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4:50 AM ET, March 30, 2010


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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Michael Steele Called Tone Deaf By GOP Brass, Urged To Resign
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP consultant who charged 2K to RNC at risque nightclub to return $
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
High flyer: RNC Chairman Steele suggested buying private jet with GOP funds
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 …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
On Global Warming, Scientists and TV Weathercasters Are at Odds  —  The debate over global warming has created predictable adversaries, pitting environmentalists against industry and coal-state Democrats against coastal liberals.  —  But it has also created tensions between two groups …
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.
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 …
Avery Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Flap on Kids' 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.  —  Insurers said they would comply …
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 …
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.
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
One Week Later, Americans Divided on Healthcare  —  Structure of public reaction very similar to where it stood prior to bill's passage  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are now about evenly split in their reactions to the healthcare bill's passage: 47% consider it a good thing and 50% a bad thing.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Donklephant
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 …
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 …
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
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
IT Problems Put Accuracy of Census at Risk, Say Government Auditors  —  Washington D.C. ( - Information Technology (IT) problems at the U.S. Census Bureau could cause inaccuracies in this year's constitutionally mandated decennial tabulation of the U.S. population, according to government auditors.
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
Pat Sajak / Human Events:
Opposed to Obamacare?  Then You Must Be a Racist  —  Frank Rich spent many years as the theater critic for the New York Times, where, at worst, his venom could cause a Broadway production or two to close down.  —  Now, however, Mr. Rich opines on political and social issues for the Times …
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Bill Carter / New York Times:
CNN Fails to Stop Fall in Ratings  —  CNN continued what has become a precipitous decline in ratings for its prime-time programs in the first quarter of 2010, with its main hosts losing almost half their viewers in a year.  —  The trend in news ratings for the first three months of this year …
Discussion: Gawker and The Political Carnival
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Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Hate crimes force Jews out of Malmo
Discussion: Jihad Watch
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sandra Bullock Trade
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Happy Hour Roundup
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Hill
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Gallup crumble: ObamaCare underwater again, GOP surges on generic ballot
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
C-Span Caller Rails Against Black Callers (VIDEO)
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Minuteman Leader: When I Said To Come To The Border Locked …
Mike / Rortybomb:
Leonhardt in the NYTimes Magazine, The Uses of Discretion with PCA
VERSION ESPAÑOL  —  En los últimos meses me di …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Fausta's Blog
Ezra Klein:
Access to medical care is not ‘candy’ or an ‘indulgence’
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Grassley cools toward bipartisanship after health debate
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Grayson Threatened, Compares GOP To Nazis
Jason Mattera / Big Government:
Franken Unhinged: Shutting Up Staffers and Journalist
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Pundit & Pundette
NY Daily News:
Tea Party activism is not about political dissent …