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3:05 PM ET, March 17, 2011

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin trails Sheen with independents  —  We've found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few.  But this has to be the worst- independent voters …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
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William J. Broad / New York Times:
Scientists Project Path of Radiation Plume  —  A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump torches GOP presidential field  —  Businessman Donald Trump took shots at the field of potential Republican presidential candidates and also fired one at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as he contemplates a 2012 bid.  —  Trump said he could put up as much as $600 billion …
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence: Boehner will ‘denounce’ Tea Party critics in GOP  —  Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) says he expects House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and the rest of GOP leadership to publicly denounce criticism of House conservatives pushing for deeper spending cuts.  —  Pence, a former member of leadership …
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Congressman Mike Pence Says It's Time To Pick A Fight  —  HH: Joined now by Congressman Mike Pence.  Congressman, always a pleasure, thanks for joining us.  —  MP: Thank you, Hugh.  And thanks for having me on.  —  HH: Now Congressman, Jack Kingston, I like to think of as a friend.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats wonder: What's our plan?
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Anthony Weiner: Obama Is ‘Not A Values Guy’
Discussion: New York Times and Sky Dancing
ABCNEWS:
Trump on Boehner: 'I Don't Like the Crying'  —  “I don't like the crying,” he said of Boehner.  “I do not like it.  I don't understand it.  I really like him as a person.  I think the crying is an emotional thing that frankly, probably makes him a very nice man.  But you know, I don't like to see it in a leader.”
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Trump says he has doubts about Obama's birth place  —  (CNN) - Donald Trump, the business mogul who continues to claim he is seriously interested in mounting a bid for the White House, says he has doubts about whether President Obama was born in the United States.
Joshua Hersh / The Daily:
Obama's indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge  —  Fed up with a president “who can't make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.  —  At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition …
James Poniewozik / Time:
NPR Sting: Edited Video Makes Schiller, O'Keefe Look Bad  —  On March 9, the list of radio jobs lost to video got a little longer.  NPR, under siege by conservatives who want to zero out public-media funding, ousted its CEO after a video sting by a group run by conservative provocateur James O'Keefe.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House stops short of veto threat on NPR defunding
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Republicans Put More Heat on NPR
Charlie Langton / MyFOX Detroit:
Two Charged in Tea Party Election Fraud  —  Men were officials in Oakland Co. Democratic Party  —  PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) - Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November's ballot.
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
During NPR Funding Debate, Rep. Jim McGovern Proposes No Federal Funding Should End Up At Fox News  —  Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would strip all federal funds from NPR.  Conservatives have long targeted NPR because they believe it has a liberal bias …
Discussion: Lean Left, The Politico, Fox News and NPR
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Illusion of Disagreement  —  I want to associate myself with Ryan Avent's thoughts on the scientific status of economics and especially these remarks on how the nature of popular political punditry tends to create an exaggerated view of the scale of disagreement: … I think that's all spot on.
Discussion: Who Is IOZ?
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Ryan / The Bellows:
Economic Science  —  I have periodically engaged in a discussion …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Free exchange
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Mitt's backers: ‘RomneyCare’ overblown  —  Mitt Romney's supporters on Capitol Hill are giving him political cover for the healthcare plan he signed into law as governor, even as his competitors for the GOP presidential nomination ramp up their attacks on “RomneyCare.”
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PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Why I am an amoral, family-hating monster...and Newt Gingrich isn't  —  Today is my wedding anniversary.  I've been married to the same woman for 31 years, without ever straying.  Newt Gingrich has been married 3 times, divorced one wife while she was recovering from surgery, and has had extra-marital affairs.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Hullabaloo
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin to make first visit to Israel this weekend  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will make a two-day visit to Israel this weekend, according to multiple media reports Thursday.  —  During her visit, the potential 2012 presidential candidate will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau …
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble  —  It's a universal truth that dogs are man's best friend, but they're pretty darn loyal to their own as well.  Case in point: this tear-inducing video, via the website Jezebel, showing a dog, shivering and disoriented …
Discussion: The Impolitic and National Review
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Plan Aims for 25% Cap  —  Republican Ways and Means Chief Also Would End or Trim Popular Deductions  —  The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee wants to cut the top U.S. tax rate to 25% for individuals and corporations, and cut or eliminate many popular deductions.
Washington Post:
Washington Post suspends reporter for plagiarizing stories on Tucson shooting  —  The Washington Post suspended one of its most seasoned reporters Wednesday after editors determined that “substantial” parts of two recent news articles were taken without attribution from another newspaper.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Quayle Defends Obama on Golf  —  In a Fox Business Network interview, Former Vice President Dan Quayle defended President Obama from Republican criticism that he plays too much golf when there are so many troubles around the world.  —  Said Quayle: “I'm glad he's out playing golf.  I happen to be a golfer.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
U.S. Debt Jumped $72 Billion Same Day U.S. House Voted to Cut Spending $6 Billion  —  (CNSNews.com) - The national debt jumped by $72 billion on Tuesday even as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution to fund the government for just three weeks that will cut $6 billion from government spending.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Limits of Common Sense  —  Why toleration of outrageous speech is necessary for political freedom.  —  Our Monday column on union thuggery prompts this response from reader John Benjamin: … Let's begin by rehearsing the Leiter statement in question.
Discussion: Althouse and Instapundit
 
 
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