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5:40 PM ET, March 30, 2010

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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 …
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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.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:   Still Surging: Fox News Has Best Quarter In Network History
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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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
RNC Fires “Young Eagles” Director  —  The RNC has fired the director of its young donors program after she approved an expense for a risque L.A. nightclub, multiple sources tell Hotline OnCall.  —  Allison Meyers, director of the RNC's “Young Eagles” program, was terminated yesterday …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Census Returns Way Down in Republican Parts of Texas  —  File this under “problems that we really should have seen coming”: conservatives, egged on by the likes of Reps. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), declining to return census forms and possibly shrinking the political power of states like Texas.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REAPING WHAT ONE SOWS ON THE CENSUS.... Prominent right-wing …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Sister Toldjah
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck guest host Doc Thompson: Tanning salon tax makes health care reform a ‘racist law.’  —  The recently passed health care reform act includes a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salons to help pay for expanded insurance coverage for millions of Americans.  Radio host Doc Thompson …
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Dradeeus / Media Matters for America:   Beck fill-in Doc Thompson: Snate health care bill requirement …
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?
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Another Reason for Congestion Pricing
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
“How Should Conservatives Deal with the Left's Disrespect and Lack of Empathy?”  [UPDATED]  —  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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
How Should Conservatives Deal with the Left's Disrespect and Lack of Empathy?
Discussion: Shakesville, alicublog and pandagon.net
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Axelrod: Obama will ‘keep plugging away’ at working with GOP
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: RedState and Instapundit
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 …
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.
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.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
McCain: Call in National Guard  —  Sen. John McCain wants to call in the cavalry to defend Arizona from illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico — and to shore up his own right flank.  —  McCain asked the Obama administration Monday to send National Guard troops to the border …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: EconLog and Betsy's Page
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Club For Growth To Mark Kirk: Don't Waver On Repeal  —  Here's a glimpse of what GOP candidates can expect from the right if they backtrack or waver on their pledge to repeal the health reform law.  —  GOP Rep Mark Kirk, who's running for Obama's Illinois Senate seat, was one of the earliest to vow to roll back reform.
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.
Marian R. Williams, Ph.D. / Institute for Justice:
Asset Forfeiture Report  —  “This tightly reasoned document is a call for action by legislatures, citizens and, in the last resort, the Supreme Court.”  —  Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture  —  Jefferson E. Holcomb, Ph.D. Tomislav V. Kovandzic, Ph.D.  —  Scott Bullock
Discussion: Instapundit
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Trey Grayson, Rand Paul and the politics of Sept. 11, 2001
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and AmSpecBlog
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Davis ahead in primary
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
McCain: Obama could cave and repeal healthcare
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Under shadow of 1957, Arkansas stays out of health-care fight
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Greek Tragedy  —  A reader forwarded me the March 25 edition …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators say they can work with Dems despite healthcare battle
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Oops! Iowa Town Renames Good Friday