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3:45 AM ET, March 27, 2010

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Brooke Obie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Doocy learns the hazards of not vetting guests  —  In typical Fox & Friends fashion, Steve Doocy hyped the Tea Party Express's cross-country tour that is kicking off in Searchlight, Nevada this weekend, with the stated goal to “kick Harry [Reid] out of the Senate” in the November mid-term elections.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
Nevada tea party candidate facing felony charges  —  LAS VEGAS - A Nevada asphalt contractor who faces a legal challenge to his Tea Party of Nevada candidacy for U.S. Senate was hit Friday with felony theft and bad check charges in Las Vegas that allege he bounced a $5,000 business check last year.
Discussion: RedState
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Face of the tea party is female  —  When the tea party movement burst onto the scene last year to oppose President Barack Obama, the Democratic Congress, and the health care legislation they wanted to enact, some liberal critics were quick to label its activists as angry white men.
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Tea Partiers To Hold ‘Conservative Woodstock’ Event In Harry Reid's Hometown  —  Tea Party activists are kicking off a grand national tour this weekend with an event targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in his small home town of Searchlight, Nevada — an event that Tea Party Express describes as a “conservative Woodstock.”
Discussion: First Draft
WKRN-TV:
Road rage, accident centers on Obama bumper sticker  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville man says he and his 10-year-old daughter were victims of road rage Thursday afternoon, all because of a political bumper sticker on his car.  —  Mark Duren told News 2 the incident happened around 4:30p.m. …
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Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
TN Man Enraged By Obama Sticker Slams SUV Into Car With 10 Year Old Child Inside  —  As hate radio, corporate right wing media and GOP politicians ramp up the violent rhetoric against Democrats, the nutjobs who follow them like zombies are becoming more and more unhinged and posing a threat to society.
Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Put Down Your Pitchforks, People  —  As the old saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.  Perhaps that's why the Frum household now has three.  —  I've been married to David Frum for nearly 22 years—or just under half my lifetime—and have lived through numerous controversies …
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Inside David Frum's Bitter Exit  —  Hungry Beast Giving Beast Women in the World  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Ex-Bush aide David Frum was fired from the American Enterprise Institute for blasting the GOP on health care.  Or was he?  Tunku Varadarajan uncovers charges of goldbricking and Frum's paycheck.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
The Lie of the Liberal Arts Education  —  This will be an especially personal post, but as it brings into sharp relief many of the ideas I've spent years writing about here, I figured it's worth sharing.  —  As many of you know, a few evenings ago I received the following email from one of my old creative writing professors:
Institute for Justice:
Major First Amendment Victory: Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Strikes Down Limits on Political Speech  —  Media Contacts:  —  (703) 682-9320  —  (202) 527-2598  —  [First Amendment]  —  Arlington, Va.—Today, the federal courts ruled once again to expand free speech rights by striking …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Widening impact of Citizens United
Discussion: ACS Blog
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Court strikes limits on contributions to independent political groups
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Obey, Servants … It's hard to know what to say to something like that.  It's always strange to me to think that police officers have a right to electrocute anyone who doesn't present a direct threat to their person, but this rationale is chilling: … Except it wasn't a lawful order …
Margaret Coker / Wall Street Journal:
Upset Vote Reshapes Iraq  —  Scramble Is On to Form a Ruling Coalition as Minority Sunnis Take First Place  —  BAGHDAD—Ayad Allawi's predominantly Sunni alliance has won Iraq's national election, narrowly edging out Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's list to become the largest bloc in the country's next parliament.
