Rove Says Tea Party Presents 'Danger' To GOP, Calls Obama 'Undisciplined'

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As we've already reported, more details are emerging about "Jihad Jane" — the Pennsylvania woman who's been indicted for allegedly getting involved in the planning of attacks around the world.

And, we've posted videos from the cable news network appearances last night by former congressman Eric Massa, D-N.Y., who disputes allegations that he groped some male aides and claims that he was forced out of office by Democratic leaders because he opposes their health care overhaul plans.

Other stories making headlines include:

— USA TODAY — Karl Rove Says Tea Party Presents "Danger" To GOP; Calls Obama "Undisciplined": "The architect of George W. Bush's presidency, says the 'Tea Party' movement could have lasting influence in the nation's politics if it remains decentralized but could hurt Republicans if it backs third-party candidates who siphon votes from GOP candidates. 'There's a danger from them, particularly if they're used by political operators ... to try and hijack' elections, he says. ... Rove, 59, calls President Obama 'undisciplined, unengaged, aloof and focused on the wrong things.' "

Politico — Democrats Say No Thanks To New "Gang Of 14": "Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants to revive the bipartisan Gang of 14 — this time for health care reform, not judicial nominees. But most of his moderate Democratic colleagues aren't rushing to R.S.V.P. Graham said Tuesday that a coalition of Republican and Democratic senators could rescue the Senate from an institutional disaster brought on by the use of the parliamentary maneuver known as reconciliation to finish the health care bill."

— The Associated Press — Israeli Plans For More Homes Clouds Biden's Visit: "Vice President Joe Biden condemned a new Israeli plan to build hundreds of homes in east Jerusalem on Tuesday, casting a cloud over a high-profile visit that had been aimed at repairing ties with the Jewish state and kick-starting Mideast peace talks."

Morning Edition — "Fear Of Taliban Hinders U.S. Efforts In Marjah": "U.S. and Afghan troops are now in the second phase of an operation to hold the ground they gained last month in the former Taliban stronghold of Marjah in southern Afghanistan. The operation involves building relationships with the locals, who have lived under Taliban control for the past two years. U.S. Marine commanders who fought successfully to capture the poppy-growing region now have different objectives, such as starting up schools. But their efforts are hindered by a Taliban presence that is still felt deeply by the residents." NPR's Corey Flintoff reports:



Related story, also on Morning Edition — "Afghan Women Wary Of Overtures To Taliban": "Taliban rule was a dark period for women in Afghanistan, and they want to make sure their fears are not forgotten as the new government in Kabul tries to find ways to make peace with the Taliban." NPR's Michele Kelemen reports:



The New York Times — "Bank of America to End Overdraft Fees on Debit Purchases": "In a move that could bring an end to the $40 cup of coffee, Bank of America said on Tuesday that it was doing away with overdraft fees on purchases made with debit cards, a decision that could cost the bank tens of millions a year in revenue and put pressure on other banks to do the same."

Update at noon ET, March 30: The word "disputed" has been deleted from the post — previously we said "disputed east Jerusalem." That word is unnecessary.



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