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1:30 PM ET, March 28, 2010

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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  —  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.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Obama names 15 recess appointments, including union lawyer
Discussion: The Hill and Commentary
The White House:
Fifteen Appointees Have Waited an Average of 214 Days for Senate Confirmation
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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BBC:
Obama on first Afghanistan visit  —  US President Barack Obama has arrived in Afghanistan on his first visit to the country since taking office.  —  Meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Mr Obama said he was inviting him to the US in May for talks.
Discussion: Truthdig
ABCNEWS:
Obama Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan  —  First Trip to Afghanistan for Obama as Commander-in-Chief  —  President Obama cheered progress in Afghanistan today and reaffirmed the U.S. mission there during an unannounced visit.  But at a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai …
Discussion: CNN and HotAirPundit
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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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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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Imagining an Israeli Strike on Iran
Discussion: Enduring America
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.
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. plans strong hand with Hill
Discussion: Riehl World View
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
White House presses forward on talks to shut down Guantanamo
Discussion: CNN
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”.
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
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.
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.
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
 
 
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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
JammieWearingFool:
Another Obama Failure: Weatherizing Program Creates Zero Jobs …
 Earlier Items: 
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