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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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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 …
David Weigel / Slate:
The Tea Party Caucus is Dead and That's Okay  —  Two-odd months ago, I asked a Republican Hill staffer what had happened to the Tea Party Caucus.  Launched with great fanfare in 2011, it was often cited in Michele Bachmann's introductions on the presidential campaign trail — “she's the founder of the Tea Party Caucus!”
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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: msnbc.com
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Michele Bachmann runs away from reporter  —  Don't you dare ask the congresswoman about something she said in a speech  —  Michele Bachmann has been uncharacteristically quiet since her razor-thin reelection last November, but she emerged loud and proud at CPAC this past weekend to preach to the faithful.
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 Hill and The Spectacle Blog
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David Rogers / Politico:
Senate reaches deal on continuing resolution  —  Breaking the Senate logjam, Majority Leader Harry Reid won agreement Wednesday on a series of votes which all but assure final passage by Congress this week of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through the last six months of this fiscal year.
Discussion: Wonkblog
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Again Hints At Changing Rules Amid GOP Filibuster
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama honeymoon may be over
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?
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: CNN and Politico
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Republicans turn down trip with Obama
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Wonkette
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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Fox News:
DHS questioned over decision to let Saudi passengers skip normal passport controls
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems force GOP to vote down RSC budget  —  Democrats voted present to force more Republicans to vote against the Republican Study Committee's (RSC) budget.  Democrats hoped that by getting their members to vote present instead of against the budget, it might be approved by the House.
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
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Rep. Tom Price / Real Clear Politics:
The Unserious Senate Budget
Discussion: Hot Air and Ballot Box
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 …
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: Twitchy and Ed Driscoll
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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 …
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 …
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:
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Berates Journalist After Being Asked About Middle East Failures  —  Tells MSNBC host to be more like Israel press.  —  President Obama went after MSNBC host Chuck Todd for asking too many questions at a press conference today in Jerusalem, Israel:  —  Obama told Todd …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
John Fund / National Review:
Voting Early and in More Than One State  —  North Carolina's State Board of Elections is referring evidence to prosecutors that five people appear to have voted in both North Carolina and in Florida.  The information the board is passing on wasn't gathered by government officials …
Discussion: Election Law Blog
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 …
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 …
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
CVS presses workers for medical information  —  Privacy group decries ‘invasive’ act  —  By:  —  A national data privacy group is seeing red over a new CVS policy that requires workers who use company health insurance to report their weight, and body fat and glucose levels to the insurer — or pay a $600-a-year penalty.
 
 
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Growing Support for Gay Marriage: Changed Minds and Changing Demographics
New York Times:
Brooklyn Prosecutor to Seek Freedom of Man Convicted in 1990 Killing of Rabbi
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The BLT
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Faux Fur Case Settled by Neiman Marcus and 2 Other Retailers
Dylan Ratigan:
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is
Discussion: The Raw Story and TVNewser
Bill Carter / New York Times:
‘Tonight’ Show Expected to Return to New York, With Fallon
Discussion: Mediaite, Gothamist and The Raw Story
Caroline Glick:
Obama's mysterious visit
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Prosecute Transgender People Who Use The ‘Wrong’ Bathroom
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Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Journalism Professor Sues Columbia, Claiming Misuse of Endowment Funds
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Jane Goodall's ‘Seeds of Hope’ book contains borrowed passages without attribution
New York Times:
Pope Francis' Old Colleagues Recall Pragmatic Streak
Discussion: Advocate, The Week, msnbc.com and Althouse
Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
Sanford advances to GOP runoff in SC House race