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6:15 PM ET, March 29, 2010

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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds  —  According to two knowledgeable sources, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele once raised the possibility of using party money to buy a private jet for his travel.
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
RNC's Steele — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez  —  The Feed notes a story today about a shocking possible misappropriation of funds by the chairman of the RNC — including misappropriation of the most inappropriate kind.  —  I asked an RNC spokesman about the story — specifically the charge that money was spent at Voyeur West Hollywood.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
FEC report details lavish Republican spending, including nearly $2,000 at Voyeur West Hollywood  —  The Republican National Committee gave nearly $2,000 to a Southern California GOP contributor for meal expenses at Voyeur West Hollywood, a lesbian-themed California nightclub …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Carlson rejects RNC on ‘bondage club’ story  —  The Daily Caller is standing by a story that was denounced by the Republican National Committee on Monday highlighting the committee's decision to expense nearly $2,000 spent at a “bondage-themed” night club.  —  At the same time …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
RNC “Investigating” Party Funds Spent On Bondage-Themed Nightclub  —  The Republican National Committee has undertaken an investigation in the wake of news that nearly $2,000 in party funds was spent at a bondage-themed club that features topless female dancers imitating lesbian sex, an RNC spokesperson confirms to me.
The Huffington Post:
Voyeur West Hollywood: GOP Spent Funds At Club, Lavish Hotels [UPDATE]  —  The Daily Caller's Jonathan Strong has basically won the morning with a story about RNC Chairman Michael Steele's lavish lifestyle on the road.  Strong reports that Steele “once raised the possibility of using party money …
Peterhamby / CNN:
California Republican returning RNC money after racy club visit
Discussion: Firedoglake
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Outreach to GLBT Community?
Discussion: Wonkette and TPM LiveWire
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Rep. Eric Cantor  —  The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia released this statement today.  The text of an accompanying affidavit is also below.  TPM's ongoing coverage of the story is here.  —  PRESS RELEASE  —  PHILADELPHIA - Today …
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Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: FBI charges anti-Semitic nutball with threats against GOP Rep. Cantor & family; “...you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads.”  —  Just obtained this from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia:  —  Today, a two-count complaint …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC will give Cantor threat suspect's donations to charity
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
9 Tied to Militia Charged in Plot to Murder Officers  —  WASHINGTON — Nine members of a Michigan-based Christian militia group have been indicted on sedition and weapons charges in connection with an alleged plot to murder law enforcement officers in hopes of setting off an anti-government uprising.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
In the Wake of Arrests in Three States, Right-Wingers Rush to Defend Terror Suspects, Criticize FBI  —  Pictured: a non-Muslim Caucasian, and therefore, not a terrorist,  —  CNN: … Those are some serious charges.  Attempted use of WMD.  Seditious conspiracy.
Discussion: freerepublic.com and Hullabaloo
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Nine Christian Militia Members Charged With Seditious Conspiracy, Attempted Use Of WMD  —  Nine members of the Christian militia group Hutaree have been indicted on multiple charges involving an alleged plot to attack police, including seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
FBI busts of Michigan militias' Hutaree sect once again rip …
Washington Post:
Health-care overhaul leaves Democrats in stable condition  —  After steering the landmark health-care reform bill through Congress, the Democratic Party's leaders have emerged mostly unscathed, according to a new Washington Post poll, but they have not received a notable boost in approval ratings.
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NY Daily News:
Tea Party activism is not about political dissent …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Congressional disapproval ratings hit 72 percent, now at late-1994 levels
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Insurers Might Delay Covering Pre-Existing Conditions  —  WASHINGTON — Just days after President Obama signed the new health care law, insurance companies are already arguing that, at least for now, they do not have to provide one of the benefits that the president calls a centerpiece of the law …
CNN:
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans divided on repealing health care law
Norman Podhoretz / Wall Street Journal:
In Defense of Sarah Palin  —  She understands that the U.S. has been a force for good in the world—which is more than can be said of our president.  —  Nothing annoys certain of my fellow conservative intellectuals more than when I remind them, as on occasion I mischievously do …
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 …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Ethics Report Faults Ex-Congressman  —  WASHINGTON — Nathan Deal, a former congressman who is running for Georgia governor, resigned from the House last week in a move that seemed certain to end an ethics investigation that could have caused him political embarrassment.
Discussion: Wonkette
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:   AJC investigation: Report finds Deal might have violated ethics rules (updated)
Clifford J. Levy / New York Times:
Subway Blasts Kill Dozens in Moscow  —  MOSCOW — Female suicide bombers set off huge explosions during Monday morning's rush hour in two subway stations in central Moscow, officials said, killing at least 35 people and raising fears that the Muslim insurgency in southern Russia was once again being brought to the country's heart.
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rickymartinmusic.com:
VERSION ESPAÑOL  —  En los últimos meses me di a la tarea de escribir mis memorias.  —  VIEW ENGLISH VERSION BELOW  —  En los últimos meses me di a la tarea de escribir mis memorias.  Un proyecto que sabia seria uno verdaderamente importante para mi porque desde que …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Punks and Plutocrats  —  Health reform is the law of the land.  Next up: financial reform.  But will it happen?  The White House is optimistic, because it believes that Republicans won't want to be cast as allies of Wall Street.  I'm not so sure.  The key question is how many senators believe …
Wall Street Journal:
Two New IPhones Coming  —  Apple Inc. is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for U.S. mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless, say people briefed on the matter.  —  While Apple has unveiled a new iPhone every June or July since launching the product in 2007 …
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 …
 
 
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
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Discussion: Hit & Run
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Media Badly Misrepresent Ann Coulter's ‘Take A Camel’ Remark