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3:50 PM ET, March 26, 2010

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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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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.
Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Put Down Your Pitchforks, People
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and FrumForum
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  —  Rips fund-raising on Dem-fueled rumor  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  Liberal TV lioness Rachel Maddow is demanding an apology from GOP U.S. Sen. Scott Brown for raising campaign dough on scuttlebutt she's planning …
The Note:
Scott Brown, #41: 'I Wasn't Just Elected on Health Care'
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
ABCNEWS:
Scott Brown: President's Rhetoric ‘Inappropriate’
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
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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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Political Tide Could Wash Away Republican Utah Senator  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Senator Robert F. Bennett parked his white Acura, walked through the doors of Bryant Middle School and stood alone as he began the obstacle course that will determine his political fate.  —  “Do you need my ID?”
Armstrong Williams / Pundits Blog:
Financial amber alert
Discussion: The Politico
Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
SKorean navy ship sinks in waters near NKorea  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Military officials say a South Korean navy ship has sunk off an island not far from North Korea.  —  An official with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said early Saturday that the ship sank some four hours after it began taking on water.
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Reuters:
South Korean ship sinking, North attack suspected: report
Discussion: Townhall.com
Liberalgirl / State/Regional News for GoDanRiver:
Bullet that hit Cantor office was randomly fired  —  RICHMOND — A bullet that hit a window in Republican U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor's office building was fired randomly into the air, police said Thursday.  —  Cantor announced at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday that a shot had been fired into his Richmond campaign office.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Shots to Cantor office were random
Discussion: CNN
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Police On Cantor Incident: 'We're Calling It Random Gunfire' (VIDEO)
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.
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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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 …
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The Note:
Unemployment Standoff Continues; Pelosi Spox Weighs In
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and ABCNEWS
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 …
Discussion: Political Insider
New York Times:
Obama Completes Arms Control Deal With Russia  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama finalized a new arms control treaty with Russia on Friday that will pare back the still-formidable cold war nuclear arsenals of each country.  The agreement brings to fruition one of the president's signature …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama announces new START treaty
Discussion: The Swamp and The Hill
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 …
Bloomberg:
JPMorgan, Lehman, UBS Named as Conspirators in Muni Bid-Rigging  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and UBS AG were among more than a dozen Wall Street firms involved in a conspiracy to pay below-market interest rates to U.S. state and local governments on investments …
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
Ezra Klein:
Beneath the Obama agenda, the Obama agenda  —  Last night, the House of Representatives passed the reconciliation fixes.  “And oh, by the way,” writes Jon Cohn, “they managed to completely revamp the student loan program along the way.  At any other time in recent memory, that would have been a huge accomplishment all its own.
Discussion: The New Republic
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
A Progressive Bill Passed Yesterday (Spoiler Alert: It Wasn't Health Care Reform)
Denver Post:
Harsanyi: Masters of distraction  —  The mob is furious.  And while it hollers on about “killing” bills, Republicans stoke the fury by calling on citizens to “target” races in “battleground” states.  —  Get it?  “Target.”  The violent intentions are palpable.
Discussion: Nice Deb and protein wisdom
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 …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Court strikes limits on contributions to independent political groups  —  A federal appeals court on Friday handed another victory to conservative opponents of campaign-finance restrictions, striking down limits on individual contributions to independent groups who want to use the money for or against candidates in federal elections.
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.
Discussion: Political Insider
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Modes of Dissent  —  The most surprising thing about David Frum's apparent parting of ways with the American Enterprise Institute is the extremely mild nature of Frum's heterodoxy.  What he's been doing for the past week has been to primarily offer a tactical critique of congressional Republicans' approach to health reform.
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
Personal Income Drops Across U.S.  —  Personal income in 42 states fell in 2009, the Commerce Department said Thursday.  —  Nevada's 4.8% plunge was the steepest, as construction and tourism industries took a beating.  Also hit hard: Wyoming, where incomes fell 3.9%.
 
 
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BillPascoe.net:
Say Goodbye to Mitt Romney
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Adam Sorensen / The Page:
Breathtaking Cynicism  —  Sen. Hatch (R-UT) says he once supported …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Student Loan Reform
Discussion: CampusProgress.org
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
PBS Now Offering Teachers Indoctrination Materials on Nationalized Healthcare
Ezra Klein:
What do conservatives believe about health care?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
We Good Europeans  —  For now, we better start adjusting …