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7:55 PM ET, March 30, 2010

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REAPING WHAT ONE SOWS ON THE CENSUS.... Prominent right-wing voices decided last year that the U.S. census was not to be trusted.  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said the process could lead to “internment camps.”  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) called the census “invasive.”
Discussion: Daily Kos and Sister Toldjah
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Census Returns Way Down in Republican Parts of Texas  —  File this under “problems that we really should have seen coming”: conservatives, egged on by the likes of Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), declining to return census forms and possibly shrinking the political power of states like Texas.
Discussion: The Agonist
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin To Host First Fox News Show Thursday - With LL Cool J  —  This is not an April Fool's joke.  Sarah Palin will take her first stab at television hosting when she fronts a new Fox News series, Real American Stories, premiering Thursday April 1 at 10pmET.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Together At Last: Palin To Debut New Fox Show With Guest, L.L. Cool J  —  Sarah Palin will host her first episode of “Real American Stories” Thursday April 1 at 10 p.m., with a line-up of celebrity guests and the story of a Medal of Honor recipient.  —  Guests will include country singer Toby Keith …
Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
The Numbers Don't Lie  —  A Democratic senator I can't name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect …
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
CNN Fails to Stop Fall in Ratings  —  CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year.  —  The trend in news ratings for the first three months of this year …
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:   Still Surging: Fox News Has Best Quarter In Network History
Wall Street Journal:
Militia Probe Included Undercover FBI Agent  —  An undercover agent was part of the federal investigation of a Michigan-based Christian militia group that allegedly planned to spark an uprising against the government by killing police officers, court documents show.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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KCBS-TV:
Rove Gets Branded ‘War Criminal’ At Book Signing  —  BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) ― About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book “Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight,” — but the fight wasn't contained to his book.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Fires “Young Eagles” Director  —  The RNC has fired the director of its young donors program after she approved an expense for a risque L.A. nightclub, multiple sources tell Hotline OnCall.  —  Allison Meyers, director of the RNC's “Young Eagles” program, was terminated yesterday …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
RNC fires staffer behind controversy
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sandra Bullock Trade  —  Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month.  First, she won an Academy Award for best actress.  Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk.  So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal?
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Another Reason for Congestion Pricing
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Barry Rubin / RubinReports:
Just Say “No”: I Get Personally Invited to Help the Obama Administration Engage—and Thus Strengthen—Terrorists  —  Please be a subscriber.  Just put your email address in the box on the upper right-hand corner of the page.  —  We depend on your tax-free contributions.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Palin Inc.  —  I'm increasingly convinced that Sarah Palin is running to head a media empire rather than a presidential campaign.  —  On that front, she is nothing short of an extraordinary success.  She's got a multi-year gig at Fox News.  She just signed a deal with Discovery's TLC for a documentary about her native Alaska.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama ropes in Romney on healthcare  —  President Obama tied his own healthcare reform law to Romneycare today, a growing theme that isn't helping the former Massachusetts Governor in his early positioning for 2012.  —  “I think that the Republican Party made a calculated decision …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama: My Plan Is Like Romneycare
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Henry Waxman's War on Accounting  —  Accounting basics: when a company experiences what accountants call “a material adverse impact” on its expected future earnings, and those changes affect an item that is already on the balance sheet, the company is required to record the negative impact …
Discussion: Instapundit and RedState
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Aggressive  —  White House Seeks to Rally Supporters With Aggressive Tone Against Opponents  —  President Barack Obama, after a year of fitfully searching for compromise, is taking a more aggressive tack with his Republican adversaries, hoping to energize Democratic voters …
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama Defends Health Care Law
Discussion: Townhall.com
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Companies Push to Repeal Provision of Health Reform  —  An association representing 300 large corporations urged President Obama and Congress on Monday to repeal a provision of the health care overhaul that prompted AT&T, Caterpillar and other companies to announce substantial charges for the current quarter.
Baltimore Sun:
Marine's father ordered to pay Westboro's court costs  —  Church members had conducted anti-gay protests at the funeral of Marine who died in Iraq  —  From Baltimore Sun staff and wire reports  —  Lawyers for the father of a Marine who died in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
McCain: Call in National Guard  —  Sen. John McCain wants to call in the cavalry to defend Arizona from illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico — and to shore up his own right flank.  —  McCain asked the Obama administration Monday to send National Guard troops to the border …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck guest host Doc Thompson: Tanning salon tax makes health care reform a ‘racist law.’  —  The recently passed health care reform act includes a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salons to help pay for expanded insurance coverage for millions of Americans.  Radio host Doc Thompson …
The Note:
Obama Prepared to Move Agenda Forward With or Without GOP  —  ABC News' David Chalian Reports: In the aftermath of President Obama's health care victory without a single Republican vote, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod still holds out hope for some bipartisan agreement on future policy proposals …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Julie Bykowicz / Baltimore Sun:
Ehrlich announces run for governor  —  Decision to challenge O'Malley comes after months-long ‘listening tour’  —  Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. confirmed Tuesday that he will challenge Gov. Martin O'Malley this fall.  —  Ehrlich, the state's only Republican governor in a generation …
Discussion: Politics Daily and USA Today
CNBC:
Half of Commercial Mortgages to Be Underwater: Warren  —  By the end of 2010, about half of all commercial real estate mortgages will be underwater, said Elizabeth Warren, chairperson of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, in a wide-ranging interview on Monday.
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Large Hadron Collider Finally Smashing Properly  —  PASADENA, Calif. — After 16 years and $10 billion — and a long morning of electrical groaning and sweating — there was joy in the meadows and tunnels of the Swiss-French countryside Tuesday: the world's biggest physics machine …
Pajamas Media:
Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide  —  On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally.  —  Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010.
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
The Rich Can't Pay for ObamaCare  —  The president intends to squeeze an extra $1.2 trillion over 10 years from a tiny sliver of taxpayers who already pay more than half of all individual taxes.  It won't work.  —  President Barack Obama's new health-care legislation aims to raise $210 billion …
Discussion: EconLog and Betsy's Page
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“How Should Conservatives Deal with the Left's Disrespect and Lack of Empathy?”  [UPDATED]  —  Dr. Helen: … [my emphasis]  —  Good stuff.  And not just because some of it sounds eerily familiar.  —  Of course, to be fair, the “right” exhibits its share of intolerance — which …
Tom McLaughlin / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Bud Day endorses Charlie Crist  —  Not everyone in Northwest Florida plans to vote for Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senate candidate who has become the darling of conservative Republicans across the state.  —  Col. Bud Day, Fort Walton Beach attorney and Medal of Honor winner, has publicly endorsed …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Tea party leaders say they would ‘absolutely’ abolish Social Security.  —  Last night on CNN, Larry King discussed the rise of the tea parties with a variety of guests and featured footage from last weekend's lobbyist-organized Tea Party Express rally in Searchlight, NV.
Associated Press:
Obama: Tea Party features ‘core group’ against him  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he believes the Tea Party is built around a “core group” of people who question whether he is a U.S. citizen and believe he is a socialist.  —  But beyond that, Obama tells NBC he recognizes the movement involves …
 
 
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Kaine ‘cannot say for sure’ that DNCers haven't gone to strip clubs
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Time's Tumulty joins WaPo
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Trey Grayson, Rand Paul and the politics of Sept. 11, 2001
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain: Obama could cave and repeal healthcare
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
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