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12:50 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”  —  You know it and I know it, but it's always been an open question whether they know it too.  I think Obama and Pelosi do.  This was their chance to set the country on the path to welfare-state nirvana and they calculated …
Discussion: CNN, JammieWearingFool and TPMDC
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
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
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
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Agonist
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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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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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 …
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
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama ropes in Romney on healthcare  —  President Obama tied his own healthcare reform law to Romneycare today, a growing theme that isn't helping the former Massachusetts Governor in his early positioning for 2012.  —  “I think that the Republican Party made a calculated decision …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama: My Plan Is Like Romneycare
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
Julie Bykowicz / Baltimore Sun:
Ehrlich announces run for governor  —  Decision to challenge O'Malley comes after months-long ‘listening tour’  —  Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. confirmed Tuesday that he will challenge Gov. Martin O'Malley this fall.  —  Ehrlich, the state's only Republican governor in a generation …
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.
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
The Rich Can't Pay for ObamaCare  —  The president intends to squeeze an extra $1.2 trillion over 10 years from a tiny sliver of taxpayers who already pay more than half of all individual taxes.  It won't work.  —  President Barack Obama's new health-care legislation aims to raise $210 billion …
The Note:
Obama Prepared to Move Agenda Forward With or Without GOP  —  ABC News' David Chalian Reports: In the aftermath of President Obama's health care victory without a single Republican vote, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod still holds out hope for some bipartisan agreement on future policy proposals …
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Reaction
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Trey Grayson, Rand Paul and the politics of Sept. 11, 2001  —  Six weeks out from the Kentucky Republican primary for Senate, Secretary of State Trey Grayson and ophthalmologist Rand Paul are in a pitched battle over that most touchy of political subjects: the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Ben Smith's Blog
New York Post:
Rail cops go great guns  —  Stand clear of the submachine guns.  —  In an unusual move, a heavily armed NYPD security battalion with enough firepower to wipe out Downtown Brooklyn descended onto the city's subway trains yesterday in response to suicide bombings in Russia that killed dozens of passengers in Moscow's subway.
 
 
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Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
FDA pressured to combat rising ‘food fraud’
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Reuters:
Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan
Washington Times:
More women may be turning to firearms
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
Tim Price / New Deal 2.0:
Bill Black: Not Dead Yet
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Assessing John Thune's 2012 chances
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Kaine ‘cannot say for sure’ that DNCers haven't gone to strip clubs
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Time's Tumulty joins WaPo
Discussion: The Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
A Passover faux pas for Carly Fiorina?
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Big Government:
Stopping Runaway Washington Spending One Seat at a Time
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain: Obama could cave and repeal healthcare