boot — 2 big bipartisan bashes — Chris Matthews, cornered — HHS Secretary is vastly more powerful — Jackie Calmes to White House beat — Kimberly Dozier to AP  —  FIRST LOOK: Valerie Jarrett is Jake Tapper's exclusive guest Sunday as he begins four months of interim-hosting of “This Week.”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Frum: AEI Says They Didn't Axe Me For Slamming GOP
Discussion: Roger Ailes
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: Firedoglake and The Note
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Ben Pershing / Washington Post:   Unemployment benefits set to expire April 5
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Iowa man joins protest against Obama and health-care reform  —  IOWA CITY, IOWA — He had no plans to throw bricks, issue death threats, spit in faces or scream racial slurs.  But Randy Millam, 52, intended to make a scene, so he woke up early Thursday morning to prepare for President Obama's visit.
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
AN IMPLAUSIBLE REPORT IN THE SEATTLE TIMES: “A rock was thrown through the window of Driehaus' Cincinnati office Sunday.”  —  Justin Binik-Thomas emails from Cincinnati that Rep. Driehaus' office “is on the 30th floor of a skyscraper downtown.”  He also says that he spoke to Driehaus' office today and they said this never happened.
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The Note:
McCain and Palin, Together Again: Palin Stumps for McCain in Arizona, Targets Reid in Nevada  —  For the first time since November 2008, Sarah Palin hits the campaign trail today for John McCain.  It's the first stop in a Republican counter-attack that she hopes to lead.  —  Sarah Palin's message to conservatives?
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.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
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.
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WSJ Blogs - WSJ:
GOP Warns on Recess Appointment of Becker to NLRB
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.
Bloomberg:
JPMorgan, Lehman, UBS Named as Conspirators in Muni Bid-Rigging  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and UBS AG were among more than a dozen Wall Street firms involved in a conspiracy to pay below-market interest rates to U.S. state and local governments on investments …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and The BLT
New York Times:
Pope Was Told Pedophile Priest Would Get Transfer  —  MUNICH — The future Pope Benedict XVI was kept more closely apprised of a sexual abuse case in Germany than previous church statements have suggested, raising fresh questions about his handling of a scandal unfolding under his direct supervision …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Undying Shame  —  I'm not sure John Boehner making a generic statement that violence, threats and vandalism aren't legitimate parts of the Health Care Reform debate really cuts it.  Especially when his own congressional campaign committee is actively downplaying the importance …
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Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Personal Income Drops Across U.S.  —  Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday.  —  Nevada's 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating.  Also hit hard: Wyoming, where incomes fell 3.9%.
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.
New York Times:
Paterson Seen With Key Role in Abuse Case  —  Gov. David A. Paterson personally helped draft a statement last month that he hoped would be endorsed by a woman involved in a domestic dispute with one of his top aides, proposing language asserting that there had been no violence in the encounter …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Awl
 
 
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David Frum / FrumForum:
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Tom Lauricella / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Page
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
We Good Europeans  —  For now, we better start adjusting …
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