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The White House's readout on the President phone call with Prime Minister Netanyahu (emphasis added) ...

"President Obama spoke today by telephone with Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate the Prime Minister on his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats. The President emphasized the importance the United States places on our close military, intelligence, and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between both countries. The President and the Prime Minister agreed to continue consultations on a range of regional issues, including the difficult path forward to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The President reaffirmed the United States’ long-standing commitment to a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine. On Iran, the President reiterated that the United States is focused on reaching a comprehensive deal with Iran that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and verifiably assures the international community of the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program."

Shalom, Brownie!

Like a vast detonation of awful, the come-from-behind victory of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now spreading shockwaves of collateral derp all the way to America's shores. You remember Michael Brown, the Bush administration flunky who was running FEMA at the time of Hurricane Katrina and helped then-President Bush coin the immortal words "Heckuva Job, Brownie" as New Orleans swirled down the drain into oblivion.

Well, now Brown has resurfaced as a talk radio host and a TPM Reader found to his gobsmacked amazement that Brown is now purchasing sponsored tweets drop-kicking President Obama over Netanyahu's reelection.

"Take that, little man. #Bibiwins"

You can see the screengrab here ...

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Don't Miss This

If you haven't seen it yet, don't miss the piece we published this morning in The Slice on miscarriage. The piece itself is very powerful. But I'm not sure I've ever seen a comment thread quite like it. And since the world of comments on almost every site on the Internet almost always distinguishes itself through awfulness, let me be clear that this is meant in the most positive way. I hesitate to send people to it because doing so might attract the wrong kind of participation. But check it out. You'll know what I mean.

Candlelight Vigil in Tunis

Tunisians hold candles and pray at the entrance gate of the National Bardo Museum where scores of people were killed after gunmen staged an attack, Tunis, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Foreign tourists scrambled in panic Wednesday after militants stormed a museum in Tunisia's capital and killed scores of people, "shooting at anything that moved," a witness said. - AP

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Over the Horizon

TPM Reader BF on Israel, the Israeli right and looking over the horizon ...

Putting the Palestinian issue front and center was, I think, a predictably sound political gambit by Bibi. As you've pointed out, recent defections from the right coalition on this issue have been about the realization that the status quo is not sustainable. But that is very forward looking, and as a practical matter it is easy to see why many Israelis would be making a judgment not on whether the status quo is sustainable, but rather whether the status quo is better than situations they've lived with in the past.

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