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4:40 PM ET, March 16, 2013


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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Accuses Obama Of Living A Life Of Excess  —  In one of her first major addresses since winning a close re-election bid in November, the Tea Party favorite conceded during her address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday that Obama and his family …
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Bachmann attacks Obamas over ‘life of excess’ during address at CPAC  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) criticized the Obamas for living a “life of excess” in her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, questioning the first family's amenities in the face of budget cuts.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Crooks and Liars:
Fox's ‘Disappointed’ WH Tourist Is Really A Republican Activist
Discussion: Fox News and NewsHounds blog
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Sarah Palin fires up conservative grassroots in speech at CPAC  —  Sarah Palin called for the conservative grassroots to avoid consultants in a fiercely anti-establishment speech that received the strongest response yet from a packed auditorium at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday.
Discussion: CNN
Jim Newell / Guardian:
CPAC 2013: Sarah Palin delivers rallying call to Republican crowd - live  —  On the final day of the annual conservative jamboree, the speakers include Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter  —  Sarah Palin, the GOP candidate for vice-president in 2008, is speaking at CPAC.  —  Sort by:
Discussion: Wonkette, and TBogg
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Coveted CPAC straw poll offers a blurry snapshot of future presidential field  —  Potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders will get an early indication Saturday of where they stand when results from Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll — traditionally a snapshot of support for White House aspirants — are released.
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Scott Walker opens up about White House ambitions  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged in an interview Friday that he's open to a presidential bid and pointedly declined to pledge to serve a full four-year term if he's reelected next year.  —  Walker insisted he was visiting Iowa …
VIDEO: CPAC Attendees Blast GOP Senator Who Announced Support For Marriage Equality  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Sen. Rob Portman's (R-OH) decision to support marriage equality was not warmly received at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday.
David Taylor / BBC:
The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon's ‘treason’  —  Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson's telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world.  Among the revelations - he planned to fly into the 1968 Democratic Convention and win the presidential nomination.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi caught in a bind on entitlement cuts  —  President Obama's openness to Social Security cuts as part of a sweeping budget package has put Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a tough spot.  —  The minority leader is straddling the gulf between a Democratic president who's been willing …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather
Paul Krugman:
The Very Confident Jean-Claude Trichet  —  I'm somewhat belatedly getting to Jean-Claude Trichet's op-ed in the Times; now that I have, I find myself puzzled.  What, exactly, was his purpose in writing this?  For that matter, what, exactly, did it say?  I live and breathe this stuff …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Dread That Is Ted  —  It is possible that the high point of this week in Washington came when Senator Dianne Feinstein told Senator Ted Cruz to stop treating her as if she were in middle school.  —  Let me set the stage.  First, pretend you're Feinstein.  You started your political career in San Francisco.
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Carson: Obama Trying to ‘Destroy the Country’
Discussion: PolicyMic
New York Times:
U.S. Is Bolstering Missile Defense to Deter North Korea
Los Angeles Times:
CIA begins sizing up Islamic extremists in Syria for drone strikes
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Gingrich calls for GOP to stand for principles, implement new ideas
Discussion: Politico
Max Boot / Commentary Magazine:
Academic Ghettoization of Conservatism?
Washington Post:
A lengthy weather report again affirms global warming
Apostrophe ban on Devon council's new street names
Discussion: normblog and FP Passport
 Earlier Items: 
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Obama doubles down on alternative energy
Discussion: CNN and
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Ryan: Democrats' budget puts US on path ‘straight into debt crisis’
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Democrats Try And Fail To Catch Conservatives Cheering Ashley Judd's On-Screen Death
Discussion: Althouse
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Jeb Bush: GOP can't be ‘anti-everything’
Discussion: Politico and CNN