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8:55 PM ET, March 22, 2013


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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 …
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
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 …
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.
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
Judd says mom can't wait to turn her garage into campaign HQ
Discussion: Yahoo! News, ABCNEWS and Roll Call
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Donald Trump Trashes Michelle Malkin On Twitter: You're A ‘Dummy’ And ‘Were Born Stupid’  —  So... looks like Michelle Malkin and Donald Trump are having a good ol' Twitter spat.  —  Malkin's conservative Twitter aggregator site Twitchy took to calling the real estate mogul and recent CPAC speaker Trump a “conservafraud.”
Discussion: Twitchy and NewsHounds blog
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Andy at Ace of Spades has made an interesting discovery.  Here's Matthew Yglesias last September: … Silly wingnuts.  You didn't build that, and you don't own that.  The government is just letting you borrow it.  —  Speaking of “property” that doesn't really exist, reports:
Catholic News Agency :: CNA:
Pope calls Argentine kiosk owner to cancel paper delivery  —  Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 21, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis surprised the owner of a kiosk in Buenos Aires with a telephone call to send his greetings and explain that he will no longer need a morning paper delivered each day.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
At Yad Vashem in Israel, Obama Urges Action Against Racism  —  AMMAN, Jordan — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Friday apologized in a personal phone call to Turkey's prime minister for a deadly commando raid on a Turkish ship in 2010, in a sudden reconciliation between …
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 …
FAA: 149 control towers to close  —  Frederick, Maryland (CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday told 149 regional airports across the country it would begin closing their air traffic control towers in April, but said it would spare another 40 towers that had been on the chopping block.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
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
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
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
North Dakota Republican Pols To Protest Anti-Abortion Laws: ‘We Have Stepped Over The Line’  —  A group of GOP state lawmakers in North Dakota will protest new abortion restrictions on Monday at a Stand Up for Women rally in Bismarck, N.D., because they believe their fellow Republicans have gone too far.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
White House withdraws Halligan nomination  —  The White House is withdrawing President Obama's judicial nominee Caitlin Halligan from consideration after multiple failed confirmation attempts.  —  “I am deeply disappointed that even after nearly two and a half years, a minority of Senators continued …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Major security hole allows Apple passwords to be reset with only email address, date of birth (update)  —  Apple yesterday rolled out two-step verification, a security measure that promises to further shield Apple ID and iCloud accounts from being hijacked.  Unfortunately, today a new exploit …
Ross Douthat:
Late Marriage and Its Consequences  —  On Wednesday I had the privilege of joining a Brookings Institution event organized around the new report “Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage,” which tries to tease out the social implications of the steadily rising age of first marriage …
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Obama offers Jordan $200 million more to help Syrian refugees  —  President Obama said Friday he would work with Congress to provide Jordan an additional $200 million in aid this year, as the country struggles to cope with nearly half a million refugees who have fled the Civil War in neighboring Syria.
Obama promises Jordan $200 million in aid
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Chris Mooney / Mother Jones:
Do Conservatives or Liberals Have Better Gaydar?  —  Makhnach_S and TonLammerts/Shutterstock  —  Last week the conservative world was roiled by prominent Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's dramatic reversal on the issue of gay marriage.  Having learned two years earlier that his son, a college junior …
Discussion: Advocate and The Raw Story
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.
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
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.
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Department Of Education Website Quotes Mao Zedong
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