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2:30 PM ET, March 28, 2010

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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Makes a Surprise Visit to Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday, his first visit 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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ABCNEWS:
Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
BBC:
Obama on first Afghanistan visit
Discussion: Truthdig
Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. plans strong hand with Hill
Discussion: CNN and Riehl World View
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 …
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Sarah Palin and the tea party movement
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.
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
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama names 15 recess appointments, including union lawyer
Discussion: The Hill and Commentary
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
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”.
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
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.
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
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 …
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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JammieWearingFool:
Another Obama Failure: Weatherizing Program Creates Zero Jobs in Alaska, Wyoming and DC  —  These clowns can't even install windows but we expect they can run our healthcare system?  Good luck with that. … Wow, 84 jobs for 37 million people.  —  The stimulus is working!
Discussion: Hot Air
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Associated Press:   STIMULUS WATCH: Weatherizing Program Falling Short
 
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
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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
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Conway Concerned With Gays in Barracks