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12:35 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  —  Tea Party activists are kicking off a grand national tour this weekend with an event targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in his small home town of Searchlight, Nevada — an event that Tea Party Express describes as a “conservative Woodstock.”
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.
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 …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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
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” …
Telegraph:
Hospital wards to shut in secret NHS cuts  —  Tens of thousands of NHS workers would be sacked, hospital units closed and patients denied treatments under secret plans for £20 billion of health cuts.  —  The sick would be urged to stay at home and email doctors rather than visit surgeries …
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:
Washington Post:
Ayad Allawi's bloc wins most seats in Iraqi parliamentary elections  —  BAGHDAD — Nearly three weeks after Iraq's elections, the coalition of former prime minister Ayad Allawi emerged with the most seats in the parliament Friday but fell far short of a majority.
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Margaret Coker / Wall Street Journal:
Upset Vote Reshapes Iraq
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama begins tough sell of healthcare and education reform  —  President Barack Obama began the tough job of selling healthcare and student lending reform to a skeptical public in his weekly address.  —  Obama lauded both initiatives, capping a triumphant week in which Democrats passed both measures with zero Republican support.
Discussion: American Power and The Politico
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: AmSpecBlog
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 …
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Coburn Pulls The Trigger: Jobless Benefits Extension Blocked By GOP  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) promised that he'd be the next Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) if he had to be.  And last night, he made good on his threat.  —  Coburn is blocking unanimous consent on extension of unemployment benefits, just as Bunning did a few weeks ago.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Benefits extension on hold for recess
Discussion: CNN, Swampland and Time
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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Widening impact of Citizens United
Discussion: Election Law, ACS Blog and TPMMuckraker
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.
 
 
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Recruitment and the Underrepresentation of Women in Political Offices
Washington Post:
Anti-counterfeiting agreement raises constitutional concerns
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and ACS Blog
Fabiola Sanchez / Associated Press:
Anti-Chavez TV channel owner arrested in Venezuela
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Penguin Press pays mega bucks for political book
Discussion: Mediaite
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Regulators, Mount Up  —  Going into this week, the Obama …
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Help Draft the Federalism Restoration Amendment
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Gingrich Says Democrats 'Have To Take Some Moral Responsibility …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
AP: Say, guess what we just found in ObamaCare!