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5:40 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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Secret Service interviews Georgia constituent who asked who will ‘shoot’ Obama; case is ‘closed matter’  —  UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: In a new statement Rep Paul Broun appears to admit he should have condemned his constituent: … ORIGINAL POST:  —  By now you may have heard that GOP Rep. Paul Broun …
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Here's the latest evidence that nothing has changed in post-Tucson America...”
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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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.
Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:
Teabags and Sympathy  —  So the New York Times posted …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine:
Wisconsin Assembly Passes Anti-Union Bill in Late-Night Sneak Attack
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Breaking: Kathleen Parker Splits From CNN's ‘Parker Spitzer’  —  Kathleen Parker, the co-host of “Parker Spitzer,” CNN's four-month-old, ratings-challenged primetime show, is being dropped from the program, according to sources inside the CNN newsroom.  Eliot Spitzer, her co-host, will remain …
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Reformats ‘Parker Spitzer’ Without Kathleen Parker  —  Updated CNN is reformatting “Parker Spitzer” as an ensemble program with Eliot Spitzer — and without Kathleen Parker, who has been his co-host for the last four months.  —  Effective Monday, the program will be renamed “In The Arena …
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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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The White House Gets Its First Male Social Secretary
Discussion: National Review
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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Myglesias / Yglesias:
How To Run America Like a Business: Get Rid Of All The Old People  —  Jamelle Bouie tags Sarah Lacy's piece on why America can't “function like a fiscally responsible company” as a good example of “why tech writers should stay away from politics.”  —  I endorse his critiques, but there's really a deeper issue here.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:   Politics Aren't the Problem  —  TechCrunch's Sarah Lacy asks …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC attacks Brown on abuse revelation  —  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is circulating a number of clips to reporters suggesting that Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) revelations of sexual abuse as a child is either a political stunt or a hypocritical move in the light of his endorsement …
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Walter Brooks / Providence Journal:
Scott Brown's Falling Star
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
James Pethokoukis:
Why a U.S. government shutdown is worth it  —  The cost-cutting battle lines are drawn in the U.S. Congress.  But the fight will affect only maybe a sixth of spending, with big-ticket items like defense and Social Security getting a bipartisan pass for now.  Still, tackling even that small slice would save money and reassure markets.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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 …
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.
Discussion: UNCOVERAGE.net and GayPatriot
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Jury Nullification Advocate Is Indicted  —  Julian P. Heicklen sat silent and unresponsive as his bail hearing began last week in federal court in Manhattan; his eyes were closed, his head slumped forward.  —  “Mr. Heicklen?” the magistrate judge, Ronald L. Ellis, asked.  “Mr. Heicklen?
Mzielinska / CBS New York:
Rep. Anthony Weiner Wants ‘Sexist’ Queens Statue Removed  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Congressman Anthony Weiner is taking a stand against a statue in Queens that has been a source of controversy for nearly 90 years.  —  1010 WINS' Al Jones with Rep. Anthony Weiner who says the statue does not represent civic virtue
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 …
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.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Gates Warns Against Any More Wars Like Iraq or Afghanistan  —  WEST POINT, NY — 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 …
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mississippi Rates as the Most Conservative U.S. State  —  Vermont, Rhode Island, District of Columbia have highest percentages of liberals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mississippi is home to the largest percentage of conservatives among U.S. states, with a slim majority identifying their political views as conservative.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel, USA Today and CNN
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Editor: Cal Thomas column ‘essentially plagiarized’ from NYT  —  The Temple Daily Telegram decided not to run Cal Thomas's latest column after noticing that it's “essentially plagiarized from the New York Times,” says managing editor Carroll Wilson.  “I will be looking very closely …
Discussion: Salon
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.
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
New Study Shows That Offshore Drilling Could Make Alaska the Eighth Largest Oil Producer in the World - Ahead of Libya and Nigeria  —  (CNSNews.com) - A new study says drilling on Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) could make Alaska the eighth largest oil resource province in the world — ahead of Nigeria, Libya, Russia and Norway.
Discussion: Moonbattery and protein wisdom
 
 
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Turning Tides  —  It may be that high water-mark of the GOP tide …
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