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5:05 PM ET, March 29, 2010

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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds  —  According to two knowledgeable sources, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele once raised the possibility of using party money to buy a private jet for his travel.
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
RNC's Steele — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez  —  The Feed notes a story today about a shocking possible misappropriation of funds by the chairman of the RNC — including misappropriation of the most inappropriate kind.  —  I asked an RNC spokesman about the story — specifically the charge that money was spent at Voyeur West Hollywood.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Carlson rejects RNC on ‘bondage club’ story  —  The Daily Caller is standing by a story that was denounced by the Republican National Committee on Monday highlighting the committee's decision to expense nearly $2,000 spent at a “bondage-themed” night club.  —  At the same time …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FEC report details lavish Republican spending, including nearly $2,000 at Voyeur West Hollywood  —  The Republican National Committee gave nearly $2,000 to a Southern California GOP contributor for meal expenses at Voyeur West Hollywood, a lesbian-themed California nightclub …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
RNC “Investigating” Party Funds Spent On Bondage-Themed Nightclub  —  The Republican National Committee has undertaken an investigation in the wake of news that nearly $2,000 in party funds was spent at a bondage-themed club that features topless female dancers imitating lesbian sex, an RNC spokesperson confirms to me.
Peterhamby / CNN:   California Republican returning RNC money after racy club visit
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Tucker Carlson responds to RNC complaints about DC's Michael Steele article
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Outreach to GLBT Community?
Discussion: Wonkette and TPM LiveWire
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Rep. Eric Cantor  —  The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia released this statement today.  The text of an accompanying affidavit is also below.  TPM's ongoing coverage of the story is here.  —  PRESS RELEASE  —  PHILADELPHIA - Today …
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Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: FBI charges anti-Semitic nutball with threats against GOP Rep. Cantor & family; “...you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads.”  —  Just obtained this from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia:  —  Today, a two-count complaint …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC will give Cantor threat suspect's donations to charity  —  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Monday that it will donate money it had received from a man charged with threatening to kill a top Republican.  —  A DNC official said it was researching contributions made by Norman Leboon …
Philly.com:
Phila. man charged with threatening GOP congressman  —  A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill the Republican party whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, officials announced today.  —  The FBI says Norman Leboon, 38, told investigators he was the …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Man arrested for Cantor death threat
Discussion: CNN, Pajamas Media and Say Anything
Joseph A. Slobodzian / Philly.com:
Phila. man charged with threatening GOP's No2 in Congress
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Man charged with making death threat against Rep. Cantor
Discussion: The Note and Crew of 42
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
9 Tied to Militia Charged in Plot to Murder Officers  —  WASHINGTON — Nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia group have been indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an anti-government uprising.
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Nine Christian Militia Members Charged With Seditious Conspiracy, Attempted Use Of WMD  —  Nine members of the Christian militia group Hutaree have been indicted on multiple charges involving an alleged plot to attack police, including seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
In the Wake of Arrests in Three States, Right-Wingers Rush to Defend Terror Suspects, Criticize FBI  —  Pictured: a non-Muslim Caucasian, and therefore, not a terrorist,  —  CNN: … Those are some serious charges.  Attempted use of WMD.  Seditious conspiracy.
Discussion: alicublog
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Insurers Might Delay Covering Pre-Existing Conditions  —  WASHINGTON — Just days after President Obama signed the new health care law, insurance companies are already arguing that, at least for now, they do not have to provide one of the benefits that the president calls a centerpiece of the law …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Ethics Report Faults Ex-Congressman  —  WASHINGTON — Nathan Deal, a former congressman who is running for Georgia governor, resigned from the House last week in a move that seemed certain to end an ethics investigation that could have caused him political embarrassment.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Eye
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Ethics office: Former Rep. Deal acted improperly by continuing side business
Discussion: The Politico
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:   AJC investigation: Report finds Deal might have violated ethics rules (updated)
NY Daily News:
Tea Party activism is not about political dissent - It's about vile, storm trooper sound bites  —  Rep. Bart Stupak was called a baby killer, Obama is accused of being a Lefty, while Palin talks constantly of being a ‘good American.’  —  We are 100 yards, no more than that, from the front entrance to the school.
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Congressional disapproval ratings hit 72 percent, now at late-1994 levels
Norman Podhoretz / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Sarah Palin  —  She understands that the U.S. has been a force for good in the world—which is more than can be said of our president.  —  Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do …
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Subway Blasts Kill Dozens in Moscow  —  MOSCOW — Female suicide bombers set off huge explosions during Monday morning's rush hour in two subway stations in central Moscow, officials said, killing at least 35 people and raising fears that the Muslim insurgency in southern Russia was once again being brought to the country's heart.
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BBC:
Suicide bombings hit Moscow Metro
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP views Supreme Court as last line of defense against healthcare reform  —  Republicans view Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court as a last line of defense against the new healthcare reform law.  —  President Barack Obama signed the sweeping healthcare law on Tuesday and later …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans divided on repealing health care law  —  Washington (CNN) - Most Americans disapprove of the health care reform law, but that does not translate into majority support for the “repeal and replace” strategy backed by most GOP leaders, according to a new national poll.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Big shift on closing of Guantanamo Bay facility
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Punks and Plutocrats  —  Health reform is the law of the land.  Next up: financial reform.  But will it happen?  The White House is optimistic, because it believes that Republicans won't want to be cast as allies of Wall Street.  I'm not so sure.  The key question is how many senators believe …
Washington Post:
Health-care overhaul leaves Democrats in stable condition  —  After steering the landmark health-care reform bill through Congress, the Democratic Party's leaders have emerged mostly unscathed, according to a new Washington Post poll, but they have not received a notable boost in approval ratings.
 
 
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