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3:35 PM ET, April 1, 2010

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Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
RNC “census” mailer offers phone sex number  —  A new entrant in the when-it-rains-it-pours category.  —  The Republican National Committee sent a fundraising mail piece earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone-sex line offering “live, one-on-one talk with a nasty girl …
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The Note:
RNC Mailer Directs Donors to Sex Line: ‘We Love Nasty Talk as Much as You Do’  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports:  —  The Republican National Committee inadvertently sent a fundraising mail piece earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone sex line offering to connect callers with …
ABCNEWS:
RNC's Nasty Talk: Mailer Directs Donors to Sex Line  —  The Mail Piece Was Pulled When RNC's Number Was Switched for a Sex Hotline  —  The Republican National Committee inadvertently distributed fundraising mail earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone-sex line offering …
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rep. Hank Johnson: Guam could ‘tip over and capsize’  —  Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) is afraid that the U.S. Territory of Guam is going to “tip over and capsize” due to overpopulation.  —  Johnson expressed his worries during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense budget Friday.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Dem congressman: If Guam gets too overpopulated, it might tip over  —  Via Weasel Zippers, a clip that's destined to be viral by tomorrow morning.  Even so, go easy on him.  Yes, he was an Iraq defeatist, and granted, he demagogued Joe Wilson's outburst in the scummiest way imaginable …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson worries loading too many people onto Guam could capsize the island  —  First, before you watch this short but remarkable video, a little background on Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson.  —  He's from Georgia's Fourth District.  A Washington, D.C. native …
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Your morning jolt: Hank Johnson and a ‘capsizing’ Guam
Susan Page / USA Today:
USA fumes over politics  —  WASHINGTON — Seven months before the midterm elections, Americans seem disaffected about nearly everything political.  —  A majority disapprove of both political parties, their leaders and most members of Congress, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Move Ahead in 2010 Vote for Congress  —  Hold 47% to 44% advantage in registered voters' preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters now say they prefer the Republican to the Democratic candidate in their district by 47% to 44% in the midterm congressional elections …
The Official Google Blog:
A different kind of company name  —  Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google.  We've been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture.  Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM …
Rep. Patrick McHenry / Congress Blog:
Returning the census is our constitutional duty  —  I'm worried about this year's census.  —  I'm not worried about ACORN rigging the count - we already succeeded in kicking them out of the census.  I'm not worried about the President's attempt to run the census out of the White House - we beat that power grab back last year.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Census form: ‘First grandma’
Discussion: D.C. Now
David Pogue / New York Times:
State of the Art: David Pogue's Review of the iPad  —  In 10 years of reviewing tech products for The New York Times, I've never seen a product as polarizing as Apple's iPad, which arrives in stores on Saturday.  —  “This device is laughably absurd,” goes a typical remark on a tech blog's comments board.
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Stephen Fry / Time:
The iPad Launch: Can Steve Jobs Do It Again?
Discussion: Gawker and Silicon Alley Insider
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Liberal group march meets pushback  —  A handful of liberal groups - but only a few dozen protesters — marched on the Republican National Committee offices Thursday to denounce the threats against members of Congress during the health care vote.  —  But in an oddly Washington moment …
New York Times:
Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretapping Program Illegal  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration's effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The criminal NSA eavesdropping program
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to RNC: Take me off fundraiser  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has asked the Republican National Committee to remove her name from a fundraiser the committee is planning piggybacking off of the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, POLITICO has learned.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat Boxer warns colleagues: Don't take your seats for granted  —  Democratic incumbents must be wary of taking their seats for granted this election cycle, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday.  —  Boxer, who's facing one of the most competitive election challenges in her own career …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Barney Frank directs his staff not to talk to aide-turned-lobbyist  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Thursday barred his staff from having any contact with an aide-turned-financial lobbyist.  —  In a statement, the House Financial Services Committee chairman said the normal one-year ban …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Media Research Center:
Those Ignorant, Racist Tea-Baggers; Meredith Shakes Her Broomstick  —  Those Ignorant, Racist Tea-Baggers  —  “The collective IQ of Searchlight, Nevada plunged over the weekend as the Tea Party Tart, Sarah Palin, brought her flannel-and-flapjacks followers to Harry Reid's hometown.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Anarchists Plan War On April 15th Tea Parties  —  WARNING: Be on the lookout-  —  Bring your cameras.  —  Violent anarchists are planning on infilitrating and sabotaging the Tea Party Protests on April 15th.  —  The Jawa Report posted this call to arms from the violent anarchists at Infowars today:
