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David Weigel / Right Now:
Geico voice actor fired after insulting tea parties  —  Sometimes you have a headline that makes the rest of the story superfluous, but here's the background.  Actor Lance Baxter, otherwise known as “D.C. Douglas,” currently known as the man who informs you how much Geico can save you on car insurance …
Matt Kibbe / Big Government:
Geico Cancels a Hater
Washington Post:
Once critical of financial regulation bill, Republicans change their tone  —  Key Senate Republicans on Tuesday began to back away from their sharp criticism of proposed new financial regulations and expressed optimism that a bipartisan deal on a bill that would drastically change …
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The Hill:   Shelby: senators ‘closer than ever’ to bipartisan deal on Wall St. reform
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
MSNBC Pulls the Plug on Donny Deutsch's Weeklong Anchoring Stint  —  A week-long anchoring stint on MSNBC by Donny Deutsch ended abruptly on Wednesday, and four people briefed on the decision said the cancellation stemmed from an unflattering mention of that channel's No. 1 anchor, Keith Olbermann, a day earlier.
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Donny Deutsch Off the Air after Criticism of Keith Olbermann  —  TVNewser has learned Donny Deutsch, who'd been filling in on the 3pmET hour this week on MSNBC, won't be anchoring for the rest of the week after a segment yesterday seemed to criticize his colleague Keith Olbermann.
Quinnipiac University:
Obama's Bounce Goes Flat, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; But Voters Confident He Will Pick Good Judge  —  President Barack Obama's job approval, which bounced slightly to a 45 - 46 percent split March 25 in the wake of his health care victory, has flattened out at 44 - 46 percent …
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Reuters:
Obama backers show signs of disappointment
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama consults on SCOTUS choice
Discussion: CNN, The Swamp and TRAIL BLAZERS
Matt Towery / Southern Political Report:
SPR exclusive bulletin: Crist to run for Florida Senate as an independent  —  It may be the worst-kept secret in American politics today, and it's apparently about to become a reality.  Reliable sources informed me today that embattled Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, whose early lead …
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St. Petersburg Times:
U.S. attorney, IRS and FBI investigating Florida GOP credit card use
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Charlie Crist is no Joe Lieberman
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and DISSENTING JUSTICE
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems To Attack Sue Lowden With “Chickens For Checkups” Web Site  —  Chickens for Checkups!  —  That's the name of a new Web site the DSCC is planning to unveil today in an effort to draw national attention to GOP Senate candidate Sue Lowden, who doubled down this week on her assertion …
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Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Republican baffled by Tea Party endorsement of Democrat rival  —  When the Tea Party Express last week endorsed Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick — the only Democrat to receive the backing of the conservative grassroots group — one of his Republican challengers said he was simply baffled to learn the news …
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Now
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
2010: The Year of the Indignant Independent
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Russell Berman / The Hill:   ‘Fair Tax’ seen as wedge issue to push split between Republicans, Tea Party
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Mike Allen, the Man the White House Wakes Up To  —  Before he goes to sleep, between 11 and midnight, Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director, typically checks in by e-mail with the same reporter: Mike Allen of Politico, who is also the first reporter Pfeiffer corresponds with after he wakes up at 4:20.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Filter That Protects Palin From Scrutiny  —  Here's a revealing glimpse into how a delusional, incompetent, pathological liar has managed never to hold a real press conference and yet remains a credible public figure.  She avoids the filters - i.e. skeptical journalists - and deploys one simple propaganda tool:
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
FBI, Justice Dept. open probe of Massa payments after retirement announcement  —  Federal authorities have launched a public corruption investigation into events surrounding former representative Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
CNBC:
Testimony Could Undercut SEC Charge Against Goldman  —  The government has testimony from a Paulson & Co. official that could contradict its own claims against Goldman Sachs, CNBC has learned.  —  Paolo Pellegrini told the government that he informed ACA Management that Paulson intended to bet against …
Morgen Richmond / Big Government:
Bertha Lewis Unleashed: Bashes Conservatives and the Tea Party, Promotes Socialism  —  Apparently CEO Bertha Lewis said of ACORN yesterday “we're on life support”.  Well, I think ACORN's remaining benefactors might be a little closer to pulling the plug once and for all after watching …
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BernardGoldberg.com:
About Jon Stewart ...  In the big scheme of things what Jon Stewart says about me or what I say about him doesn't amount to much.  It doesn't really amount to much in the small scheme of things, either.  But this is the United States of Entertainment, after all, so here goes.
Discussion: Romenesko
New Jersey Online:
N.J. voters reject school budgets in heated elections … New Jersey voters took a stand on school spending and property taxes Tuesday, rejecting 260 of 479 school budgets across 19 counties, according to unofficial results in statewide school elections.  —  In the proposed state budget …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Bush Still Gets More Blame for Economy Than Obama  —  Of the three party groups, only Republicans say Obama bears more blame than Bush  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than a year into Barack Obama's presidency, Americans are more likely to say George W. Bush is responsible for today's economic problems …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Senator DeMint to Brody File: Tea Party Movement Will Bring On “Spiritual Revival”  —  Senator Jim DeMint tells The Brody File that the Tea Party is a “spiritual revival” waiting to happen.  He compares it to “The Great Awakening”.  You can watch his fascinating comments below and read a partial transcription as well.
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews Allows Gun Rights Protesters to Show Their Blind Hatred for President Obama  —  Chris Matthews allows 2nd Amendment protesters Larry Pratt and Skip Coryell to dig their own hole while trying to get them to explain what freedoms are being taken away from them and what right the 2nd Amendment protects.
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Rent-A-Front: New Group Wages Stealth Battle Against Wall Street Reform  —  In the last few weeks, a new player entered the financial reform fray with a $1.6 million ad buy, a respected economist on board, a blitz of opinion columns on left-leaning websites, and a message …
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
All About the (New) Benjamins: Redesigned 100  —  Ben Franklin Gets a Makeover As New $100 Bill Unveiled  —  The recession has left many people strapped for cash, but even so, you will soon notice a new look for the $100 bill.  —  Ben Franklin's makeover was shown off at a ceremony …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
New Financial-Reform Bill Would Break Up Banks.  —  Sens. Sherrod Brown (right), Ted Kaufman, Robert Casey and Sheldon Whitehouse are introducing a new financial-reform bill, the Safe Banking Act of 2010, to limit the size of the banks — and, in the process, break up existing firms.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
 
 
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