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8:20 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 …
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Rep. Patrick McHenry / RedState:
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
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 …
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
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 …
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:
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Tea Party Of The Future.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Apple iPad Review: Laptop Killer?  Pretty Close  —  For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad.  After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential …
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Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope has immunity in abuse trials: Vatican  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, accused by victims' lawyers of being ultimately responsible for a cover-up of sexual abuse of children by priests, cannot be called to testify at any trial because he has immunity as a head of state, a top Vatican legal official said on Thursday.
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Tony Paterson / The Independent:
Papal ally accused of ‘ritual beatings’
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Investigation Shows Ensign Appealed to Company  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John Ensign sought financial backing for a troubled Nevada energy company in 2008, and at the same time he urged the company to hire his mistress's husband, according to people involved in the matter.
Erik Telford / Washington Times:
Barack isn't my Daddy  —  And Congress can't just rewrite the facts  —  In 1897, a bill was introduced in the Indiana General Assembly that attempted to legally redefine the value of pi (the mathematical ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter).  The Indiana Pi Bill stands …
Discussion: Blogcritics and Illinois Review
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DNC sells out first shipment of Biden healthcare shirts  —  Democrats say t-shirts that riff on Vice President Joe Biden's well-known take on the healthcare law are selling like hotcakes.  —  Organizing for America, the grassroots arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) …
Washington Post / Ezra Klein:
Why political science matters, ‘independents’ edition  —  David Broder thinks “independent voters” are sick of partisanship: … This is actually a great illustration of the uses of political science for political journalists.  Despite Broder's protestations to the contrary, most independents are, in practice, partisans.
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Historic health reform can't hide Congress's black eye
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Gawker
Frank Schaeffer / The Huffington Post:
The Evangelical “Mainstream” Insanity Behind the Michigan “End Times” Militia  —  A federal prosecutor in Michigan says authorities decided to arrest members of the Hutaree Christian militia after learning “they were prepared to kill.”  —  When I first learned of the news I went …
CNN:
Full results (pdf)  —  According to the poll, Democrats have some ground on health care, but not as much as on the economy.  In August, 51 percent thought that Democrats would do a better job with health care reform than the GOP.  That's now down to 48 percent, but it's still slightly higher …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Harold Pollack / The New Republic:
The Best-Covered News Story, Ever  —  This week's On the Media laments the low quality of press coverage in health care reform.  It's certainly easy to find examples of shoddy journalism and public ignorance to bolster this charge.  Every night, one could watch cable TV screamers trafficking …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
The War on Terror-Bush Without the Stetson — By: Victor Davis Hanson  —  There is much to criticize about President Obama on foreign policy, but increasingly, despite all the “reset button” rhetoric and the obligatory nods to the Left, his anti-terrorism policies are becoming near identical extensions …
Discussion: Moe Lane
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
New ProgressiveSpeak: Denial On Obama's Triangulation  —  Booman just can not accept that he is endorsing triangulation.  So he invents a new definition - triangulation is NOT what Barack Obama does, even though it is exactly like triangulation: … All of this is a prelude to Booman tying himself …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Confluence
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: The Politico and CNN
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Snowe, Collins decline invitation to Obama event  —  Both Maine Senators declined the White House's invitation to attend President Obama's event in their home state today, according to White House spokesman Bill Burton.  —  Burton said the Maine Republicans decided not to attend Obama's healthcare speech in Portland, Maine.
ABCNEWS:
Hoarding, Not Hiring: Corps.  Stockpile Cash  —  Reluctant to Spend or Expand, U.S. Companies Are Sitting on a Record $1.6 Trillion  —  Hopes are running high that Friday's jobs data will bring happy news.  —  Economists predict the Labor Department will announce that 190,000 jobs were added in March, according to a Reuters poll.
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
 
 
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World Tribune.com:
U.S.-Israel C-130J agreement now awaits ‘political decision’
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Thomas B. Edsall / The Atlantic Online:
An Electoral Majority for Obama?
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat Boxer warns colleagues: Don't take your seats for granted
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Reuters:
Democrats lie low after healthcare victory
Discussion: Hot Air, NRSC and The Note
Washington Times:
SUDERMAN: Whimsical FCC encroaches on First Amendment rights
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