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2:40 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
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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'  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  When Republican Scott Brown was elected to fill the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy, his supporters heralded him as #41, as in, the 41st Republican senator who would be able …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
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. …
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.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
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Reuters:
South Korean ship sinking, North attack suspected: report
Discussion: Townhall.com
BBC:
‘Blast’ sinks S Korea navy ship
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and FP Passport
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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Telegraph:
Nile Gardiner  —  Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign …
Sarah Ebner / Times of London:
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’
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.
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 …
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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Fhardingj / CNN:
Pelosi still waiting for the birthday gift she really wants
Discussion: The Note and ABCNEWS
Ezra Klein:
What do conservatives believe about health care?  —  Conservative strategist Patrick Ruffini has a searching and skeptical post on his party's approach to health-care reform.  “On health care, I have no idea what our basic guiding principle is,” he writes.  “Seriously, I don't.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Student Loan Reform
Discussion: CampusProgress.org
Ezra Klein:   Mark McClellan on the Affordable Care Act: 'It's an important step.'
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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Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Police On Cantor Incident: 'We're Calling It Random Gunfire' (VIDEO)
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 …
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 …
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)
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Possible Retirement, the Likelihood of an Election-Year Confrontation  —  WASHINGTON — No announcement has been made, but the widely anticipated retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens in coming weeks has the White House, Senate and lobbying groups bracing for an election-year confrontation over the future of the Supreme Court.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
A profile of Bob Bauer: Is this the counsel Obama keeps?
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum and The BLT
The Note:
McCain and Palin, Together Again: Palin Stumps for McCain in Arizona, Targets Reid in Nevada  —  For the first time since November 2008, Sarah Palin hits the campaign trail today for John McCain.  It's the first stop in a Republican counter-attack that she hopes to lead.  —  Sarah Palin's message to conservatives?
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ABCNEWS:
Scott Brown: President's Rhetoric ‘Inappropriate’
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 …
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
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?”
New York Times:
Pope Was Told Pedophile Priest Would Get Transfer  —  MUNICH — The future Pope Benedict XVI was kept more closely apprised of a sexual abuse case in Germany than previous church statements have suggested, raising fresh questions about his handling of a scandal unfolding under his direct supervision …
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%.
Washington Post:
Obama administration announces effort to slash mortgages for unemployed borrowers  —  The Obama administration announced new ways Friday to tackle the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed.
 
 
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The Pope: Drowning, Not Waving, Ctd
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
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Mike Pence / Wall Street Journal:
This Law Will Not Stand  —  The American people will have their say in November.
Discussion: RedState
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After health care vote, Stupak 11 request billions in earmarks
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Adam Sorensen / The Page:
Breathtaking Cynicism  —  Sen. Hatch (R-UT) says he once supported …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
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Companies say health care costs hard to swallow
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
We Good Europeans  —  For now, we better start adjusting …