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8:00 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.
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
A familiar pattern  —  It has almost become routine now: There is some controversy surrounding Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, Republican professionals are embarrassed, some of them gripe about the latest episode and then they move on — until it happens again.
Discussion: CNN and The Washington Independent
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP consultant who charged 2K to RNC at risque nightclub to return $
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michelle Malkin:
Rejected RNC solicitations of the day
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: FBI charges anti-Semitic nutball with threats against GOP Rep. Cantor & family; “ 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
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Happy Hour Roundup
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
New iPhones Coming; One May Be for Verizon  —  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 …
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
CNN Poll: Americans divided on repealing health care law
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fausta's Blog
The Huffington Post:
Michael Calderone Leaving Politico, Latest In Mini-Exodus  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Politico media blogger Michael Calderone is leaving the site for Yahoo.  —  According to sources, he is expected to leave Politico within a matter of weeks to join Yahoo News' original content project, overseen by blogging editor Andrew Golis.
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 …
Discussion: Big Journalism
Melissa Ludwig /
Students want ‘Our Lord’ phrase off diplomas  —  READ  —  A group of students at Trinity University is lobbying trustees to drop a reference to “Our Lord” on their diplomas, arguing it does not respect the diversity of religions on campus.  —  “A diploma is a very personal item …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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?
Discussion: USA Today
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Grayson Threatened, Compares GOP To Nazis  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), known for saying outrageous things to rile Republicans, told a radio show last week that he received a threatening phone call, according to Politico.  —  Grayson said a woman called his home and threatened his life.
Ezra Klein:
The Palin test for FinReg  —  I don't like to disagree with Paul Krugman about financial regulation, but I think it's actually a bit too pessimistic to sigh that “no system will work once President Palin gets to appoint the Secretary of the Treasury and the chairman of the Fed.”
Jason Mattera / Big Government:
Franken Unhinged: Shutting Up Staffers and Journalist  —  Al Franken became famous as a comedian.  A long-time writer for Saturday Night Live, he developed routines and characters that made us laugh.  But, as my latest video reminds us, even funny people can be humorless.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pundit & Pundette
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.
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
C-Span Caller Rails Against Black Callers (VIDEO)  —  A caller to C-Span this morning, who identified himself as a Republican from North Carolina, accused the network of taking too many phone calls from black people.  —  “You have black folks calling in on the Republican line, independents.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: CNN
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Ethics Report Faults Ex-Congressman
Discussion: Wonkette
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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