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3:10 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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
RNC hits ‘bondage club’ story  —  The Republican National Committee is pushing back hard Monday on a story in The Daily Caller, telling POLITICO that Chairman Michael Steele was “never” at a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif., as the publication suggests.
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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FEC report details lavish Republican spending, including nearly $2,000 …
Discussion: RHRealityCheck.org and Jay Bookman
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
RNC's Steele — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Outreach to GLBT Community?
Discussion: Wonkette and TPM LiveWire
The Huffington Post:
Voyeur West Hollywood: GOP Spent Funds At Club, Lavish Hotels [UPDATE]
Discussion: USA Today
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE RNC: RISQUE NATIONAL COMMITTEE.... Michael Steele …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Man charged with making death threat against Rep. Cantor  —  A Philadelphia man was charged Monday with threatening to kill House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.).  —  The U.S. Attorney's office in Philadelphia announced it had charged 33-year-old Norman Leboon with making the threat against the second-ranking House Republican.
Discussion: Crew of 42, The Politico and The Note
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Man accused of threatening to kill top Republican
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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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 …
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 …
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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.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Congressional disapproval ratings hit 72 percent, now at late-1994 levels  —  TOP OF THE BALLOT: A side effect of the healthcare process is the highest Congressional disapproval since October 1994; members ready for town hall craziness; Tea Party meets its resistance  —  Highest disapproval of Congress since Oct. 31, 1994
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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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Room for Debate:
Is the Health Care Law Unconstitutional?
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and iowahawk
Rasmussen Reports:
Health Care Plan  —  One Week Later, 54% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill  —  One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation's likely voters still favor repealing the new law.
 
 
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Jason Mattera / Big Government:
Franken Unhinged: Shutting Up Staffers and Journalist
Discussion: Townhall.com and Atlas Shrugs
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Overqualified? Yes, but Happy to Have a Job
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Economix
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans divided on repealing health care law
Mike DeBonis / City Desk:
Sources: Vincent Gray to Announce Mayoral Run Tomorrow
Discussion: Open Left and DCist
Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
AJC investigation: Report finds Deal might have violated ethics rules
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CBS' Harry Smith to Shoot Interview, Hoops with Pres. Obama
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Will MSM Let Obama Get Away With 'We Don't Quit' War Whopper?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Moonbattery
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Can the Individual Mandate Be Enforced?
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 Earlier Items: 
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
U.S. Names Education Grant Winners
Discussion: The Page
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Metastasizes
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Congressman finds political vitriol follows him home to Ohio