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2:00 PM ET, March 27, 2010

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Ken Ritter / Associated Press:
Nevada tea party candidate facing felony charges  —  LAS VEGAS - A Nevada asphalt contractor who faces a legal challenge to his Tea Party of Nevada candidacy for U.S. Senate was hit Friday with felony theft and bad check charges in Las Vegas that allege he bounced a $5,000 business check last year.
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Tea Partiers To Hold ‘Conservative Woodstock’ Event In Harry Reid's Hometown
Discussion: Althouse and First Draft
Brooke Obie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's Doocy learns the hazards of not vetting guests
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
WHY HAS BARACK OBAMA TREATED NETANYAHU SO RUDELY?  “Obama would never treat the president of Equatorial Guinea that way.”  —  Possibly Obama just hates Israel and hates Jews.  That's plausible — certainly nothing in his actions suggests otherwise, really.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
RNC rejects joint ‘civility’ statement  —  The Republican National Committee has rejected a proposal from its Democratic counterpart to sign a joint “civility” statement, POLITICO has learned.  —  Various members of the DNC — including Chairman Tim Kaine, Executive Director Jen O'Malley Dillon …
Elliott Abrams / Weekly Standard:
The Future of an Illusion  —  A piece of paper will not bring peace to the Middle East  —  Those who cannot remember the past are condemned, it seems, to direct the Middle East policy of the Obama administration.  —  Since the Oslo Accords of 1993, 17 years of efforts under three American presidents …
Discussion: Israpundit, Swampland and Commentary
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Obey, Servants … It's hard to know what to say to something like that.  It's always strange to me to think that police officers have a right to electrocute anyone who doesn't present a direct threat to their person, but this rationale is chilling: … Except it wasn't a lawful order …
Simon Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Hard Pressed, Senator Dodd Gives Ground  —  Senator Chris Dodd has good political antennae.  He knows that his financial reform bill will come under severe pressure because it has a weak heart — the provisions that deal with “too big to fail” are simply “too weak to make any sense.”
Discussion: The Baseline Scenario
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Maj. Gen. Robert Harding Withdraws as T.S.A. Nominee Under Cloud  —  President Obama's choice to lead the agency that guards United States airports abruptly withdrew his nomination on Friday night amid questions about his work as a defense contractor, the second time the White House has lost a nominee for the critical security post.
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Libtalker Calls For Deaths Of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly  —  LIBTALKER: TIME TO DIE  —  Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Beck Targeted By Hate Rhetoric  —  While mainstream conservative talk hosts are under fire for supposedly inciting (since generally debunked) “violence” …
Big Government:
Demonizing Everyday Americans  —  There appears to be a concerted effort among the political Left and many mainstream media people to demonize and marginalize the expanding citizen-based movement known as the tea party movement.  This effort flows from both a fear of what these tea parties represent …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and AmSpecBlog
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Fox's ‘24,’ Terror Fight and Series Near End  —  If any one show has represented the post-9/11 era on television, it is “24,” the Fox drama that has offered counterterrorism as entertainment for nine years.  —  On “24,” torture saves lives.  On “24,” phones are tapped, plots are disrupted …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Peter Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
‘Basically an Optimist’—Still  —  The Nobel economist says the health-care bill will cause serious damage, but that the American people can be trusted to vote for limited government in November.  —  Stanford, Calif.  —  “No, no. Not at all.”  —  So says Gary Becker when asked …
Discussion: EconLog and Althouse
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Two Major Reforms on Health Care & Higher Ed  —  The President looks back on a week that saw the passage of two major sets of reforms: one putting Americans in control of their own health care, and one ensuring student loans work for students and families, not as subsidies for bankers and middlemen.
 
 
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Michael Luo / New York Times:
Some States Find Burdens in Health Law
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama begins tough sell of healthcare and education reform
Discussion: American Power and The Politico
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Recruitment and the Underrepresentation of Women in Political Offices
Telegraph:
Hospital wards to shut in secret NHS cuts
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Fabiola Sanchez / Associated Press:
Anti-Chavez TV channel owner arrested in Venezuela
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
The Lie of the Liberal Arts Education
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Eye Opener: Group wants southerners to put 'Confederate Southern …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Coburn Pulls The Trigger: Jobless Benefits Extension Blocked By GOP
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Help Draft the Federalism Restoration Amendment
Discussion: Outside The Beltway