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3:25 PM ET, March 28, 2010

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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Presses Karzai for Crackdown on Corruption  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, his first as commander in chief to the site of the war he inherited and has stamped as his own.  —  Air Force One landed at nighttime at Bagram Air Base …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. plans strong hand with Hill
ABCNEWS:
Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama presses Karzai to fight Afghan corruption
Discussion: TPMDC
BBC:
Obama on first Afghanistan visit
Discussion: Truthdig
CNN:
BREAKING: Obama makes surprise trip to Afghanistan
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
CNN on Size of Searchlight Tea Party Rally: “Hundreds of People, At Least Dozens”  —  Just in case you still trusted the state-run media...  CNN on size of Saturday's rally: “At least dozens of people.”  —  This is dozens?  —  American Patrol Photos  —  NewsBusters reported on CNN's anti-Tea Party bias:
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NY Daily News:
Rep. Anthony Weiner blasts Sarah Palin for gun-sight imagery …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Fierce debate on Israel underway inside Obama administration (UPDATED)  —  Since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tense visit to the White House last week, an intense debate inside the Obama administration about how to proceed with Netanyahu to advance the Middle East peace process …
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Septet’ continues to discuss US demands
Discussion: Hot Air, Commentary and Power Line
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Rage Is Not About Health Care  —  THERE were times when last Sunday's great G.O.P. health care implosion threatened to bring the thrill back to reality television.  On ABC's “This Week,” a frothing and filibustering Karl Rove all but lost it in a debate with the Obama strategist David Plouffe.
Lee Higgins AnnArbor.com / AnnArbor.com News:
FBI raids in Washtenaw, Lenawee counties tied to Michigan militia group  —  The FBI conducted raids Saturday night in Washtenaw County and Lenawee County in an investigation involving members of Hutaree, a Christian-oriented militia group based in Lenawee County, AnnArbor.com has learned.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Recess Appointments  —  Craig Becker is getting all the attention out of yesterday's batch of recess appointments, but a fuller look at the list is really required to understand how absurd the level of GOP obstructionism has become.  For example: … There are also others.  But I've picked these out.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Mikulski: Recess appointments show need for rule reform
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Bypasses Senate Process, Filling 15 Posts
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RNC RAISES MONEY FOR HANNITY.... Former Bush speechwriter David Frum, recently fired from AEI for telling Republicans what they didn't want to hear, noted the other day, “Republicans originally thought that Fox [News] worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox.”
Discussion: Riehl World View
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
UNAWARE OF THE CONTRADICTION.... There's an old joke that goes something like this: my neighbor went to public schools before joining the military.  He went to college on the G.I. Bill, bought his first home through the FHA, and received his health care through the V.A. and Medicare.
Washington Post:
Washington Post poll finds split on health-care law remains deep  —  Americans overwhelmingly see the new health-care law as a major shift in the direction of the country, but they remain as deeply divided today over the changes as they were throughout the long congressional debate, according to a Washington Post poll.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
John King Lets Erick Erickson Tell Latest Right Wing Lie on Racial Slurs: They Didn't Happen  —  As Media Matters has been tracking, here's the latest defense by the right on the racial slurs directed at Democratic members of Congress: “Right-wing blogs trivialize threats, make excuses, blame Democrats”.
Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Florida poll: Healthcare law hurts Obama, Democrats  —  A new poll shows the healthcare law is bad political medicine for Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, President Barack Obama and his domestic agenda.  —  MCAPUTO@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters dislike the new healthcare law …
Josh Gerstein / Politico Live's Blog:
Graham: Obama done ‘almost nothing’ on immigration  —  The lonely leader for immigration reform legislation among Senate Republicans, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, is chafing at what he views as the White House's unwillingness to put political muscle behind the effort.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
White House presses forward on talks to shut down Guantanamo
Discussion: CNN
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Say Tea Party Has Better Understanding of Issues than Congress  —  In official Washington, some consider the Tea Party movement a fringe element in society, but voters across the nation feel closer to the Tea Party movement than they do to Congress.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Democrats threaten companies hit hard by health care bill  —  Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles (Susan Walsh/AP)  —  Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, has summoned some of the nation's top executives to Capitol Hill to defend their assessment …
Michael Smith / Times of London:
It's over: MPs say the special relationship with US is dead  —  BRITAIN'S special relationship with the US — forged by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt in the second world war — no longer exists, says a committee of influential MPs.  —  Instead, America's relationship with Britain …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Pajamas Media
Guardian:
Pope faces another wave of scandal  —  The head of the Catholic church is bracing himself for a new round of allegations by victims of paedophile priests — in Italy  —  Pope Benedict XVI is facing growing pressure over his handling of paedophile priests as new cover-ups come to light in Italy …
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