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2:30 PM 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 …
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KCBS-TV:
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.
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Michelle Malkin:
Code Pink mob shuts down Rove book event
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Gateway Pundit
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.
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The Huffington Post:
Sebelius To Insurers: It's Over, You Lost, Stop Looking For Loopholes
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod: Obama will ‘keep plugging away’ at working with GOP  —  President Barack Obama will “keep plugging away” at winning GOP support for his initiatives, a top advisor said Tuesday.  —  White House senior aide David Axelrod said the White House hasn't decided to abandon outreach …
Discussion: The Note and The Page
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Aggressive
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.
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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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
U.S. nudges UN rights body to combat intolerance
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
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?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Davis ahead in primary  —  Artur Davis is ahead in the Democratic primary for Governor of Alabama, but there are some warning signs for him in the polling as well.  Davis is getting 38% to 28% for Ron Sparks and 9% for Sam Franklin Thomas.  —  Despite his lead there are actually …
Discussion: TPMDC and Real Clear Politics
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Quinnipiac University:
Fisher Leads In Ohio Dem Primary For Senate, Quinnipiac University …
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain: Obama could cave and repeal healthcare  —  Political pressure might become so intense that President Obama would agree to repeal major portions of the healthcare bill he signed into law recently, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said today.  —  Even if Republicans win Congress in 2010 …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“How Should Conservatives Deal with the Left's Disrespect and Lack of Empathy?”  —  Dr. Helen: … [my emphasis]  —  Good stuff.  And not just because some of it sounds eerily familiar.  —  Of course, to be fair, the “right” exhibits its share of intolerance — which, like that from the left …
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Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
How Should Conservatives Deal with the Left's Disrespect and Lack of Empathy?
Discussion: alicublog, pandagon.net and POWIP
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.
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.
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 …
Tom McLaughlin / Northwest Florida Daily News:
Bud Day endorses Charlie Crist  —  Not everyone in Northwest Florida plans to vote for Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senate candidate who has become the darling of conservative Republicans across the state.  —  Col. Bud Day, Fort Walton Beach attorney and Medal of Honor winner, has publicly endorsed …
Associated Press:
Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent  —  A federal judge on Monday struck down patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer.  The decision, if upheld, could throw into doubt the patents covering thousands of human genes and reshape the law of intellectual property
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ACLU:
Patents On Breast Cancer Genes Ruled Invalid In ACLU/PubPat Case
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Large Hadron Collider Finally Smashing Properly  —  PASADENA, Calif. — After 16 years and $10 billion — and a long morning of electrical groaning and sweating — there was joy in the meadows and tunnels of the Swiss-French countryside Tuesday: the world's biggest physics machine …
Associated Press:
Obama: Tea Party features ‘core group’ against him  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he believes the Tea Party is built around a “core group” of people who question whether he is a U.S. citizen and believe he is a socialist.  —  But beyond that, Obama tells NBC he recognizes the movement involves …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SARKOZY ON HEALTH CARE DEBATE: 'IT'S DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE'.... French President Nicolas Sarkozy, once a European darling to American conservatives, has been keeping an eye on the U.S. debate over health care.  Speaking at Columbia University yesterday, the French leader expressed some astonishment at what he saw.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators say they can work with Dems despite healthcare battle  —  Republican senators say they can work with Democrats, despite dire predictions that the healthcare fight would make cooperation impossible.  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned that using reconciliation to block …
Carla K. Johnson / Associated Press:
Health premiums could rise 17 pct for young adults  —  CHICAGO — Under the health care overhaul, young adults who buy their own insurance will carry a heavier burden of the medical costs of older Americans — a shift expected to raise insurance premiums for young people when the plan takes full effect.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Companies Push to Repeal Provision of Health Reform  —  An association representing 300 large corporations urged President Obama and Congress on Monday to repeal a provision of the health care overhaul that prompted AT&T, Caterpillar and other companies to announce substantial charges for the current quarter.
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
Payback Time: States' Debt Woes Grow Too Big to Camouflage  —  California, New York and other states are showing many of the same signs of debt overload that recently took Greece to the brink — budgets that will not balance, accounting that masks debt, the use of derivatives to plug holes …
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 …
 
 
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Tea party leaders say they would ‘absolutely’ abolish Social Security.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Henry Waxman's War on Accounting
Discussion: Instapundit
Mothax / BurnPit:
Put yourself in his dad's shoes (10)
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Greenroom
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Obama ropes in Romney on healthcare
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Under shadow of 1957, Arkansas stays out of health-care fight
Discussion: The Caucus and Open Left
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
The Rich Can't Pay for ObamaCare
Discussion: EconLog and Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Pat Wechsler / Bloomberg:
Doctors Get Reprieve From 21% Medicare Payment Cut
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Greek Tragedy  —  A reader forwarded me the March 25 edition …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Mark Preston / CNN:
Republican candidates told to talk health care
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Blunt takes the lead
Elizabeth Warren / The Politico:
Banking on hypocrisy