DAY'S END ROUND-UP

FROM THE BLOGS:

Congress thinks staffers need to learn to forgive
The Washington Times’ Cheryl K. Chumley thinks taxpayer money is being wasted on a class offered to congressional staffers about learning to forgive. 

Obama’s method, GOP silence not a DREAM
The National Review’s Andrew Stiles thinks Obama used “executive overreach, a bullying bureaucracy, and a reckless disregard for the rule of law” to executively order the DREAM Act

Money-heavy Va. gubernatorial election most exciting of '13
The Fix’s Sean Sullivan, Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake list their top five races of 2013; topping the list was the Virginia governorship, where “both sides are going to flood it with money” which will keep voters interested.

Obama fills vacancies slow but diversely
The American Prospect’s Paul Waldman credits Obama for appointing a more diverse group to the federal bench than his predecessors. 

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Letter to Levin and McCain denies tax breaks to Apple from Ireland
Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) received a letter from Irish ambassador Michael Collins denying that his country has given special tax breaks to Apple, The Hill's Brendan Sasso reports

Dropping like flies: Democrats abandoned by hopeful candidate
Following Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) retirement from her Minnesota 6th district congressional seat, her 2012 opponent, democrat Jim Graves, has dropped out of the race, The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe reports