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8:25 PM ET, March 26, 2010

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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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Frum thinks critique of GOP led to boot — 2 big bipartisan bashes — Chris Matthews, cornered — HHS Secretary is vastly more powerful — Jackie Calmes to White House beat — Kimberly Dozier to AP  —  FIRST LOOK: Valerie Jarrett is Jake Tapper's exclusive guest Sunday as he begins four months of interim-hosting of “This Week.”
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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 …
Charles Murray / The Corner on National Review Online:
On David Frum's Departure from AEI — By: Charles Murray  —  With Mike Allen's account of his exchange with David Frum, we apparently have David's version of his departure from AEI: Donor pressure forced AEI president Arthur Brooks to fire him.  “But the elite isn't leading anymore,” David is quoted as saying.
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Tea Party Advocates Who Scorn Socialism Want a Government Job  —  Tea Party activists, who are becoming a force in U.S. politics, want the federal government out of their lives except when it comes to creating jobs.  —  More than 90 percent of Tea Party backers interviewed …
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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.
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.
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Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Police On Cantor Incident: 'We're Calling It Random Gunfire' (VIDEO)
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Shots to Cantor office were random
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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
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 …
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Josh Funk / Associated Press:
Companies say health care costs hard to swallow
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 …
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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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Obama Refuses to Dine With Jewish Leader  —  Do you remember when Jesse Jackson said that under Obama Jews would lose all of their clout?  —  He was right.  —  (Top left clockwise) Barack and Michelle Obama and radical Leftist anti-Israel Professor Edward Said at a May 1998 Arab community event …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama announces new START treaty
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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” …
Rachel Maddow / The Rachel Maddow Show:
Maddow takes full-page ad in Boston to say she's still not running  —  An ad slated for the Boston Globe.  (Click for full jpg or pdf.)  —  People in Massachusetts picking up their morning papers today may spot an open letter from Rachel Maddow.  The full-page ad explains that she's …
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Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Rachel Maddow slams ‘creep’ Scott Brown
David M. Dickson / Washington Times:
CBO report: Debt will rise to 90% of GDP  —  President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget will generate nearly $10 trillion in cumulative budget deficits over the next 10 years, $1.2 trillion more than the administration projected, and raise the federal debt to 90 percent of the nation's economic output by 2020 …
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:
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Coburn Pulls The Trigger: Jobless Benefits Extension Blocked By GOP  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) promised that he'd be the next Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) if he had to be.  And last night, he made good on his threat.  —  Coburn is blocking unanimous consent on extension of unemployment benefits, just as Bunning did a few weeks ago.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Benefits extension on hold for recess
Discussion: The Note, Swampland and Time
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.
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.
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Going to Extreme  —  I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers go wild as health reform finally became law.  But a few days later, it doesn't seem quite as entertaining — and not just because of the wave of vandalism and threats aimed at Democratic lawmakers.
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
2,000 House staffers make six figures  —  Nearly 2,000 House of Representative staffers pulled down six-figure salaries in 2009, including 43 staffers who earned the maximum $172,500 — or more than three times the median U.S. household income.  —  Starting salaries on Capitol Hill are still low …
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Help Draft the Federalism Restoration Amendment  —  Nearly one year ago I proposed a Federalism Amendment in the Wall Street Journal followed four weeks later by a Bill of Federalism containing ten amendments, which appeared on Forbes.com.  This has led me to hear from hundreds of citizens …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE LIMITS OF AN EXTREME IDEOLOGY.... The Washington Post ran a profile of Mike Vanderboegh, a 57-year-old former militiaman from Alabama, who disapproves of the new Affordable Care Act.  Vanderboegh, who describes himself as a “Christian libertarian” and has been part of various clandestine militia groups …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sharp momentum shift back to the Democrats after passing health bill  —  Political momentum has shifted so fast over the last week that it has given Republicans whiplash.  —  Democrats are heading into the two-week Easter recess in high spirits after passing the most sweeping domestic policy …
 
 
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