Washington Times:
SUDERMAN: Whimsical FCC encroaches on First Amendment rights  —  A doddering bureaucracy whose time has passed  —  As exercises in bureau-cratic hairsplitting go, it is tough to beat the sheer audacity of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's recent declaration …
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain: GOP hopes to sidestep veto in repeal efforts  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday backed a plan that he says would allow the Republicans to avoid a presidential veto while negating the effects of a new healthcare law.  —  The 2008 GOP presidential nominee backed a plan …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Study Claiming Link Between Stimulus Funding and Partisanship is Manifestly Flawed  —  A study purporting to find a connection between stimulus spending and the partisanship of a district suffers from an obvious flaw.  But in so doing, it provides an example of why it's important to retain …
Thomas B. Edsall / The Atlantic Online:
An Electoral Majority for Obama?  —  Over the last two years, there has been a massive increase in the number of people who have no place to turn except to the government.  Enactment of the Obama administration's health care reform legislation demonstrates the growing power of this burgeoning constituency …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Tony Paterson / The Independent:
Papal ally accused of ‘ritual beatings’  —  German bishop accused of hitting child with carpet beater at church-run home  —  The child abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church widened yesterday as a leading German bishop personally appointed by Pope Benedict was accused of ritually beating …
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Democratic operative Steve Hildebrand goes rogue  —  On a recent afternoon in his exposed-brick office, Steve Hildebrand coolly explains why his latest target is the woman down the hall.  —  “She voted against health care because she thought it was bad politically,” Hildebrand says …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and Naked Politics
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: The new federal menu mandate meets the real world  —  Yesterday, I spent a little time at a local pizzeria to find out more about the impact of the new federal menu mandate in the real world.  Davanni's has 21 locations throughout the Twin Cities, a smaller, local chain …
Discussion: WILLisms.com
David Catanese / The Politico:
Dems squeezed by health care lawsuit  —  They played almost no role in crafting or passing the new federal health care legislation, but Democratic attorneys general have suddenly emerged as prominent actors in the post-passage drama over the constitutionality of the landmark law.
Discussion: MyDD
Dion Lefler / Wichita Eagle:
Complaints about Obama drive 11 percent surge in Tiahrt's office spending  —  In a year when he was saying government needed to tighten its belt to get through the recession, Rep. Todd Tiahrt increased spending on his taxpayer-funded congressional office by 11 percent, federal records show.
World Tribune.com:
U.S.-Israel C-130J agreement now awaits ‘political decision’  —  WASHINGTON — Israel and the United States have signed an agreement for the sale of the C-130J air transport to the Jewish state.  —  Officials said the U.S. Defense Department and Israeli Defense Ministry concluded an agreement …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Debate brews over IRS expansion  —  TAGS: - Health Care Reform, - Kathleen Sebelius, - Department Of Health And Human Services, - Jim DeMint, - Internal Revenue Service, - Federal Payrolls  —  Health reform may have finally become law, but the partisan wars over the bill continue to rage …
Discussion: Daily Kos and FactCheck.org
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:
Administration seeks to change pay incentives at major firms  —  When the Obama administration imposed restrictions on executive pay last year at some of the largest companies the government had bailed out, officials said they were aiming to set a new standard for compensation across corporate America …
 
 
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Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
Why political science matters, ‘independents’ edition
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Gary Locke / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Believe the Writedown Hype
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Weekly Standard
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Ban Insider Trading in Credit Default Swaps?
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Paterson Won't Call Special For Massa Seat
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and The Daily Caller
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Regulatory Capture, Cont'd
Simon Lazarus / The Huffington Post:
The Trumped-Up Constitutional Case To Trump Health Care Reform
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Fred R. Becker, Jr / The Huffington Post:
Fred R. Becker, Jr.: Financial Literacy is No Joke
Discussion: Move Your Money
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
RED HORSE  —  Some troops in Afghanistan go months without a shower.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
Rushed From Haiti, Then Jailed for Lacking Visas
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tim Townsend / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ACLU program will protect Muslims in FBI questioning
Los Angeles Times:
Native-born Californians regain majority status
Discussion: PoliBlog
Kiki Ryan / The Politico:
FORMER ‘REAL WORLD’ CAST MEMBER RUNS FOR HOUSE
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Caucus
Reuters:
Democrats lie low after healthcare victory
Discussion: The Note and NRSC