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10:25 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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Rejected RNC solicitations of the day  —  As you know, I've been printing rejected RNC solicitation forms and disgusted e-mails from readers for months — see here, here, here, and here, for example.  Financial fraud has wracked other major GOP outfits — remember the NRCC accounting scandal …
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.
The Huffington Post:   Michael Steele Called Tone Deaf By GOP Brass, Urged To Resign
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP consultant who charged 2K to RNC at risque nightclub to return $
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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 …
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: Reuters and The Hill
CNN Poll: Americans divided on repealing health care law
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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 …
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: Fausta's Blog, Vanity Fair and Guardian
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Iceland Bans Strip Clubs  —  Reykjavik, Iceland (cc photo by ezioman)  —  Iceland has decided to ban strip clubs, earning it the title of “the world's most feminist country” from Guardian columnist Julie Bindel.  Not everyone is so sure.  Miriam Perez says that “criminalizing …
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
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.
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Justin Hamilton / U.S. Department of Education:
Delaware and Tennessee Win First Race to The Top Grants  —  FOR RELEASE:  —  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that Delaware and Tennessee have won grants in the first phase of the Race to the Top competition.  —  “We received many strong proposals from states all across America …
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
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 …
Avery Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Flap on Children's 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.
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 …
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?
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.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One Week Later, Americans Divided on Healthcare
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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Discussion: The Hill and Crooks and Liars
Dopamine D2 receptors in addiction-like reward dysfunction …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, CNN and Gothamist
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is the mandate penalty large enough?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Paul Krugman
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
C-Span Caller Rails Against Black Callers (VIDEO)
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Minuteman Leader: When I Said To Come To The Border Locked …
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Daley's embattled ethics aide resigns in power struggle
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Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Grassley cools toward bipartisanship after health debate
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
‘Representing’ al-Qaeda  —  Bravely entering the lion's den …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
The Palin test for FinReg
Jason Mattera / Big Government:
Franken Unhinged: Shutting Up Staffers and Journalist
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pundit & Pundette
Noel Sheppard /
Media Badly Misrepresent Ann Coulter's ‘Take A Camel’ Remark

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Lucas Manfredi / The Wrap:
Paramount's stock jumps ~14% over reports Skydance Media CEO David Ellison and RedBird Capital's Gerry Cardinale are “kicking the tires” on acquiring its assets

Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
CBS News journalist Catherine Herridge could face a contempt of court sanction and fines if she does not reveal a source for Fox News stories she wrote in 2017

Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A judge certifies a class action suit alleging Disney paid 9,000 women less than their male peers, the largest suit certified under California's Equal Pay Act

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