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4:25 PM ET, March 22, 2013


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Joshua Green / Businessweek:
The Secret Gingrich-Santorum ‘Unity Ticket’ That Nearly Toppled Romney  —  It's one of the great untold stories of the 2012 presidential campaign, a tale of ego and intrigue that nearly upended the Republican primary contest and might even have produced a different nominee …
Obama promises Jordan $200 million in aid  —  AMMAN, Jordan — President Barack Obama said he and King Abdullah II haven't reached an answer about what to do on Syria, but he promised $200 million in new humanitarian aid Friday to help the government here manage the influx of hundreds …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:   Obama offers Jordan $200 million more to help Syrian refugees
Josh Gerstein / Politico:   Netanyahu apologizes to Erdogan
Andrew Kohut / Washington Post:
The numbers prove it: The GOP is estranged from America  —  Andrew Kohut is the founding director and former president of the Pew Research Center.  He served as president of the Gallup Organization from 1979 to 1989.  —  In my decades of polling, I recall only one moment when a party …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Priebus slams ‘idiotic statements’ by Republicans as reason for losses  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Friday said the party played into a “caricature” of itself in the 2012 election cycle, citing “idiotic statements” and “biologically stupid things” said by Mitt Romney and other GOP candidates.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Dominican official links Daily Caller to alleged lies about Menendez  —  A top Dominican law enforcement official said Friday that a local lawyer has reported being paid by someone claiming to work for the conservative Web site the Daily Caller to find prostitutes who would lie and say they had sex …
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Biden's One-Night Paris Hotel Tab: $585,000.50  —  As it turns out, Vice President Joe Biden's London stay in February was not the most expensive part of his trip.  A government document released on February 14, 2013 shows that the contract for the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand came in at $585,000.50.
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
Biden's $459,388.65 Hotel Bill
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Bill Clinton Reaches Out to Ashley Judd and Her Rival  —  Kentucky Wildcats fan and actress Ashley Judd waves during the game against the Louisville Cardinals, Dec. 29, 2012 in Louisville, Ky. Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks at the 131th annual Fancy Farm Picnic, Aug, 6, 2011 in Fancy Farm, Ky. (Getty Images
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
Judd says mom can't wait to turn her garage into campaign HQ
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Roll Call
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Mitt Romney invites donors to $5K trip  —  Mitt Romney isn't running for president, but he's still looking for supporters' contributions.  —  The former presidential candidate sent out an email Thursday evening to bundlers and big donors, asking them to join him for a four-day June summit in Park City, Utah.
Discussion: and First Read
Democracy Now:
Phil Donahue on His 2003 Firing from MSNBC, When Liberal Network Couldn't Tolerate Antiwar Voices … In 2003, the legendary television host Phil Donahue was fired from his prime-time MSNBC talk show during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.  The problem was not Donahue's ratings …
Cynthia Johnston / Reuters:
Marine kills two at Quantico base, takes own life  —  (Reuters) - An active-duty Marine shot dead two fellow service members at a base at Quantico, Virginia, then barricaded himself in a building and killed himself, prompting a brief lockdown of the base, the Marines said on Friday.
Washington Post:
Three Marines die in shootings at Quantico
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Good news for people who like bad news about inequality  —  So here's some bad news: The rise in wealth inequality?  It's permanent.  —  This graph, which shows wealth inequality is even more severe than income inequality, isn't related to the study.  It's just more bad news.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects repeal of healthcare law, again  —  The Senate on Friday rejected another GOP attempt to repeal President Obama's healthcare law.  —  An amendment to the Senate budget resolution from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) failed on a 45-54 vote on Friday.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Ryan's budget rejected in Senate on 40-59 vote
Ronald Brownstein /
The Man Who Could Turn Texas Blue: Rick Perry  —  By opposing Medicaid expansion, the governor could hurt the GOP in a must-win state.  —  AUSTIN, Texas—Big in all things, Texas leads the nation in failing to provide health insurance.  About one in four Texans are uninsured, the highest percentage in any state.
Wall Street Journal:
Health Insurers Warn on Premiums  —  Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation's biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans.
Jonathan Kandell / New York Times:
Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Writer, Dies at 82  —  Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian writer who was black Africa's most widely read novelist and one of the continent's towering men of letters, has died after a brief illness, his publisher and agent said in London on Friday.  He was 82.
Michael McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
The Constitution and Same-Sex Marriage  —  Next week the Supreme Court will be asked to decide an issue in an area in which it has said it has no jurisdiction.  —  For most Americans, the Supreme Court cases being heard on Tuesday and Wednesday next week are about same-sex marriage.
Sorourke /
Wasserman-Schultz: My Aides on Brink of Starvation  —  WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: MY AIDES CAN'T AFFORD GOOD MEALS … On Tuesday, FL Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her colleague VA Rep. Jim Moran openly whined about the impacts of spending cuts on their personal office budgets.
Why Republicans still run K Street  —  Democrats control the White House and the Senate, but you wouldn't know it by looking down K Street.  —  Republicans hold more than 30 of the 50 highest-profile, in-house lobbying jobs in town, a POLITICO analysis found.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Most Senate Dems Join GOP Push To Repeal Obamacare Tax  —  A majority of Senate Democrats want to eliminate a $29 billion piece of Obamacare.  —  Thirty-four Democratic senators joined every Republican Thursday night in voting for a nonbinding budget amendment to repeal the law's 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Department Of Education Website Quotes Mao Zedong
Ken Stern / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Is border secure? Administration doesn't have a clue
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Billionaire opens attack on Lynch in Mass. Senate race over Keystone XL
Discussion: Post Politics
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Sponsors Measure Calling For U.S. Withdrawal From The U.N.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Obama Twitter account re-tweets John Lennon's bloody glasses
Discussion: Twitchy, The Daily Caller and ABCNEWS
 Earlier Items: 
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
United States v. Auernheimer, and Why I Am Representing Auernheimer Pro Bono on Appeal Before the Third Circuit
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mary L. Dudziak / New York Times:
Obama's Nixonian Precedent
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Lawfare
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Can the Republican Party Recover From Iraq?
Discussion: AMERICAblog
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Treasure Island Trauma
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Is Hillary Clinton Too Conservative To Become President?
David S. Bernstein /
Mrs. Warren goes to Washington