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10:15 AM ET, March 28, 2010

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Bypasses Senate Process, Filling 15 Posts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, making a muscular show of his executive authority just one day after Congress left for spring recess, said Saturday that he would bypass the Senate and install 15 appointees, including a union lawyer whose nomination …
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The White House:
Fifteen Appointees Have Waited an Average of 214 Days for Senate Confirmation  —  WASHINGTON -After facing months of Republican obstruction to administration nominees, President Obama announced his intent to recess appoint fifteen nominees to fill critical administration posts that have been left vacant …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama names 15 recess appointments, including union lawyer
Discussion: The Hill and Commentary
RSmitters / CBS News:
Obama Makes 15 Recess Appointments
Discussion: Big Brass Blog and Swampland
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Palin: Media ‘lies’ about links between tea parties, violence  —  SEARCHLIGHT, NEV. - Firing back at critics who say that she and other conservatives had encouraged harassment of House Democrats who supported the healthcare overhaul, Sarah Palin Saturday ripped the media for casting her and tea party activists as violent.
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Dr. James / Founding Bloggers:
Harry Reid Supporters Threaten Violence Against Breitbart at Tea Party Protest
paracom.paramountcommunication.com:
Harry Reid Supporters Egg Tea Party Express Buses in Route
Matt Taibbi / Taibblog:
The Catholic Church is a Criminal Enterprise … Anyone who's interested in losing his lunch should read the above-mentioned blog entry by New York archbishop Timothy Dolan in defense of Pope Benedict; the archbishop's incredibly pompous and self-pitying rant is some of the most depraved …
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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 …
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Fierce debate on Israel underway inside Obama administration  —  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 has grown more heated …
Discussion: CNN
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Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
‘Septet’ continues to discuss US demands  —  Three-quarters of Congress signs letter calling to ease tensions with Israel.  —  Talkbacks (3)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds
Discussion: Commentary, Hot Air and Power Line
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: Pajamas Media
John / Power Line:
More Thoughts On Liberal Political Violence  —  The Democrats have tried to change the subject away from their health care debacle by claiming that conservatives are threatening violence against them.  Their complaints are pathetic where they are not out-and-out lies (e.g., Clyburn and Lewis) …
Discussion: Instapundit
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
White House presses forward on talks to shut down Guantanamo  —  With the long battle to overhaul the nation's healthcare system behind them, the White House plans to press forward with another nettlesome high-priority task fraught with tensions: congressional negotiations aimed at closing the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Discussion: CNN
Bryant Jordan / Military.com Mobile:
Conway Concerned With Gays in Barracks  —  The Marine Corps' top officer said March 25 that even if the ban on openly-serving gays in the services is lifted, he would draw the line at forcing heterosexual Marines to bunk with gays on base.  —  “We want to continue [two-person rooms] …
John / Power Line:
The Empire Strikes Back  —  We wrote here about the consequences of Obamacare that are beginning to be felt, even before its provisions are implemented: Caterpillar said Obamacare will cost it an additional $100 million in the first year; Medtronic warned that the new tax on its products …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Dem Mouthpiece Alan Grayson: “Get Rid of Republicans Entirely” (Video)
Discussion: American Power and Doug Ross
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Another Obama Failure: Weatherizing Program Creates Zero Jobs …
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
O'Keefe Deserves an Apology From MSNBC... At the Very Least
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Health bill restores $250 million in abstinence-education funds
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Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Second mortgages complicate efforts to help homeowners
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Tony Romm / The Hill:
House Dem Caucus chairman says he was also target of healthcare threats