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7:20 AM ET, March 31, 2010

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Howard Fineman / Newsweek Blogs:
The Numbers Don't Lie  —  A Democratic senator I can't name, who reluctantly voted for the health-care bill out of loyalty to his party and his admiration for Barack Obama, privately complained to me that the measure was political folly, in part because of the way it goes into effect …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Democratic senator: Voting for ObamaCare was “political folly”
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Remain Concerned About Costs of Healthcare Bill
Wall Street Journal:
Lady Gaga Versus Mideast Peace  —  Are settlements more offensive than pop stars?  —  Pop quiz—What does more to galvanize radical anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world: (a) Israeli settlements on the West Bank; or (b) a Lady Gaga music video?  —  If your answer is (b) …
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Hating Us For Our Degeneracy  —  This morning Bret Stephens dusted off D'Souza's thesis on jihadism: … That must be why America was beset by jihadist attacks since at least 1948.  Oh, wait, this never happened?  How strange.  That might mean that the decadence-as-cause …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Abu Muqawama / cnas.org:
ABU MUQAWAMA: POST
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.
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Reuters:
Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan
Matthew Cole / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA ‘Intelligence Coup’  —  Shahram Amiri Disappeared Last June in Saudi Arabia, Reportedly Now Resettled in the United States  —  An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances …
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Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
CIA: Iran capable of producing nukes
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Charles Johnson “Fairly Sure” the Tennesee State Flag is a Neo-Nazi Logo...  And I'm fairly sure the Husky Ponytailed Blogger's a washed-up has-been...  The link he provides goes to this picture:  —  Umm yeah, that's the Tennesee state flag...  FAIL.
Wall Street Journal:
Militia Probe Included Undercover FBI Agent  —  An undercover agent was part of the federal investigation of a Michigan-based Christian militia group that allegedly planned to spark an uprising against the government by killing police officers, court documents show.
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Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin To Host First Fox News Show Thursday - With LL Cool J  —  This is not an April Fool's joke.  Sarah Palin will take her first stab at television hosting when she fronts a new Fox News series, Real American Stories, premiering Thursday April 1 at 10pmET.
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Together At Last: Palin To Debut New Fox Show With Guest, L.L. Cool J
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Still Surging: Fox News Has Best Quarter In Network History
Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Growing ‘Frustration’ With Steele Inside RNC  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele “allowed a certain climate to exist” that resulted in the committee paying for a now infamous visit to a Los Angeles strip club, a senior RNC committeeman tells Fox News.
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Elaine Woo / Los Angeles Times:
Jaime Escalante dies at 79; math teacher who challenged East L.A. students to ‘Stand and Deliver’  —  He became America's most famous teacher after a 1988 movie portrayed his success at mentoring working-class pupils at Garfield High to pass a rigorous national calculus exam.  He died of cancer.
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Blake Snow / Fox News:
NASA Data Worse Than Climate-Gate Data, Space Agency Admits  —  NASA can put a man on the moon, but the space agency can't tell you what the temperature was back then.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REAPING WHAT ONE SOWS ON THE CENSUS.... Prominent right-wing voices decided last year that the U.S. census was not to be trusted.  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said the process could lead to “internment camps.”  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) called the census “invasive.”
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Census Returns Way Down in Republican Parts of Texas
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Big announcement coming from Hutchison  —  U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has called a press conference for 10 a.m. Wednesday in San Antonio and is expected to announce whether she will stay in the Senate for the rest of her term.  —  Sen. John Cornyn, her fellow Texas Republican …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Lo, the Mideast Moves  —  BRUSSELS — The passage of the U.S. health care bill is a major foreign policy victory for President Barack Obama.  —  It empowers him by demonstrating his ability to deliver.  Nowhere is that more important than in the Middle East.
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Barry Rubin / RubinReports:
Just Say “No”: I Get Personally Invited to Help the Obama …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Helping One of Our Own  —  It may come as a surprise to many of you, but RedState writers do not get paid.  Well, I do, and I forever remain guilty that I'm the guy getting the check living off the fine writing of others in this community.  Unlike many blogs, we also don't have a regular PayPal tip jar or reader pledge drives.
Discussion: TBogg
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Henry Waxman's War on Accounting  —  Accounting basics: when a company experiences what accountants call “a material adverse impact” on its expected future earnings, and those changes affect an item that is already on the balance sheet, the company is required to record the negative impact …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
John McCain Calls For National Guard Deployment To The Border  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), under fire from the right for not being tough enough on immigration in his Senate primary race, has called on Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to dispatch National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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Washington Examiner:
Dems fear honest Obamacare accounting  —  Remember the Enron scandal in 2001, which drove a bipartisan majority in Congress to demand far-reaching reforms in corporate accounting?  Democrats have discovered this week that maybe they can't handle the truth — at least not when it exposes …
Discussion: RedState and Maggie's Farm
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Google Buzz Privacy Flaw Snags Another Victim: White House Deputy CTO Andrew McLaughlin  —  It's been several weeks now since the disastrous rollout of Google Buzz's initial social networking platform.  It was on February 9ththat Google Buzz unleashed its newest foray into social media to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Two presidents visit U.S. troops: The styles of Barack Obama and George W. Bush in photos  —  President Obama made his first trip as chief executive to Afghanistan over the weekend to, among other things, visit troops close to Kabul.  He spoke to them at Bagram Airfield and we had the full text right here.
Discussion: Wizbang and BLACKFIVE
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Palin Inc.  —  I'm increasingly convinced that Sarah Palin is running to head a media empire rather than a presidential campaign.  —  On that front, she is nothing short of an extraordinary success.  She's got a multi-year gig at Fox News.  She just signed a deal with Discovery's TLC for a documentary about her native Alaska.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama: My Plan Is Like Romneycare  —  If you're Mitt Romney, and you're trying to put as much daylight as possible between Obamacare and the universal health plan you signed as Governor of Massachusetts, the last thing you want is for Barack Hussein Obama himself to approvingly point out the similarities between your plans.
 
 
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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
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The Note:
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Trey Grayson, Rand Paul and the politics of Sept. 11, 2001
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Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
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Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
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