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8:50 AM ET, March 30, 2010


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The Hammer / Red County:
Michael Steele's Bondage Party Has an O.C. Connection  —  If you haven't seen it, the Huffington Post is having a fantastic time today with a story about the lavish spending by RNC Chair, Michael Steele.  —  Steele's questionable expenditures aside— and they should certainly be examined closely …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
RNC fires staffer behind controversy  —  A Republican National Committee staffer who accompanied a group of young donors to a bondage-themed West Hollywood club and then expensed the nearly $2,000 tab has been fired by the committee, POLITICO has learned.  —  RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay announced …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
RNC spends nearly $2,000 at sex-themed Voyeur nightclub
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Tucker Carlson responds to RNC complaints about DC's Michael Steele article
Avery Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Flap on Kids' Coverage Settled  —  Insurers Say They Will Accept Pre-Existing Conditions After Dispute on Timing, Warn of Higher Prices  —  Jade Harmer, right, with her mother, Tina, earlier this year.  Jade could benefit from the new health-care law.  —  Insurers said they would comply …
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Insurance industry agrees to fix kids coverage gap  —  WASHINGTON — After battling President Barack Obama's health care overhaul the better part of a year, the insurance industry said Monday it won't try to block his efforts to fix a potentially embarrassing glitch in the new law.
Derrick Z. Jackson / Boston Globe:
On kids' care, insurance weaseling begins
Discussion: Eschaton
The Huffington Post:
Sebelius To Insurers: It's Over, You Lost, Stop Looking For Loopholes
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
BREAKING VIDEO: Reid Supporters Throwing Eggs And Assaulting Andrew Breitbart  —  Here is a smidge of our video from Saturday's Tea Party Express coverage in Searchlight, Nevada.  —  The AP calls this a hospitality tent.  We call it destruction of property and assault.  Either way, this is Harry Reid's Democrat Party.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
On Global Warming, Scientists and TV Weathercasters Are at Odds  —  The debate over global warming has created predictable adversaries, pitting environmentalists against industry and coal-state Democrats against coastal liberals.  —  But it has also created tensions between two groups …
Leo Hickman / Guardian:
Humans ‘too stupid’ to save climate  —  In his first in-depth interview since the theft of UEA emails, the scientist blames inertia and democracy for lack of action  —  • Read the full transcript of James Lovelock's G2 interview with Leo Hickman  —  Humans are too stupid …
Scott / Power Line:
Al Sharpton plies his trade  —  When Don Imus sought absolution for his characteristic display of poor taste, he bent his knee to Pope Al Sharpton.  How is it that Al Sharpton has become the arbiter elegantiae for matters pertaining to race and etiquette?  Though he is accorded …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Liar Al Sharpton on Bogus Black Caucus Tea Party Attack: “I've Seen the Tape” (Video)  —  Liar and race hustler Al Sharpton told Bill O'Reilly tonight that he's seen the non-existent tape that reportedly shows Tea Party Protesters calling Black Caucus Members the n-word.  —  Of course there is no tape.
Michelle Malkin:
Code Pink mob shuts down Rove book event  —  They're baaaaaack in full force.  The speech-stifling, original angry mob of Code Pinkos shouted down Karl Rove during a book tour event in Beverly Hills tonight — forcing him to cut his remarks short and leave before attendees could get their books signed.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and HotAirPundit
KCBS-TV:   Rove Gets Branded ‘War Criminal’ At Book Signing
Pajamas Media:
Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide  —  On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally.  —  Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sandra Bullock Trade  —  Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month.  First, she won an Academy Award for best actress.  Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk.  So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal?
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CNN Fails to Stop Fall in Ratings  —  CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year.  —  The trend in news ratings for the first three months of this year …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Hutaree militia and the rising risk of far-right violence  —  The arrests of members of a Michigan-based “Christian” militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism — and potential violence — in the Age of Obama.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
9 Tied to Militia Charged in Plot to Murder Officers
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Vandalism At Alaska Democratic Headquarters; State Chair Blames Palin  —  The headquarters of Alaska's Democratic Party was vandalized over the weekend and the state party chair thinks the incident was influenced by Sarah Palin.  —  “There has become this inflammatory rhetoric …
Fox News:
Pro-Life Democrats Who Switched Vote for Health Bill Request Billions in Earmarks  —  The 11 House Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak who dropped their opposition to health care reform mere hours before the final vote have requested $3.4 billion in earmarks — and one watchdog group wants …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Wall Street Journal:
New iPhone May End AT&T U.S. Monopoly  —  Apple Inc. plans to begin producing this year a new iPhone that could allow U.S. phone carriers other than AT&T Inc. to sell the iconic gadget, said people briefed by the company.  —  The new iPhone would work on a type of wireless network called CDMA, these people said.
Jim Geraghty / National Review Online:
A Long Post: The Complete List of Obama Statement Expiration Dates — By: Jim Geraghty  —  By popular demand, a comprehensive list of expired Obama statements...  HEALTH CARE MANDATES  —  STATEMENT: “We've got a philosophical difference, which we've debated repeatedly …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Gallup crumble: ObamaCare underwater again, GOP surges on generic ballot  —  The One's bounce has already started to fade but the numbers for the bill itself were an open question since Gallup's shocker last week showing a surge of support to 49/40.  Momentary spike due to glowing media coverage of the historic historicness of passage?
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
IT Problems Put Accuracy of Census at Risk, Say Government Auditors  —  Washington D.C. ( - Information Technology (IT) problems at the U.S. Census Bureau could cause inaccuracies in this year's constitutionally mandated decennial tabulation of the U.S. population, according to government auditors.
CNN Poll: Big shift on closing of Guantanamo Bay facility  —  Washington (CNN) - Attitudes about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have changed dramatically since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national poll.  —  Support for closing the facility …
Baltimore Sun:
Marine's father ordered to pay Westboro's court costs  —  Church members had conducted anti-gay protests at the funeral of Marine who died in Iraq  —  From Baltimore Sun staff and wire reports  —  Lawyers for the father of a Marine who died in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One Week Later, Americans Divided on Healthcare  —  Structure of public reaction very similar to where it stood prior to bill's passage  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are now about evenly split in their reactions to the healthcare bill's passage: 47% consider it a good thing and 50% a bad thing.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Donklephant
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As End of Tax Credit Looms, a Spurt of Home Buying  —  DES MOINES — Nine hundred days after putting their house on the market, Andrew and Jane Palestini were beginning to think they might be stuck in Iowa forever.  —  The looming expiration of the government's housing tax credit pushed them into action.
Discussion: Beat the Press and Calculated Risk
New York Times:
Afghan Leader Is Seen to Flout Influence of U.S.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — This month, with President Hamid Karzai looking ahead to a visit to the White House, he received a terse note from aides to President Obama: Your invitation has been revoked.  —  The reason, according to American officials …
Discussion: The Page
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Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama shifts focus from foreign populations to leaders
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and News Desk
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Obama administration may send U.S.-Russia arms treaty to Congress by late April
Discussion: The Page
Pat Sajak / Human Events:
Opposed to Obamacare? Then You Must Be a Racist
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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Iceland Bans Strip Clubs
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Students want ‘Our Lord’ phrase off diplomas
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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C-Span Caller Rails Against Black Callers (VIDEO)
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The Huffington Post:
Michael Calderone Leaving Politico, Latest In Mini-Exodus
Discussion: Wonkette and FishBowlDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC will give Cantor threat suspect's donations to charity
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Grayson Threatened, Compares GOP To Nazis
Jason Mattera / Big Government:
Franken Unhinged: Shutting Up Staffers and Journalist
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pundit & Pundette