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10:30 AM ET, March 30, 2010


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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
RNC fires staffer behind controversy  —  A Republican National Committee staffer who accompanied a group of young donors to a bondage-themed West Hollywood club and then expensed the nearly $2,000 tab has been fired by the committee, POLITICO has learned.  —  RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay announced …
The Hammer / Red County:
Michael Steele's Bondage Party Has an O.C. Connection
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Insurance industry agrees to fix kids coverage gap  —  WASHINGTON — After battling President Barack Obama's health care overhaul the better part of a year, the insurance industry said Monday it won't try to block his efforts to fix a potentially embarrassing glitch in the new law.
Avery Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
Flap on Kids' Coverage Settled
The Huffington Post:   Sebelius To Insurers: It's Over, You Lost, Stop Looking For Loopholes
Derrick Z. Jackson / Boston Globe:
On kids' care, insurance weaseling begins
Discussion: Eschaton
Rove Gets Branded ‘War Criminal’ At Book Signing  —  BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) ― About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book “Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight,” — but the fight wasn't contained to his book.
Michelle Malkin:
Code Pink mob shuts down Rove book event
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Gateway Pundit
Baltimore Sun:
Marine's father ordered to pay Westboro's court costs  —  Church members had conducted anti-gay protests at the funeral of Marine who died in Iraq  —  From Baltimore Sun staff and wire reports  —  Lawyers for the father of a Marine who died in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed …
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 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Health care law too costly, most say  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the health care overhaul signed into law last week costs too much and expands the government's role in health care too far, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, underscoring an uphill selling job ahead for President Obama and congressional Democrats.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Gallup crumble: ObamaCare underwater again, GOP surges on generic ballot
Pajamas Media:
Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide  —  On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally.  —  Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010.
Scott / Power Line:
Al Sharpton plies his trade  —  When Don Imus sought absolution for his characteristic display of poor taste, he bent his knee to Pope Al Sharpton.  How is it that Al Sharpton has become the arbiter elegantiae for matters pertaining to race and etiquette?  Though he is accorded …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Liar Al Sharpton on Bogus Black Caucus Tea Party Attack …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Sandra Bullock Trade  —  Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month.  First, she won an Academy Award for best actress.  Then came the news reports claiming that her husband is an adulterous jerk.  So the philosophic question of the day is: Would you take that as a deal?
Fox News:
Pro-Life Democrats Who Switched Vote for Health Bill Request Billions in Earmarks  —  The 11 House Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak who dropped their opposition to health care reform mere hours before the final vote have requested $3.4 billion in earmarks — and one watchdog group wants …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Oops!  Iowa Town Renames Good Friday  —  Citing the Separation of Church and State, Davenport Nixes Holy Day  —  One week before the most solemn day in the Christian year, the city of Davenport, Iowa removed Good Friday from its municipal calendar, setting off a storm of complaints …
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.
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 …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Hutaree militia and the rising risk of far-right violence  —  The arrests of members of a Michigan-based “Christian” militia group should convince doubters that there is good reason to worry about right-wing, anti-government extremism — and potential violence — in the Age of Obama.
New York Times:
Afghan Leader Is Seen to Flout Influence of U.S.  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — This month, with President Hamid Karzai looking ahead to a visit to the White House, he received a terse note from aides to President Obama: Your invitation has been revoked.  —  The reason, according to American officials …
Associated Press:
Clyburn: Reid's dealmaking cost Mass. seat  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's dealmaking lost a key seat in Massachusetts but eventually led to the right strategy to win the vote on landmark healthcare legislation, U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said Monday.
Elizabeth Warren / The Politico:
Banking on hypocrisy  —  Banks or families?  —  For almost a year, the big banks and the American Bankers Association (ABA) have presented that choice to Congress.  Lobbyists argue that meaningful consumer protection will jeopardize the safety and soundness of banks, telling lawmakers that they must decide between the two.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Aggressive  —  White House Seeks to Rally Supporters With Aggressive Tone Against Opponents  —  President Barack Obama, after a year of fitfully searching for compromise, is taking a more aggressive tack with his Republican adversaries, hoping to energize Democratic voters …
Discussion: The Caucus
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
American Heroes Ready and Willing to Serve in Congress  —  America, if you love your freedom, thank a vet!  And if you're looking for leaders who believe in integrity, service, and country first, look to our veterans.  —  Last week I campaigned for a true American hero, John McCain …
Obama set to sign health care ‘fixes’ bill  —  Washington (CNN) — President Obama is set to claim final victory on his top domestic priority Tuesday by signing into law a package of changes to the newly enacted health care reform bill.  —  The signing ceremony at a community college …
Wall Street Journal:
iPhone U.S. Monopoly May End  —  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.
Washington Post:
What the Iraqis are building  —  IN THE three weeks since Iraq held elections, many news stories have focused on the negative or the uncertain — on the gains made by followers of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, for example, and on how long it will take for a ruling coalition to take shape.
Discussion: SWJ Blog, IraqPundit and Power Line
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Romney defends Mass. health care law
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
Carla K. Johnson / Associated Press:
Health premiums could rise 17 pct for young adults
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The progressive Internet space changed because Obama convinced it to change
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Confluence
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Health Law Does Little to Curb Overuse of Care
Discussion: Beat the Press
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
The Bolivarian Rot Spreads
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As End of Tax Credit Looms, a Spurt of Home Buying
Discussion: Beat the Press and Calculated Risk
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Obama administration may send U.S.-Russia arms treaty to Congress by late April
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Pat Sajak / Human Events:
Opposed to Obamacare? Then You Must Be a Racist
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
IT Problems Put Accuracy of Census at Risk, Say Government Auditors
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Iceland Bans Strip Clubs
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Students want ‘Our Lord’ phrase off diplomas
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The Huffington Post:
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