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Obama agenda: Taking off the gloves

“In combative campaign form, President Barack Obama accused Republican leaders on Tuesday of becoming so radical and dangerously rigid that even the late Ronald Reagan, one of their most cherished heroes, could not win a GOP primary if he were running today,” the AP’s Feller writes. “Obama, in a stinging speech to an audience of news executives, had unsparing words for Republicans on Capitol Hill as well as the man he is most likely to face off against in November, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The president depicted the election as a choice between a Democratic candidate who wants to use government to help people succeed and Republicans who would abandon a basic compact with society and let most people struggle at the expense of the rich.”

“Few would quarrel with President Barack Obama's point that the Republican Party has drifted to the right in recent years, disavowing ideas it once embraced -- even created. But making that case in a major campaign speech, Obama ignored realities in his own Democratic ranks,” the AP’s Woodward writes. “For one, it was opposition from coal-state Democrats that sank cap-and-trade legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions, not just from those arch-conservative Republicans. For another, if Republicans have moved to the right on health care, it's also true that Obama has moved to the left. He strenuously opposed a mandate forcing people to obtain health insurance until he won office and changed his mind.”

(Or one could argue, it was Obama moving to the right, since conservatives first proposed the idea of a mandate and that he’d once upon a time expressed support for a single-payer system.)

“President Obama said again Tuesday that it has been a long time since the Supreme Court struck down an economic law passed by Congress, but he mixed up the decisions and their timing,” the L.A. Times’ Savage writes.

Republicans (and conservative judges) took issue with President Obama’s challenge to the Supreme Court, saying he was “threatening” and “intimidating” the court. Of course, Republicans have long criticized “activist judges.” And Newt Gingrich, for one, called for the arrest of “radical” ones. Romney denounced Gingrich for that view, but Romney himself joked, “Isn't this wonderful to finally have a liberal talking about judicial activism?” And in 2004, he wrote: “Beware of activist judges,” in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, entitled, “One Man, One Woman; A citizen’s guide to protecting marriage.”

NBC Universal announced yesterday that its USA Network will air a new restoration of the film classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Saturday April, 7 and President Obama will deliver the introduction, NBC’s Kristen Welker reports. The film is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, which tells the story of Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, who defends an African-American man accused of rape.

Check this out: In a Pew study that asked about the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, “Of the 1,000 adults surveyed by Pew, 56 percent of Republicans said they felt the coverage was too heavy, compared to 25 percent of Democrats who said the story had garnered too much attention,” the U.S. News writes.

Russian spy Ann Chapman was busted, because she got too close to an Obama cabinet official, an FBI official tells the BBC.