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12:50 PM ET, March 26, 2010

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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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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Refuses to Dine With Jewish Leader
Telegraph:   Nile Gardiner  —  Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign …
Jerusalem Post:
Obama demands Netanyahu's peace answers by Saturday
Adrian Blomfield / Telegraph:
Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim
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.”
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Ready to Run on Health Law
Rachel Maddow / The Rachel Maddow Show:
Maddow takes full-page ad in Boston to say she's still not running  —  An ad slated for the Boston Globe.  (Click for full jpg or pdf.)  —  People in Massachusetts picking up their morning papers today may spot an open letter from Rachel Maddow.  The full-page ad explains that she's …
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Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Rachel Maddow slams ‘creep’ Scott Brown  —  Rips fund-raising on Dem-fueled rumor  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  Liberal TV lioness Rachel Maddow is demanding an apology from GOP U.S. Sen. Scott Brown for raising campaign dough on scuttlebutt she's planning …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
The Note:
Scott Brown, #41: 'I Wasn't Just Elected on Health Care'
Discussion: GOP 12
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.
Liberalgirl / State/Regional News for GoDanRiver:
Bullet that hit Cantor office was randomly fired  —  RICHMOND — A bullet that hit a window in Republican U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's office building was fired randomly into the air, police said Thursday.  —  Cantor announced at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday that a shot had been fired into his Richmond campaign office.
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Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Police On Cantor Incident: 'We're Calling It Random Gunfire' (VIDEO)  —  In an interview with TPM, a Richmond Police Department spokesman said the bullet that penetrated a window in a building that includes a campaign office of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) was “an act of random gunfire.”
CNN:
Lawmaker's office struck by ‘random gunfire’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Tea Party Advocates Who Scorn Socialism Want a Government Job  —  Tea Party activists, who are becoming a force in U.S. politics, want the federal government out of their lives except when it comes to creating jobs.  —  More than 90 percent of Tea Party backers interviewed …
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New York Times:
Obama Seals Arms Control Deal With Russia  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama finalized a new arms control treaty with Russia on Friday that will pare back the still-formidable cold war nuclear arsenals of each country.  The agreement brings to fruition one of the president's signature foreign policy objectives …
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Political Punch:
Obama Announces New Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
U.S., Russia reach agreement on nuclear arms treaty
BillPascoe.net:
Say Goodbye to Mitt Romney  —  Mitt Romney had his chance, and he blew it.  —  He was given the opportunity to establish himself as the Leader of the Republican Party on what has become the defining issue between the nation's two major political parties, and, in the process …
Discussion: GOP 12
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Health care Romney's Iraq?
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Beneath the Obama agenda, the Obama agenda  —  Last night, the House of Representatives passed the reconciliation fixes.  “And oh, by the way,” writes Jon Cohn, “they managed to completely revamp the student loan program along the way.  At any other time in recent memory, that would have been a huge accomplishment all its own.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:   The House Takes One Final Vote
Denver Post:
Harsanyi: Masters of distraction  —  The mob is furious.  And while it hollers on about “killing” bills, Republicans stoke the fury by calling on citizens to “target” races in “battleground” states.  —  Get it?  “Target.”  The violent intentions are palpable.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Nice Deb
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE LIMITS OF AN EXTREME IDEOLOGY.... The Washington Post ran a profile of Mike Vanderboegh, a 57-year-old former militiaman from Alabama, who disapproves of the new Affordable Care Act.  Vanderboegh, who describes himself as a “Christian libertarian” and has been part of various clandestine militia groups …
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 …
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BBC:
Vatican attacks media over abuse
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and PoliBlog
David M. Dickson / Washington Times:
CBO report: Debt will rise to 90% of GDP  —  President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020 …
Reuters:
South Korean ship sinking, North attack suspected: report  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean naval vessel with more than 100 aboard was sinking on Friday in waters near North Korea and Seoul was investigating whether it was hit in a torpedo attack by the North, South Korean media said.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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%.
Ezra Klein:
What do conservatives believe about health care?  —  Conservative strategist Patrick Ruffini has a searching and skeptical post on his party's approach to health-care reform.  “On health care, I have no idea what our basic guiding principle is,” he writes.  “Seriously, I don't.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Modes of Dissent  —  The most surprising thing about David Frum's apparent parting of ways with the American Enterprise Institute is the extremely mild nature of Frum's heterodoxy.  What he's been doing for the past week has been to primarily offer a tactical critique of congressional Republicans' approach to health reform.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Student Loan Reform  —  It's a sign of how enormous an achievement the Affordable Care Act is that the passage in last night's reconciliation fix package of the long-awaiting reform to student lending practices has become a kind of forgotten afterthought.  But this is a big deal on its own terms.
Discussion: CampusProgress.org
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
2,000 House staffers make six figures  —  Nearly 2,000 House of Representative staffers pulled down six-figure salaries in 2009, including 43 staffers who earned the maximum $172,500 — or more than three times the median U.S. household income.  —  Starting salaries on Capitol Hill are still low …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
PBS Now Offering Teachers Indoctrination Materials on Nationalized Healthcare  —  Yes We Can...  The Obama Administration wants to make sure that tomorrow's leaders are fully indoctrinated into the leftist philosophy of living.  Part of that indoctrination now includes lesson plans offered …
 
 
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Adam Sorensen / The Page:
Breathtaking Cynicism  —  Sen. Hatch (R-UT) says he once supported …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Tracing the Demise of Cap and Trade
Discussion: Open Left and Left in the West
Wall Street Journal:
The Government Pay Boom
Josh Funk / Associated Press:
Companies say health care costs hard to swallow
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Bin Laden threatens to kill Americans if Khalid Sheik Mohammed is executed
Discussion: News Desk and The Foundry
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sharp momentum shift back to the Democrats after passing health bill
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The Note:
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Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
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