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12:50 PM ET, February 25, 2011

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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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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Broun is asked who'll ‘shoot Obama’  —  A constituent at a town hall for Georgia Rep. Paul Broun drew laughter on Tuesday when asked, “Who is going to shoot Obama?” and the Republican didn't come anywhere near condemning the question in his response.  —  “The thing is, I know there's a lot …
Michelle Malkin:
Hate-a-rama: The vulgar, racist, sexist, homophobic rage of the Left  —  Projection.  —  My new syndicated column today does 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.
Discussion: UNCOVERAGE.net
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Town hall question: “Who's going to shoot Obama?”  —  Here's the latest evidence that nothing has changed in post-Tucson America: A person at a Tuesday town hall with Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., got up and asked, “Who is going to shoot President Obama?”  —  The exact wording of the question …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Secret Service interviews Georgia constituent who asked who will ‘shoot’ Obama; case is ‘closed matter’
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
WI Assembly GOP Passes Walker Budget In Surprise Vote — Dems Chant “Shame!”  —  MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin State Assembly has just passed Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, including its controversial provisions to eliminate almost all collective bargaining rights for public employee unions …
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Rubicon: A river in Wisconsin  —  The magnificent turmoil now gripping statehouses in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and soon others marks an epic political moment.  The nation faces a fiscal crisis of historic proportions and, remarkably, our muddled, gridlocked, allegedly broken politics have yielded singular clarity.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
LEFTIST GALLERY ERUPTS as Wisconsin GOP Assembly Passes Governor Walker's Budget Cut Bill (Video)  —  LEFTISTS ERUPT IN RAGE as the GOP majority passed Governor Walker's budget cut bill in the Wisconsin Assembly last night.  —  The far left politicians and supporters shouted “Shame!” and …
Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:   Teabags and Sympathy  —  So the New York Times posted …
Amy Merrick / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill on Union Rights
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Wisconsin Reporter:
New poll: Wisconsinites split on Walker's budget proposal
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Pulling Apart  —  Congress was more polarized last year than in any other year since National Journal began compiling its vote ratings.  Overlap between the parties is disappearing.  —  Republicans in lockstep: House Speaker John Boehner, flanked by GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (left) …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats eye the lockbox for Social Security, in Al Gore revival  —  Senate Democrats want to put the Social Security trust fund in a lockbox and insulate it from a broader budget-cutting package designed to reduce the national deficit.  —  It's a revival of the concept …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Reid tied with eight others as most liberal senator
Discussion: Ballot Box, Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Senate Dems Ding Boehner For Golfing Amid Shutdown Negotiations
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
National Review:
Koch Executives Speak Out on Wisconsin  —  Madison, Wis. — Earlier this week, a blogger impersonating industrialist David Koch spoke with Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who is attempting to pass a budget-repair bill.  The conversation between Walker and the poseur, which was recorded …
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John / Power Line:
No Retreat, No Surrender
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.  —  Here's a thought: maybe Madison, Wis., isn't Cairo after all.  Maybe it's Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence.
Annalyn Censky / CNNMoney.com:
GDP report: Economic growth revised sharply lower  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Budget cuts by state and local governments hurt the economy more than originally thought, according to a government release Friday.  —  Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Pelosi edits honorary resolution...on Pelosi  —  The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday — but its praise wasn't good enough for the House minority leader.  —  When the DNC's Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi's years as speaker of the House …
New Jersey Online:
N.J. labor unions expected to rally in Trenton in support of Wisconsin public workers  —  TRENTON — In a sea of red shirts at the Statehouse today, members of New Jersey labor unions are expected to rally in support of Wisconsin public employees.  —  Their objectives will be transparent.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Run Mitch, Run  —  On Feb. 11, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana met with a group of college students.  According to The Yale Daily News, he told them that there is an “excellent chance” he will not run for president.  Then he mounted the podium at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The top political newcomers  —  Only two months have passed in 2011, but already a number of new faces have made names for themselves — sometimes for good and somtimes for bad — on the national political scene.  —  Some, like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) …
Discussion: WBNG-TV
JSOnline:
Groups officially begin recall process for seven lawmakers  —  By Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  The clock is now running for groups trying to collect enough signatures to trigger recall elections against seven Democratic senators, state officials said today.
aina.org:
Egyptian Armed Forces Fire At Christian Monasteries, 19 Injured  —  (AINA) — For the second time in as many days, Egyptian armed force stormed the 5th century old St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, 110 kilometers from Cairo.  Live ammunition was fired, wounding two monks and six Coptic monastery workers.
 
 
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