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11:25 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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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
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.
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, Swampland and New York Times
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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
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 today'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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
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Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Sarah Palin and the tea party movement
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
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: NewsBusters.org and Instapundit
 
 
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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
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Conway Concerned With Gays in Barracks
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Health bill restores $250 million in abstinence-education funds
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