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3:35 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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
RNC hits ‘bondage club’ story  —  The Republican National Committee is pushing back hard Monday on a story in The Daily Caller, telling POLITICO that Chairman Michael Steele was “never” at a bondage-themed nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif., as the publication suggests.
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 …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Outreach to GLBT Community?
Discussion: Wonkette and TPM LiveWire
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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 …
Philly.com:
Phila. man charged with threatening GOP congressman  —  A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill the Republican party whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, officials announced today.  —  The FBI says Norman Leboon, 38, told investigators he was the …
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Man arrested for Cantor death threat
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Man charged with making death threat against Rep. Cantor
Discussion: Crew of 42 and The Note
JammieWearingFool:
Philadelphia Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Eric Cantor …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Moonbattery
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 …
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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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 …
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?
NY Daily News:
Tea Party activism is not about political dissent - It's about vile, storm trooper sound bites  —  Rep. Bart Stupak was called a baby killer, Obama is accused of being a Lefty, while Palin talks constantly of being a ‘good American.’  —  We are 100 yards, no more than that, from the front entrance to the school.
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Congressional disapproval ratings hit 72 percent, now at late-1994 levels
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: The Eye
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Aaron Gould Sheinin / Gold Dome Live:
AJC investigation: Report finds Deal might have violated ethics rules
Rasmussen Reports:
Health Care Law  —  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.
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 …
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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Franken Unhinged: Shutting Up Staffers and Journalist
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Overqualified? Yes, but Happy to Have a Job
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans divided on repealing health care law
Mike DeBonis / City Desk:
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 Earlier Items: 
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Will MSM Let Obama Get Away With 'We Don't Quit' War Whopper?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Moonbattery
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Can the Individual Mandate Be Enforced?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Maggie's Notebook
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Congressman finds political vitriol follows him home to Ohio