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3:45 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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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Remain Concerned About Costs of Healthcare Bill  —  Americans more positive about effects of the bill on the nation than on themselves personally  —  PRINCETON, NJ — One week after the passage of historic new healthcare legislation, Americans remain worried about the bill's effect on costs …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Democratic senator: Voting for ObamaCare was “political folly”
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
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
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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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
RNC fires staffer behind controversy
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
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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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.
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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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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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: Maggie's Farm and RedState
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
CNBC:
Half of Commercial Mortgages to Be Underwater: Warren  —  By the end of 2010, about half of all commercial real estate mortgages will be underwater, said Elizabeth Warren, chairperson of the TARP Congressional Oversight Panel, in a wide-ranging interview on Monday.
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.
Tim Price / New Deal 2.0:
Bill Black: Not Dead Yet  —  New Deal 2.0 readers know that Roosevelt Institute Braintruster Bill Black isn't afraid to tell it like it is, and in recent weeks he's been turning up the heat on the banksters who defrauded the American public and brought the country to the brink of economic collapse.
Discussion: The Big Picture
 
 
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David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Note to Liberal Elite: It's Not About Race
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
FDA pressured to combat rising ‘food fraud’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Assessing John Thune's 2012 chances
Julie Bykowicz / Baltimore Sun:
Ehrlich announces run for governor
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Kaine ‘cannot say for sure’ that DNCers haven't gone to strip clubs
The Note:
Obama Prepared to Move Agenda Forward With or Without GOP
Discussion: The Reaction and msnbc.com
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Time's Tumulty joins WaPo
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Trey Grayson, Rand Paul and the politics of Sept. 11, 2001
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Ben Smith's Blog
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
A Passover faux pas for Carly Fiorina?
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain: Obama could cave and repeal healthcare
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
The Rich Can't Pay for ObamaCare
Tom McLaughlin / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Bud Day endorses Charlie Crist