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11:15 PM ET, February 25, 2011

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NewsMax.com:
Gingrich: If Palin Took Obama Actions, There Would Be Calls for Impeachment  —  In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama's decision not to fully enforce the Defense of Marriage law eventually could lead to a constitutional crisis …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Newt Gingrich: Obama Could Be Impeached Over Gay Marriage Reversal  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who plans within two weeks to announce if he will run for president, said today that if President Obama doesn't change his mind and order his Justice Department to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act …
Margaret Talbot / News Desk:
Obama, DOMA, and States' Rights
The Note:
Shutdown Showdown: Stalemate Thaws As Democrats “Encouraged” By New GOP Proposal  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson & Matthew Jaffe report:  —  The prospect of a government shutdown one week from today appeared to become less likely Friday as Republicans unveiled a new short-term spending proposal that earned praise from Democrats.
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appropriations.house.gov:
Continuing Resolution Unveiled Today Will Continue Government Operations, Cut Spending  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Appropriations Committee today unveiled a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide funds to keep the government operating over the next two weeks until a compromise can be reached on a year-long funding bill.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Shutdown talk softens as GOP details plans for $4 billion in cuts
Discussion: CNN
Erick Erickson / RedState:
It's What Happens When an Unstoppable Force Hits a Malleable Object
Discussion: UNCOVERAGE.net
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why the GOP shouldn't fear a government shutdown
Discussion: sisu, Hot Air and Cold Fury
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Is Barack Obama Secretly Swiss? … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Fighting Words … - What It's Like To Spend the Night With the Village of Protesters in Wisconsin's Capitol- The MPAA Ratings System Is Much Harsher on Independent Films Than on Studio Films- Slate Readers Hate Their iPads …
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Remy Stern / Gawker:
The Craigslist Congressman and the Crossdressing Prostitute  —  Chris Lee's resignation from the House on Feb. 9 may be the quickest political downfall in history: It came just three hours after Gawker published a photo of Lee standing in the mirror shirtless, along with a story …
Blake Aued / athenscms.com:
Question to Broun: Who's going to shoot President Obama?  —  At Rep. Paul Broun's town hall meeting on Tuesday, the Athens congressman asked who had driven the farthest to be there and let the winner ask the first question.  —  We couldn't hear the question in the back of the packed Oglethorpe …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Here's the latest evidence that nothing has changed in post-Tucson America...”
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Kathleen Parker leaving CNN's struggling ‘Parker Spitzer’
Discussion: Politics Daily
David Weigel / Weigel:
Where Are the Thugs?  —  MADISON, Wisc.  — Michelle Malkin promises to do “the reporting the Tea Party-bashing national media won't do on the rabid outbreak of progressive incivility and violence at Big Labor protests across the country.”  Sounds promising!  But here's what she delivers.
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Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Tim Pawlenty's cup of tea
Discussion: FrumForum
The Hispanic Conservative On Wisconsin Politics …:
The Untold Story of Scott Walker's Longstanding History with Labor  —  may be a new marvel to cable news, but he is certainly no stranger to Wisconsin politics.  Scott K. Walker, son of a Baptist preacher, began his political career in the early 1990s when he ran for an Assembly seat in the State Legislature.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Public employees not such an easy scapegoat after all  —  As the Wisconsin standoff continues, it's worth stepping back and considering an underappreciated but heartening aspect of this whole affair: Public employees are turning out to be far harder to scapegoat in the public mind than many predicted.
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Southern Poverty Law Center lists anti-Islamic NYC blogger Pamela Geller, followers a hate group  —  Manhattan blogger Pamela Geller and her posse of anti-Islamic protesters have been branded a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  —  Stop the Islamization of America was included …
Denver Post:
Bush cancels Denver trip in dispute with Wikileaks founder  —  Former President George W. Bush has canceled his planned Saturday visit to Denver after learning that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would be speaking at the same conference he was to attend.  —  “Six months ago …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
George W. Bush skips conference over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
Jeremy Bernard: A historic choice for White House social secretary  —  The White House is set to make news and history this afternoon when it announces the new social secretary.  Jeremy Bernard, currently the chief of staff to the U.S. ambassador to France, will become the third person to hold the job in the Obama administration.
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Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
The new White House social secretary is Jeremy Bernard …
Walter Brooks / Providence Journal:
Scott Brown's Falling Star  —  Cape Codders were saddened last week by Sen. Scott Brown's (R.-Mass.) claim that he was molested at a local summer camp.  Camp Good News, in the Forestdale section of Sandwich, has confirmed that Brown attended the camp and has reached out to the senator repeatedly …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC attacks Brown on abuse revelation
David Leonhardt / Economix:
College Costs Aren't the Main Problem  —  The ranks of top colleges have been suspiciously stable over time.  —  If someone asked your grandparents 50 years ago to name the country's best colleges, they would have come up with a list that looks very much like the list you'd come up with today.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan  —  WEST POINT, N.Y. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the chances of carrying …
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Congressman who donned tiger costume files for re-election  —  Despite recent news reports of bizarre behavior and calls for his resignation, Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) has filed for reelection.  —  Wu filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to be able to run for his seat in 2012.
Kate Loveys / Daily Mail:
Foiled by the winter: The £25,000 eco-classroom that can't be used because solar panels don't provide enough heat  —  Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future.  —  Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson …
 
 
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Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
23 killed in Iraq's ‘Day of Rage’ protests
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Army: Gen. Caldwell's Accuser Had No Psy-Ops Training
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Geithner: Shutdown could slow recovery …
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Florida's Scott Defends Rejection of Rail Funds as LaHood Cries ‘Baloney’
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Michael Hickins / Wall Street Journal:
Groupon Revenue Hit $760 Million Last Year
Agence France Presse:
Spain to probe Guantanamo torture claims
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Editor: Cal Thomas column ‘essentially plagiarized’ from NYT
Discussion: Salon
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How To Run America Like a Business: Get Rid Of All The Old People
Mzielinska / CBS New York:
Rep. Anthony Weiner Wants ‘Sexist’ Queens Statue Removed
Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:
Teabags and Sympathy  —  So the New York Times posted …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET