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Obama Schedule || Thursday, March 21, 2013

9:20 am || Views the Dead Sea Scrolls; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 9:35 am || Visits a technology exposition; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 11:15 am || Participates in an arrival ceremony; Muqata Presidential Compound, Ramallah 11:40 am || Holds bilateral meeting with Palestine National Authority President Abbas; Muqata Presidential Compound, Ramallah 1:15 pm || Holds a press conference with Abbas 2:00 pm || Tours the

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Chuck Todd Tries to Conduct His Own Press Conference

Updated March 21 at 7:28 am ET I really hate it when White House reporters get so impressed with themselves that they ask forty questions. Chuck’s a nice guy and not normally a blowhard, but he seems here to have temporarily lost a sense of his own importance relative to the rest of the universe. I’m glad President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu called him

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Senate to Vote on Restoring White House Tours

Updated 5:08 pm ET The Senate will vote on whether to restore funding for White House tours. Try, senator, explaining to your constituents why you voted against that one . . . According to the Washington Times: The Senate will vote Wednesday afternoon on whether to force the White House to start allowing public tours again — one of a series of high-profile showdowns senators

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Obama Was Hit as a Child for Being Left Handed

President Obama was rapped with a ruler while a child in Indonesia for writing with his left hand, Obama himself revealed today. The president spoke as he signed the guest book at Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence. It sounds as if it was his teachers who hit him, though he did not specify. From the press pool report: While Obama, a lefty, signed, he talked

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Biden: Eggs, Pancakes, and Soda Bread for 40

The St. Patrick’s Day sequester-free zone remained in place today as White House St. Patrick’s Day festivities entered their second day. Freshly returned from watching the installation of Pope Francis at the Vatican, Vice President Biden hosted a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast for more than 40 guests, including Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, at the vice presidential residence in Washington. In addition to a hearty meal,

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Video || Obama Arrives in Israel

Sheesh, this is kind of uncomfortable. But also interesting – haven’t really watched video of this kind of thing so close up. Weird seeing the president trying too hard. I guess we know Obama is happy to be in Israel because he said so 17 times. He’s catching grief for the remarks at the end – “It’s good to get away from Congress,” but, come

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The Obama Morning News || March 20, 2013

Obama arrives in Israel offering assurance . . . New York Times Islamist law takes root in Syria . . . Washington Post Menendez donor courted Obama, Reid . . . Politico Obama’s limo breaks down in Israel . . . Washington Times Democrats drop assault weapon ban . . . Fox News Biden wraps up trip to Rome . . . Yahoo! News Obama bracket:

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Wasserman Schultz Hitches Ride on AF1 to Israel

Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) is accompanying President Obama to Israel, adding a decidedly political element to Obama’s first trip to the Holy Land as president. Wasserman Schultz, who is Jewish, was joined on Air Force One by another House Democrat, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, who is also Jewish. No Republican lawmakers have been reported to be part of the

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