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March 22, 2011
4) On Monday, former GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle held her first press conference since announcing her candidacy for Rep. Dean Heller's House seat last week. She sought to underscore the fact that she beat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by 19,677 votes in the 2nd District. Angle had an uneasy relationship with the press in 2010 and Monday was clearly an attempt to start anew, but don't bet on anything changing. 3) A year after President Obama signed the health care law, Americans remain divided over the measure: according to the latest Gallup survey, 46 percent sat it's a good thing that Congress passed the law, while 44 percent say it's a bad thing. In a Gallup poll conducted a year ago, just before Obama signed the bill into law, 49 percent said it was a good thing, while 40 percent said it was a bad thing. Only 39 percent said it will make things "better" while 44 percent thought it would make health care worse. 2) Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has a deal for a book about fiscal discipline and increased liberty but maintains it does not signal a presidential run. So what does it signal? "This is ... a way of trying to contribute some constructive thought to what I consider a very grim situation," Daniels told the AP. The book is scheduled for release in September. 1) Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D) admission that she failed to pay over $287,000 in property taxes on an airplane is yet another gift for Republicans. She doesn't have much room for error in a GOP-leaning state like Missouri, and taking an early hit on both ethics and hypocrisy doesn't bode well. Her folksy populism has always been a major part of her success, so owing nearly $300K in back taxes for a private plane is doubly damaging, especially in an economic recession. --Jessica Taylor contributed to this post
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