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2:25 PM ET, March 27, 2010

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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.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
With No Job, Plenty of Time for Tea Party  —  SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When Tom Grimes lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care.  —  Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Tea Partiers To Hold ‘Conservative Woodstock’ Event In Harry Reid's Hometown
Discussion: Althouse and First Draft
The Politico:
Reid open to recess appointments
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Brooke Obie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Doocy learns the hazards of not vetting guests
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
WHY HAS BARACK OBAMA TREATED NETANYAHU SO RUDELY?  “Obama would never treat the president of Equatorial Guinea that way.”  —  Possibly Obama just hates Israel and hates Jews.  That's plausible — certainly nothing in his actions suggests otherwise, really.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
RNC rejects joint ‘civility’ statement  —  The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement, POLITICO has learned.  —  Various members of the DNC — including Chairman Tim Kaine, Executive Director Jen O'Malley Dillon …
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
The Future of an Illusion  —  A piece of paper will not bring peace to the Middle East  —  Those who cannot remember the past are condemned, it seems, to direct the Middle East policy of the Obama administration.  —  Since the Oslo Accords of 1993, 17 years of efforts under three American presidents …
Discussion: Israpundit, Swampland and Commentary
Ryan / The Bellows:
Money  —  The big obstacle to passing a new, comprehensive transportation bill is the lack of agreement over a source of financing.  The traditional source of funding for federal transportation programs is the gas tax, which, as we all know, hasn't been increased since 1993, which means its real value has fallen considerably.
Simon Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Hard Pressed, Senator Dodd Gives Ground  —  Senator Chris Dodd has good political antennae.  He knows that his financial reform bill will come under severe pressure because it has a weak heart — the provisions that deal with “too big to fail” are simply “too weak to make any sense.”
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario
Peter Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
‘Basically an Optimist’—Still  —  The Nobel economist says the health-care bill will cause serious damage, but that the American people can be trusted to vote for limited government in November.  —  Stanford, Calif.  —  “No, no. Not at all.”  —  So says Gary Becker when asked …
Discussion: EconLog and Althouse
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Fox's ‘24,’ Terror Fight and Series Near End  —  If any one show has represented the post-9/11 era on television, it is “24,” the Fox drama that has offered counterterrorism as entertainment for nine years.  —  On “24,” torture saves lives.  On “24,” phones are tapped, plots are disrupted …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Maj. Gen. Robert Harding Withdraws as T.S.A. Nominee Under Cloud  —  President Obama's choice to lead the agency that guards United States airports abruptly withdrew his nomination on Friday night amid questions about his work as a defense contractor, the second time the White House has lost a nominee for the critical security post.
Big Government:
Demonizing Everyday Americans  —  There appears to be a concerted effort among the political Left and many mainstream media people to demonize and marginalize the expanding citizen-based movement known as the tea party movement.  This effort flows from both a fear of what these tea parties represent …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and AmSpecBlog
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Calls For Deaths Of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly  —  LIBTALKER: TIME TO DIE  —  Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Beck Targeted By Hate Rhetoric  —  While mainstream conservative talk hosts are under fire for supposedly inciting (since generally debunked) “violence” …
 
 
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Some States Find Burdens in Health Law
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Two Major Reforms on Health Care & Higher Ed
Discussion: Politics Daily and Gateway Pundit
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama begins tough sell of healthcare and education reform
Discussion: American Power and The Politico
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Recruitment and the Underrepresentation of Women in Political Offices
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Fabiola Sanchez / Associated Press:
Anti-Chavez TV channel owner arrested in Venezuela
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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The Lie of the Liberal Arts Education
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
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Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Help Draft the Federalism Restoration Amendment
Discussion: Outside The Beltway