Morning Must Reads: Public

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President Obama speaks about the conflict in Libya at the National Defense University in Washington on March 28. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

–Obama addressed a skeptical public last night.

–If U.S. forces are implicitly aligned with Libyan rebels, President Obama didn’t say as much.

–Bill Kristol loved the speech. John McCain didn’t like that Obama ruled out regime change by force.

–Budget negotiations stall with the latest Democratic offer going nowhere.

–After ceding that short-term discretionary cuts are a good idea, Democrats chalk their weak negotiating position up to an ill-informed public.

–The GOP’s internal intellectual battle over revenue.

–Jon Cohn looks at DanielsCare.

–Wayward flee-ibustering Indiana Dems return home.

Blockbuster reporting from USA Today calls into question at least one small slice of the Rhee-era test score boom in DC schools.

–The Obama administration has been politically vetting Homeland Security documents before public release.

–The Supreme Court appears poised to strike down the “level playing field” Arizona public campaign finance law.

–Haley Barbour on the Civil War: “Slavery was the primary, central, cause of secession… The Civil War was necessary to bring about the abolition of slavery.” If you haven’t spent a lot of time in the South, you might not realize that this is actually a pretty significant statement. To some, it’s a serious concession. Also, I’ve been meaning to link to Philip Klein’s profile of Barbour.

–I’m all for seizing on hypocrisy, but if everyone would just ignore He Whose Name Rhymes With Tronald Dump, he might just go away.

–And superheroes du jour: Obama as Captain America, Mike Bloomberg as Spiderman.

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