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5:40 PM ET, March 20, 2013

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Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
Mistakes, Excuses and Painful Lessons From the Iraq War  —  I supported the Iraq War, and I'm sorry.  —  I have my excuses, of course.  I was a college student, young and dumb.  I thought that if U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Bill Clinton …
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John Yoo / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Considering Iraq: Another View  —  Peter Robinson asks provocatively whether, if we knew then what we know now about Iraq, the United States should have invaded.  Others on Ricochet and in the commentariat have gone through the benefits and costs of the war, and I won't rehearse them here.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Former Bush Official Justifies The Iraq War: ‘We Shared The Benefits’ With The Iraqis  —  Former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo is most famous for his legal memoranda defending torture and virtually unlimited presidential power in the realm of national security.
The Atlantic Wire:
How to Write an Iraq War Apologia  —  The Iraq war contributed many things to our culture, like enhanced interrogation techniques, axis of evil, zip-cuffs, YouTubes of soldiers dancing to Ke$ha, and the anniversary ritual of the Iraq War Apology.  On the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq …
Discussion: The Lede, The Dish and Hit & Run
Anne-Marie Slaughter / New Republic:
Arguing Iraq—Ten Years Later
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Religious Right Could Be Left Behind By New Republican Plan  —  Abandoned by the Establishment, beset by libertarians, the base is playing defense.  —  Image by John Gara/Buzzfeed  —  When the great Republican resurrection comes to pass, will conservative Christians be left behind?
Keith Coffman / Reuters:
Colorado prison chief shot dead on eve of gun laws signing  —  (Reuters) - The head of Colorado's prison system was shot dead at his home in what police said may have been a targeted killing, just hours before the governor on Wednesday signed new gun control laws spurred by a rash of deadly mass shootings in Colorado and elsewhere.
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Boehner on Obama quip: ‘So much for the charm offensive’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that President Obama was undercutting his recent outreach efforts when he told Israeli leaders “it's good to get away from Congress.”  —  “So much for the charm offensive,” Boehner said with a laugh to CNN.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Republicans turn down trip with Obama
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Wonkette
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama honeymoon may be over
Kimberly Arnold / The Investigative Project …:
Special Travel Benefit for Saudis a “Slap in the Face”  —  Saudi Arabia, the nation which produced 15 of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, is about to become one of a handful of countries whose travelers can bypass normal passport controls at major U.S. airports.
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ESPN:
Obama takes Indiana over Louisville for title  —  President Barack Obama is favoring the Big Ten in this year's NCAA tournament, ultimately selecting Indiana to win it all.  —  The president predicted that Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State and Florida will reach the Final Four …
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Matt Berman / NationalJournal.com:
Want to Win Your March Madness Pool? Don't Follow Obama's Bracket.
