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1:45 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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
RNC “Investigating” Party Funds Spent On Bondage-Themed Nightclub
Discussion: The Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE RNC: RISQUE NATIONAL COMMITTEE.... Michael Steele …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Andy Barr / The Politico:
RNC hits ‘bondage club’ story
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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CNN:
38 killed in Moscow subway blasts  —  Moscow, Russia (CNN) — Russian investigators combing two subway stations attacked by female suicide bombers think Chechen rebels may have been behind the rush-hour strike that killed dozens of people.  —  “Our preliminary assessment is that this act …
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 …
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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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 …
Jennifer Chambers / Detroit News:
Seven arrested in FBI raids linked to Christian militia group
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP views Supreme Court as last line of defense against healthcare reform  —  Republicans view Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court as a last line of defense against the new healthcare reform law.  —  President Barack Obama signed the sweeping healthcare law on Tuesday and later …
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Room for Debate:
Is the Health Care Law Unconstitutional?
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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
Discussion: msnbc.com and Left Coast Rebel
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Delaware, Tennessee Win Race to the Top Grants  —  WASHINGTON—The Obama administration has decided to award just two states—Delaware and Tennessee—with hundreds of millions in education grants, the culmination of a hard-fought competition that originally drew applications from 40 states …
Discussion: Jay P. Greene's Blog and Swampland
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Sam Dillon / New York Times:
U.S. Names Education Grant Winners
Discussion: The Page
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.
BBC:
US ‘may not veto UN resolution on Jerusalem’  —  The US is considering abstaining from a possible UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, sources suggest to the BBC.  —  The possibility surfaced at talks in Paris last week between a senior US official and Qatar's foreign minister.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and iowahawk
Rasmussen Reports:
Health Care Plan  —  One Week Later, 54% Favor Repeal of Health Care Bill  —  One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation's likely voters still favor repealing the new law.
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Congressman finds political vitriol follows him home to Ohio  —  Rep. Steve Driehaus spent the first Sunday of his two-week break from Washington this way: He made breakfast for his wife and kids, took his son to his mother's house and bought the boy a bicycle while his wife and daughters went shopping.
 
 
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Can the Individual Mandate Be Enforced?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Maggie's Notebook
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to throw out first pitch at Nats opener
Discussion: CNN
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Bus riders see inequities in proposed Metro fare increases
Kevin Landrigan / Nashuatelegraph.com:
Pawlenty: Don't follow Mass. lead
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Media Badly Misrepresent Ann Coulter's ‘Take A Camel’ Remark
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With health bill, Obama has sown the seeds of a budget crisis
Alex Kennedy / Associated Press:
NY Times pays damages to Singapore leaders
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Metastasizes
John Harwood / The Caucus:
Democrats Cheer Now, but Grim November May Lie Ahead
Jonathan Foreman / Times of London:
Nazi scandal engulfs Human Rights Watch