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10:45 AM ET, February 28, 2011

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Dennis McLellan / Los Angeles Times:
Frank Buckles, last American veteran of World War I, dies at 110  —  Frank Buckles, one of more than 4 million Americans to serve in World War I, drove ambulances in France and was later a civilian prisoner of war during Japan's invasion of the Philippines in WWII.
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Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Last U.S. World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110  —  Frank W. Buckles died early Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused.  —  In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I …
Paul Courson / CNN:   Last U.S. World War I veteran dies
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: On shutdown, more voters would blame Dems  —  Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.  —  The results are surprising …
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Republicans win round one of budget fight
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Guardian
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Deal on Spending Cuts Would Defer Tougher Decisions
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Home News  —  The Dish is moving!  In April, we'll be joining The Daily Beast.  —  For me, it's a strange mixture of excitement and sadness.  Sadness because the Atlantic has been a very special home for me and all the interns and staffers who have worked at the Dish.
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Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Sullivan Joins The Daily Beast!  —  In exciting news for the two-year-old Daily Beast, the blogging trailblazer is moving his influential Daily Dish to our site.  His blog will occupy a new channel starting in early April, and he will become a Newsweek contributor.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Demonstrators Can Continue Overnight Stays in Wisconsin Capitol  —  MADISON, Wis. — In a victory — at least a symbolic one — for Wisconsin's public employee unions, the Capitol authorities announced on Sunday that demonstrators could continue their all-night sleepovers in the building and would not be forcibly ejected or arrested.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012  —  Just four months after posting historic election gains, Republicans are experiencing a reality check about 2012: President Barack Obama is going to be a lot tougher to defeat than he looked late last year.
Discussion: Jay Bookman
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Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:   Goddangit, Baby, We're Making Good Time
David Brody / The Brody File:
Speaker Boehner tells Brody File President Obama's DOMA Decision is “Raw Politics”  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner says President Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court strikes him as “raw politics” and says Obama is “pandering to the other side on this issue.”
Discussion: The Hill, AMERICAblog Gay and Wonk Room
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Tennessean.com:
House speaker urges spending cuts before nation goes broke
Mark A. Kellner / Washington Times:   Boehner rips bid to regulate Internet
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Limit Pay, Not Unions  —  IN Ohio, Wisconsin and other states facing budget deficits, some elected officials assert that closing those gaps requires achieving labor savings and weakening labor unions.  They are half-right.  —  Across the country, taxpayers are providing pensions …
Becky Schlikerman / Chicago Breaking News:
Farrakhan: Mideast uprisings will come to US  —  Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan predicted on Sunday that America faces imminent uprisings that mirror those in the Middle East.  —  “What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt ... Libya, in Bahrain ... what you see happening there …
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
The Only Chart You Need To See To Understand Why The US Is Screwed  —  We're still working our way through Kleiner Perkins' partner Mary Meeker's excellent analysis of the financial condition of the United States.  —  We'll be breaking out some key sections in the next few days.
New York Times:
Libya Blames Islamic Militants and the West for Unrest  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — The Libyan authorities blamed Islamic radicals and the West on Monday for a conspiracy to cause chaos and take over the country, even as rebels challenging Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi demonstrated their increasing military coordination and firepower.
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Margaret Coker / Wall Street Journal:
Libya Rebels Take Control of City Near Tripoli
Discussion: Moe Lane
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Madoff Tapes  —  One evening, my home phone rang.  “You have a collect call from Bernard Madoff, an inmate at a federal prison,” a recording announced.  And there he was.  —  Bernard L. Madoff is in therapy.  Each week, he waits for the signal that prisoners are allowed to leave their housing units …
Discussion: Guardian and Raw Replay
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Dual Oil Threats  —  When people talk about the risk posed to the economy by oil price spikes it's worth keeping in mind the fact that there are really two separate threats here.  —  One is that expensive oil is a negative “real” shock to the American economy.
Discussion: New York Times
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
White House Sweats, and He's the Cause  —  WASHINGTON — Michael Strautmanis had no sooner started his White House job as a deputy assistant to the president when his boss began badgering him.  —  “Am I working out?  Am I eating right?”  Mr. Strautmanis recalled President Obama asking.
Discussion: The Note and Marbury
Rachel Maddow / msnbc.com:
Transcript of: Walker, McCain, roundtable  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, revolution in the Middle East and the showdown at home over red ink in Washington and in states like Wisconsin .  Mounting leadership tests for President Obama as the battle lines of the 2012 campaign come into sharper view.
Fire Andrea Mitchell!:
Fox News Mike Tobin hit by union thugs at Wisconsin capitol Madison - later union goons even threaten to break Tobin's Neck  —  The civility and “toned down rhetoric” of the progressive liberal left continues.  Aren't you glad all those Congressmen/women state together during the State of the Union address?
 
 
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Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Tony Blair asked Gaddafi to stop killing Libyan protesters
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and HotAirPundit
Thomas Ferdousi / Pundit Press:
NY Teachers Union Calls for Members to ‘Agitate’
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue State Dems Turn on State, Local Workers
John / Power Line:
The Teddy Files: Even Worse Than You Thought!
Clarion-Ledger:
Gov.'s memories of King may be inaccurate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
JSOnline:
Budget stalemate as strong as ever
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: Palin's numbers slip in Iowa
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Ex-Dallas mayor Tom Leppert faces tough odds in U.S. Senate run
Discussion: Ballot Box and Off the Kuff
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Patrick: Not everybody wants to be president
Discussion: Boston Globe
Washington Post:
Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle: Government workers vs. taxpayers
Discussion: RedState
Nolan Finley / Detroit News:
AWOL Dems defy ballot box
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Voting for the national interest, not self-interest
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Defiant Clarence Thomas fires back
Discussion: Wonk Room, SCOTUSblog and The Note
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Gates's warning: Avoid land war in Asia, Middle East, and Africa
Discussion: The Moderate Voice