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12:50 PM ET, March 28, 2010

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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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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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather, POWIP and ATTACKERMAN
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Palin to tea party rally: Don't sit down, shut up
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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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 …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Mikulski: Recess appointments show need for rule reform  —  President Barack Obama's need to use recess appointments on 15 of his nominees underscores why the institution and rules of the Senate are in dire need of reform, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Sunday.
Discussion: Balkinization
The White House:
Fifteen Appointees Have Waited an Average of 214 Days for Senate Confirmation
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama names 15 recess appointments, including union lawyer
Discussion: The Hill and Commentary
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, New York Times and Swampland
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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: Hot Air, Commentary and Power Line
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran
Discussion: Enduring America
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.
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.
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Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Sarah Palin and the tea party movement
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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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
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”.
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 …
Discussion: Shopfloor and Gateway Pundit
Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. plans strong hand with Hill  —  An emboldened President Barack Obama will take a stronger hand with Congress in coming weeks, planning to push lawmakers to pass new regulations for Wall Street by September, the second anniversary of the meltdown, aides tell POLITICO.
Discussion: Riehl World View
 
 
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Pelosi instructions to Democrats leaving for recess: It's time to go on offense
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Victor Godinez / Dallas Morning News:
AT&T to take $1 billion charge on health law change
Associated Press:
Obama comes up empty with Final Four picks
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
White House presses forward on talks to shut down Guantanamo
Discussion: CNN
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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
John / Power Line:
More Thoughts On Liberal Political Violence
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Instapundit
Bryant Jordan / Military.com Mobile:
Conway Concerned With Gays in Barracks