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Obama agenda: March Madness

Here’s Obama’s bracket: He picks UNC as national champ; Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio St., UNC in the Final Four. Biggest upset – VCU over Wichita State (5-12 game). And he picks every 10 seed. He also picks NC State, 11 seed, to go to Sweet 16 (popular pick).

“Vice President Joe Biden is making his first major foray into the 2012 presidential campaign in Ohio, an effort by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign to use the frequently blunt Biden to combat criticism from Republicans and dish it right back at them,” AP writes. In a speech Thursday at a United Auto Workers hall in Toledo, Ohio, Biden is expected to offer a vigorous defense of the president's auto industry bailout and a robust takedown of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's opposition to the policy. The White House says the president's actions saved 1.4 million U.S. jobs. ‘The verdict is in: President Obama was right and his critics were dead wrong,’ Biden says in excerpts of his prepared remarks released by the Obama campaign.”

Boston Globe: “Old habits die hard. As Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta early Wednesday prepared to take off from this remote outpost in Central Asia for a visit to Afghanistan, the deafening sound of war planes was heard directly overhead. US fighter planes escorting his Air Force C-17 to the war zone? Nope. It was Russian military jets buzzing by in a Cold War-style flyover to let the American defense chief know that Moscow was watching him -- and a stark reminder of the Russian government’s displeasure with the US military presence in its backyard. ‘This was the third fly-by in 11 months,’ said Panetta spokesman Carl Woog.”