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BBC:
Allawi wins most Iraq poll seats
Telegraph:
Hospital wards to shut in secret NHS cuts  —  Tens of thousands of NHS workers would be sacked, hospital units closed and patients denied treatments under secret plans for £20 billion of health cuts.  —  The sick would be urged to stay at home and email doctors rather than visit surgeries …
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Benefits extension on hold for recess  —  Both parties insist that unemployment benefits for the nation's most vulnerable are a top priority on Capitol Hill.  —  Just don't let that sentiment collide with a congressional recess.  —  Exhausted lawmakers are on the road …
Discussion: CNN, Swampland, Time and The Note
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Coburn Pulls The Trigger: Jobless Benefits Extension Blocked By GOP
Bart Stupak / Washington Post:
Why I wrote the ‘Stupak amendment’ and voted for health-care reform  —  When I saw that Kathleen Parker's March 24 op-ed, “Stupak's original sin,” defined me as a “backstabber,” it reminded me of a Bible verse.  Matthew 7:3 asks, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AP: Say, guess what we just found in ObamaCare!  —  Congress passed the bill without knowing what was in it.  Barack Obama signed it without reading it.  Now it looks as though the Associated Press reported on ObamaCare without comprehending its content.  Readers will have to scroll far …
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Eye Opener: Group wants southerners to put ‘Confederate Southern American’ on the Census  —  Happy Friday!  With roughly one week until census forms are due, a group of Confederate rights activists is urging southerners with Confederate ancestors to declare themselves “Confederate Southern Americans” …
Wonk Room:
TARP For Main Street (Finally!)  —  Our guest blogger is Andrew Jakabovics, the Associate Director for Housing and Economics at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  Today, the Obama Administration will be announcing several new initiatives to bring relief to homeowners struggling to pay their mortgages.
Discussion: The Greenroom and Mother Jones
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
A Bold U.S. Plan to Help Struggling Homeowners
Discussion: Calculated Risk
James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Next steps for our experimental fiber network  —  Since we announced our plans to build experimental, ultra high-speed broadband networks, the response from communities and individuals has been tremendous and creative.  With just a few hours left before our submission deadline …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Gingrich Says Democrats ‘Have To Take Some Moral Responsibility’ For Far-Right Death Threats  —  Since Congress's health care debate, lawmakers have recieved countless death threats, had their buildings vandalized, have had white powder mailed to their offices, and have had to get police protection.
Discussion: Political Insider
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama heads to Camp David after best week ‘in a long damn time’  —  After signing healthcare reform into law, agreeing to a new nuclear arms reduction treaty and moving forward with financial reform, President Barack Obama will spend the weekend at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor Spokesman Defends Bullet Claim At “Threat” Presser  —  A spokesperson for Eric Cantor is pushing back on criticism that he shouldn't have referenced the bullet shot through a campaign office window at a presser yesterday about threats on his life, offering a detailed chronology of what happened.
Jerusalem Post:
PM: No change in policy on Jerusalem  —  5-hour long ‘Septet’ discussion on US demands yields no decisions.  —  Talkbacks (44)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français  —  Classifieds  —  Israel
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Had ‘No Knowledge’ of Transfer, Vatican Says  —  ROME — The Vatican on Friday reaffirmed its position that the future Pope Benedict XVI “had no knowledge” of a decision to allow a known pedophile priest to resume pastoral duties when the pope was archbishop in Munich in 1980.
Patterico's Pontifications:
Leftist Issues Death Threats to Palin and Family on Twitter  —  It's just not quite what you've been hearing in Big Media.  —  On Twitter, a fellow calling himself Jason Brown has been posting since May 10, 2009, and has a total of 379 messages posted so far.  He is a fan of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Recruitment and the Underrepresentation of Women in Political Offices … That is the conclusion of a new study by Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox.  I've pasted one of their graphs above, which shows that men are recruited more often than women with comparable political experience.
ABCNEWS:
Scott Brown: President's Rhetoric ‘Inappropriate’  —  Sarah Palin, John McCain to Help Republicans' ‘Reload’ After Democratic Victory  —  Republicans are not backing down in the face of Democrats' landmark health care victory this week.  Instead, the moment has energized some members of the party, giving them a cause to rally around.
 
 
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