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10:20 PM ET, March 26, 2010

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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  —  As hate radio, corporate right wing media and GOP politicians ramp up the violent rhetoric against Democrats, the nutjobs who follow them like zombies are becoming more and more unhinged and posing a threat to society.
Brooke Obie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Doocy learns the hazards of not vetting guests  —  In typical Fox & Friends fashion, Steve Doocy hyped the Tea Party Express's cross-country tour that is kicking off in Searchlight, Nevada this weekend, with the stated goal to “kick Harry [Reid] out of the Senate” in the November mid-term elections.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Face of the tea party is female
Danielle Crittenden / The Huffington Post:
Put Down Your Pitchforks, People  —  As the old saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.  Perhaps that's why the Frum household now has three.  —  I've been married to David Frum for nearly 22 years—or just under half my lifetime—and have lived through numerous controversies …
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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.”
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Inside David Frum's Bitter Exit
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
Margaret Coker / Wall Street Journal:
Upset Vote Reshapes Iraq  —  Scramble Is On to Form a Ruling Coalition as Minority Sunnis Take First Place  —  BAGHDAD—Ayad Allawi's predominantly Sunni alliance has won Iraq's national election, narrowly edging out Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki's list to become the largest bloc in the country's next parliament.
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Institute for Justice:
Major First Amendment Victory: Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Strikes Down Limits on Political Speech  —  Media Contacts:  —  (703) 682-9320  —  (202) 527-2598  —  [First Amendment]  —  Arlington, Va.—Today, the federal courts ruled once again to expand free speech rights by striking …
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ABCNEWS:
Scott Brown: President's Rhetoric ‘Inappropriate’  —  Sarah Palin, John McCain to Help Republicans' ‘Reload’ After Democratic Victory  —  Republicans are not backing down in the face of Democrats' landmark health care victory this week.  Instead, the moment has energized some members of the party, giving them a cause to rally around.
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Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Rachel Maddow slams ‘creep’ Scott Brown
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor Spokesman Defends Bullet Claim At “Threat” Presser  —  A spokesperson for Eric Cantor is pushing back on criticism that he shouldn't have referenced the bullet shot through a campaign office window at a presser yesterday about threats on his life, offering a detailed chronology of what happened.
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Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Police On Cantor Incident: 'We're Calling It Random Gunfire' (VIDEO)
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 …
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Eye Opener: Group wants southerners to put ‘Confederate Southern American’ on the Census  —  Happy Friday!  With roughly one week until census forms are due, a group of Confederate rights activists is urging southerners with Confederate ancestors to declare themselves “Confederate Southern Americans” …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
The Lie of the Liberal Arts Education  —  This will be an especially personal post, but as it brings into sharp relief many of the ideas I've spent years writing about here, I figured it's worth sharing.  —  As many of you know, a few evenings ago I received the following email from one of my old creative writing professors:
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Benefits extension on hold for recess  —  Both parties insist that unemployment benefits for the nation's most vulnerable are a top priority on Capitol Hill.  —  Just don't let that sentiment collide with a congressional recess.  —  Exhausted lawmakers are on the road …
Discussion: CNN, The Note, Swampland and Time
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Coburn Pulls The Trigger: Jobless Benefits Extension Blocked By GOP
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.
Ezra Klein:
Mark McClellan on the Affordable Care Act: 'It's an important step.'  —  Mark McClellan is the director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution.  Before that, he served on George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers.  Bush subsequently appointed him head …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Ezra Klein:
What do conservatives believe about health care?
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama heads to Camp David after best week ‘in a long damn time’  —  After signing healthcare reform into law, agreeing to a new nuclear arms reduction treaty and moving forward with financial reform, President Barack Obama will spend the weekend at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md.
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 …
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Pope Had ‘No Knowledge’ of Transfer, Vatican Says  —  ROME — The Vatican on Friday reaffirmed its position that the future Pope Benedict XVI “had no knowledge” of a decision to allow a known pedophile priest to resume pastoral duties when the pope was archbishop in Munich in 1980.
James Kelly / The Official Google Blog:
Next steps for our experimental fiber network  —  Since we announced our plans to build experimental, ultra high-speed broadband networks, the response from communities and individuals has been tremendous and creative.  With just a few hours left before our submission deadline …
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Help Draft the Federalism Restoration Amendment  —  Nearly one year ago I proposed a Federalism Amendment in the Wall Street Journal followed four weeks later by a Bill of Federalism containing ten amendments, which appeared on Forbes.com.  This has led me to hear from hundreds of citizens …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Kos / Daily Kos:
Pelosi's birthday present  —  Community member Brainwrap helped Nancy Pelosi celebrate her 70th birthday by organizing a “flower bomb” — and you guys responded to the short, three-day effort, by having over 2,600 roses delivered to her office today.  —  On their Flickr page, Pelosi's office writes:
Discussion: Washington Post
Patterico's Pontifications:
Leftist Issues Death Threats to Palin and Family on Twitter  —  It's just not quite what you've been hearing in Big Media.  —  On Twitter, a fellow calling himself Jason Brown has been posting since May 10, 2009, and has a total of 379 messages posted so far.  He is a fan of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Fabiola Sanchez / Associated Press:
Anti-Chavez TV channel owner arrested in Venezuela
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Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Penguin Press pays mega bucks for political book
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Regulators, Mount Up  —  Going into this week, the Obama …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rep. Harry Mitchell, D-Ariz. receives death threats: “I wish …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Return of History  —  Some brilliant scholar has to write …
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog and Hit & Run
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Bachmann: ‘100% Of Our Economy Was Private’ Before September 2008
Brookings Institute:
Why Not Try A Third Party
Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
SKorean navy ship sinks in waters near NKorea
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Pope: Drowning, Not Waving, Ctd
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BillPascoe.net:
Say Goodbye to Mitt Romney
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Going to Extreme  —  I admit it: I had fun watching right-wingers …