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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Rachel talked to msnbc’s Alex Wagner earlier on the war in Iraq and the fact that the Bush/Cheney administration’s pre-war argument in support of the invasion was “deliberately made up.”

* The Cyprus bailout, as explained by Dylan Matthews: “This weekend, a group including the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the government of Cyprus announced that the small island nation was on the brink of crisis, and needed to be bailed out.”

* UCF: “A former student found dead in a University of Central Florida dorm room along with makeshift explosives and weapons was planning an attack on the Orlando campus, the university police chief said on Monday.”

* Daniel Pearl’s murder: “Pakistani officials said today they have arrested a suspect in connection with the brutal 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl. Officials told ABC News the suspect, Qari Abdul Hayee, who often used the alias Asadullah, was captured Sunday in a targeted operation by the Pakistani Rangers.”

* Newtown: “Prohibiting civilians from owning military-style firearms, requiring all guns to be locked away in homes and stepping up school safety are among the recommendations raised in a 16-page interim report released on Monday by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.”

* In case last week’s budgets weren’t to your liking, there’s now a House Democratic budget – key feature: $200 billion in economic stimulus – and a hyper-conservative plan from the Republican Study Committee, which believes the Paul Ryan budget is too liberal.

* I’m always uncomfortable with law-enforcement officials who announce their intentions to refuse to enforce laws they don’t like. Colorado’s Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, I’m looking in your direction.

* Steubenville: “Two high school football stars were found guilty on Sunday of raping a 16-year-old girl last summer in a case that drew national attention for the way social media spurred the initial prosecution and later helped galvanize national outrage.”

* Former Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is headed to K Street to become a lobbyist? Imagine that.

* If you missed Friday’s news on that CPAC session on racism, it’s as painful as advertised.

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is sorry he called some of his Republican colleagues “wacko birds.”

* An interesting case to keep an eye on: “The FBI believes it knows the identities of the thieves who stole art valued at up to $500 million from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum more than two decades ago.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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