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2:45 AM ET, March 21, 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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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 …
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: The Moderate Voice and msnbc.com
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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!”
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.
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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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects budget from Senate Democrats
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Vulnerable House Democrats vote against Senate budget proposal
Rep. Tom Price / Real Clear Politics:
The Unserious Senate Budget
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Ballot Box
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.
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
Republicans turn down trip with Obama
Discussion: CNN
Matthew DeLuca / U.S. News:
Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs landmark gun-control bills  —  Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed landmark new gun laws on Wednesday expanding background checks on gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, placing the traditionally firearm-friendly state among the handful …
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Keith Coffman / Reuters:
Colorado prison chief shot dead on eve of gun laws signing
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Emmanuel Touhey / Judicial:
Paul-Leahy sentencing bill will ensure time fits the crime  —  Even before the sequester took effect, the Obama administration's Department of Justice was warning that federal prison spending had become “unsustainable” and was forcing cuts in other anti-crime initiatives.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post seeks blogger for Style section  —  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: … The job “will require early mornings …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Blame Benen  —  I first noticed this story at the blog …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 Rogers / Politico:
Senate reaches deal on continuing resolution
Discussion: Wonkblog
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 …
Julie Weed / New York Times:
Questions Abound in Learning to Adjust to Health Care Overhaul  —  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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Steele: RNC Minority Outreach Incompatible With GOP Voter ID Laws (VIDEO)  —  Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele on Wednesday continued his critical talk of his successor, wondering how current RNC chair Reince Priebus can mesh the organization's much-ballyhooed minority outreach …
Discussion: Politico, Truthdig and msnbc.com
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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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden and the White House are ‘still pushing’ for assault weapons ban  —  Vice President Biden and the Obama administration still hope to pass a federal assault weapons ban, Biden said Wednesday.  —  “I'm still pushing that it pass — we are still pushing that it pass.
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 …
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in January suggests a return to moderate economic growth following a pause late last year.  Labor market conditions have shown signs of improvement in recent months but the unemployment rate remains elevated.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and New York Times
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 …
Kathryn Haake / Talking Points Memo:
Montana Looks at Allowing Roadkill for Dinner  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Elk, deer, antelope and moose: If Montana residents can scrape it up, they can eat it.  —  State lawmakers are poised to say just that after the Senate gave its initial backing Wednesday to a bill that would allow people to salvage roadkill for food.
 
 
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John Fund / National Review:
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