David McCormack / Daily Mail:
Yoko Ono tweets controversial image of John Lennon's bloody glasses as she protests against gun violence on 44th anniversary of her wedding to the Beatle  —  Peace activist Yoko Ono has entered the on-going debate over gun control laws in the U.S. by tweeting a provocative image …
Jessica Glenza / The Register Citizen:
Victim bullied after rape allegations against Torrington football players  —  jglenza@registercitizen.com  —  @JessicaGlenza on Twitter  —  TORRINGTON >> Two Torrington High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.  Four others were suspended …
Daniel Klaidman / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: No More Drones for CIA  —  Three senior officials tell Daniel Klaidman that the Obama administration is poised to shift the CIA's drone program to the Pentagon.  —  At a time when controversy over the Obama administration's drone program seems to be cresting …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post seeks blogger to post ‘at least’ 12 times per day  —  The Washington Post's arts and living section, Style, is looking for a blogger, an internal announcement reads.  Whoever lands this position may want to invest in a serious coffee machine:
New York Post:
Obama's armored limo had to be towed during trip to Israel  —  JERUSALEM - “The Beast” is becoming a burden.  —  President Obama's armored Cadillac limo, which was supposed to schlep him around the Holy Land, broke down.  —  According to Israeli's Channel 2, the cause of the mishap was a simple error all motorists try to avoid.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Twitchy
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Julie Weed / New York Times:
A Bakery With 95 Employees Confronts the New Health Care Law  —  Baked in the Sun is a wholesale baker and distributor of freshly baked pastries near San Diego.  —  THE CHALLENGE The company is one of thousands of small businesses that employ more than 50 full-time employees and thus …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Rep. Michele Bachmann ‘Goes Rogue,’ Literally Races Away From CNN Reporter  —  For Tuesday night's “Keeping Them Honest” segment, CNN host Anderson Cooper turned to Dana Bash's encounter with Rep. Michele Bachmann who, asked about comments she made about President Obama enjoying a lavish lifestyle …
Discussion: Salon and msnbc.com
DMartyr / The Jawa Report:
Middle School Principal Cancels ‘Honors Night’ Because It Might Upset Students Who Didn't Make The Grades … But, apparently, it's okay to devastate the kids who worked hard and achieved academic honors...  Contact Info, in case you want to let this Principal know how stupid and unfair …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Couldn't Care Less What You Think About His Obama Comments  —  The Fox News chief tells Howard Kurtz he stands by the laziness charge and says Sarah Palin made ‘mistakes’ and that Dick Morris looked like a ‘jerk’ when he predicted a Romney landslide.  Plus, read the 16 juiciest bits from the new Ailes biography.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Widely Back Government Job Creation Proposals  —  Seven in 10 favor business tax breaks and infrastructure repair programs  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans widely support each of three job creation proposals, including offering tax breaks to businesses that create jobs in the U.S …
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
Spineless pols spit on the graves of Newtown victims by not pushing for assault weapons ban  —  The words of a teary-eyed President and other politicians meant nothing, because they didn't turn into action, as a ban on assault weapons won't be included in gun legislation that's shaping up in the U.S. Senate.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As Men Lose Economic Ground, Clues in the Family  —  WASHINGTON — The decline of two-parent households may be a significant reason for the divergent fortunes of male workers, whose earnings generally declined in recent decades, and female workers, whose earnings generally increased …
Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
Sanford advances to GOP runoff in SC House race  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford advanced Tuesday to a runoff in the Republican contest for an open congressional seat, taking a step toward reviving a political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair while he was governor.
New York Times:
Pope Francis' Old Colleagues Recall Pragmatic Streak  —  BUENOS AIRES — The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room.  —  Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening.
Discussion: The Week, msnbc.com and Althouse
Bill Carter / New York Times:
‘Tonight’ Show Expected to Return to New York, With Fallon  —  A plan is in the works to bring NBC's “Tonight” show back to New York.  —  While the network has yet to complete a deal, it has made a commitment to Jimmy Fallon, the current host of its “Late Night” program …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gothamist and The Raw Story
971talk.com:
ALLMAN IN THE MORNING - Weekdays 5am - 9am  —  Jamie Allman hosts the morning drive 5-9am Monday-Friday.  Along with news director Denys Schaefer, executive producer Carl “the Intern” Middleman, assistant producer Tricia Siekmann, and a wide array of guests: Pam Geller, Rodney Boyd …
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Dylan Ratigan:
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is  —  If you are reading this, you likely know I left a highly-successful, self-titled show at MSNBC last June in search of meaning and purpose in my work and life.  I had lost both after 18 years in Manhattan and the chaos surrounding …
Discussion: TVNewser and The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Again Hints At Changing Rules Amid GOP Filibuster  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is threatening to revisit the Senate rules amid the latest Republican filibuster — his second such threat this month.  —  While the Senate waits to wrap up passage of a stopgap bill to fund the government …
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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John Fund / National Review:
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CVS presses workers for medical information
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Ken Cuccinelli's airbrushed policies
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Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
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