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5:25 PM ET, March 17, 2013


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Talking Points Memo:
Karl Rove Swipes Sarah Palin For Leaving Office Mid-Term  —  On “Fox News Sunday,” Karl Rove responded to Sarah Palin's declaration at CPAC that Republican consultants who “keep losing elections” need to either “buck up” and run for office or “stay in the truck.”
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove Mocks Sarah Palin Tenure As Governor  —  WASHINGTON — GOP uberconsultant Karl Rove lashed out at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Sunday, mocking her decision to leave office early.  Rove's criticism was a response to comments Palin made at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Discussion: protein wisdom
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Rove mocks Palin: I'm may be a ‘balding fat guy,’ but 'I wouldn't leave office midterm'  —  Conservative strategist Karl Rove on Sunday lashed out at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) after she used her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to blast his super PAC for “vetting our candidates.”
Discussion: PolicyMic
The Atlantic Wire:
The Steubenville Verdict Is in, and These Boys Are Guilty  —  On the fifth and final day of a long and emotional rape trial recounting a drunken and violent evening, Judge Thomas Lipps delivered a guilty verdict on all charges Sunday morning in the Steubenville rape trial, calling the situation …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Candy Crowley Oozes Sympathy for Steubenville Rapists  —  Shortly after the guilty verdict in the Steubenville rape case was announced, Candy Crowley took to the airwaves to report it and connect with their reporter on the ground for more details.  Her lead-in to the remote shot was shameful.
Discussion: The Raw Story, PoliticusUSA and CNN
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Sen. Rand Paul introduces ‘fetal personhood’ bill to outlaw abortion  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday introduced so-called “fetal personhood” legislation that would completely outlaw abortion in the United States.  —  The Life at Conception Act would declare that human life began at conception …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In defense of GOP consultants: It's the candidates' fault … If there was any villain at the just-completed Conservative Political Action Conference, it was the generic figure of the Republican political consultant.  Overpaid, unprincipled, always on the lookout for the next client …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Post Politics
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Carson seen as fresh face among conservative leaders  —  (CNN) - Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a new favorite in conservative circles, wouldn't say Sunday where he stood on the political spectrum, but said his opinions resonate with both parties.  —  “I think basically what I've been talking about …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Politico and Gawker
Ashley Killough / CNN:
RNC announces $10 million plan to beef up Republican outreach
Discussion: Politico
Rand Paul edges Rubio to win CPAC straw poll
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
When The GOP Told Whitey I Aint Gonna Take It No More  —  Yesterday, a CPAC breakout session on reaching out to black voters broke down in shouting and acrimony as a handful of ‘disenfranchised whites’ attacked the premise of the session (along with black complaints about slaveholders) …
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator: Republicans Are Open To Tax Increases In Grand Bargain  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) believes Senate Republicans would be open to increasing revenue through tax reform as part of a “grand bargain” to reduce the deficit.  During an appearance on Fox News Sunday …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Corker: GOP would consider revenues in exchange for ‘true entitlement reform’
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The PJ Tatler
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
A Decade on, Most are Critical of the U.S.-Led War in Iraq  —  Ten years after U.S. airstrikes on Baghdad punctuated the start of the Iraq war, nearly six in 10 Americans say the war was not worth fighting - a judgment shared by majorities steadily since initial success gave way to years of continued conflict.
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle  —  View Photo Gallery — Rhode Island town relies on food stamps: In Woonsocket, R.I., a third of the residents use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to pay for groceries.  That means the businesses in the struggling town also rely on the program to survive.
Discussion: National Review
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Bush AG tells CPAC: “The vast majority” of Muslims want to impose Sharia law  —  Michael Mukasey bear hugs and warns that the U.S is not taking the Islamist threat seriously  —  “You may not be interested in Islamism, but Islamism is interested in you,” warned former Attorney …
Discussion: PolicyMic, BuzzFeed and Hullabaloo
Cyprus' savers bear brunt of unprecedented bailout  —  (Reuters) - The euro zone agreed on Saturday to hand Cyprus a bailout worth 10 billion euros ($13 billion), but demanded depositors in its banks forfeit some money to stave off bankruptcy despite the risk of a wider run on savings.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Sympathies for Israel Match All-Time High  —  Republicans, conservatives, older Americans most likely to voice sympathy for Israel  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Israel, the Palestinian West Bank, and Jordan next week — his first trip to the region …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Right Turn
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
American public increasingly sympathetic towards Israel
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New York Times:
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Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
In Jerusalem, Jewish Apartments in Arab Neighborhoods Complicate Issue
Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr / CNSNews:
Growing Number Of States Eye Bills To Defy Federal Gun Laws
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
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Discussion: Politico and Reuters
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
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The Raw Story:
Scientists excited by discovery of ‘Underground Galapagos’