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8:00 AM ET, March 30, 2011

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Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders  —  Um, Senators, ever heard of the mute button?  —  Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, Charles Schumer of New York …
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Washington Post:
House Republican leaders turn to moderate Democrats for budget deal  —  Having difficulty finding consensus within their own ranks, House Republican leaders have begun courting moderate Democrats on several key fiscal issues, including a deal to avoid a government shutdown at the end of next week.
The Hill:
Cantor says, ‘Time is up’ to reach a spending deal for fiscal year 2011  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday ruled out another short-term measure to fund the government, raising pressure on both parties to reach a deal to avert a government shutdown after April 8.
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and FrumForum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CAN'T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME?.... At face value …
Discussion: New York Times
JSOnline:
Judge again blocks GOP collective-bargaining plan  —  But Van Hollen assistant says law is in effect  —  By Patrick Marley, Bill Glauber and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - For the second time in less than two weeks, a Dane County judge Tuesday issued an order blocking …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Judge Blocks Wisconsin Anti-Union Law (Again)  —  Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi has just blocked — again — Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) new law curtailing public employee unions, after the state Republican leadership moved last Friday to circumvent her previous order that blocked the law on procedural grounds.
Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Won't Vote to Raise the Debt Limit  —  Everyone in Washington knows how to cut spending.  The time to start is now.  —  Americans have built the single greatest nation in all of human history.  But America's exceptionalism was not preordained.  Every generation has had to confront …
Bloomberg:
Obama Says ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Qaddafi's Regime to Keep Power in Libya  —  President Barack Obama said Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's reign is nearing its end under pressure from sanctions and the intervention of an international military force.  —  The “noose has tightened” …
Discussion: Truthdig
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Ross Douthat:
Not All Choices Are False  —  One of President Obama's recurrent …
Andy Thibault / Washington Times:
Anti-genocide advocate credits Obama for Libyan uprising
Anne Gearan / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama doesn't mention Libyan rebels
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Justice Lawyers Cleared in Voting Case  —  The Justice Department's internal ethics watchdog on Tuesday told Congress that it had cleared all department lawyers of wrongdoing in relation to a much-disputed voter-intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party, a black-nationalist fringe group.
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Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
DOJ Ethics Office: No Evidence That Politics, Race Influenced New Black Panther Party Case  —  The Obama Justice Department did not improperly let politics or the race of the defendants affect the handling of a high-profile civil voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party …
Discussion: Washington Post and Firedoglake
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Maher on Palin and Bachmann: I'm sorry if I hurt anyone's feelings, but no, I wasn't wrong  —  This may be the first time that this particular permutation of “apology” has been offered for dropping a C-bomb on someone.  A forthright apology would be one thing, a “sorry if you were offended” …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Coburn spars with Norquist over tax breaks for ethanol  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped conservative activist Grover Norquist on Tuesday for defending tax breaks that benefit special interest groups.  —  In a letter to Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform …
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Senate vote on proposal to block EPA climate rules slated for Wednesday  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning to hold a vote Wednesday on an amendment to small business legislation that would permanently block the Environmental Protection Agency's climate rules.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Why Obama had to act in Libya  —  “We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi - a city nearly the size of Charlotte - could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.  It was not in our national interest to let that happen.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin Wonders Aloud if Libya Action is a “Squirmish”  —  Madam Malaprop, thy name is Sarah Palin.  Whether by design or accident, she never fails to drop some tidbit that sends the idiocy scale off the charts.  Called in by Fox News to deconstruct President Obama's speech …
Discussion: Wonkette and Salon
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
House votes to end HAMP  —  The House Tuesday voted to eliminate the last of four Obama administration housing programs, in an effectively symbolic vote to end the controversial Home Affordable Modification Program 218 to 109.  —  The loan program launched at the beginning …
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Pawlenty: ‘Every One Of Us’ Running For President Has Flip-Flopped On Climate Change  —  As he competes for the Republican nomination for president, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will have to reconcile why he was for cap-and-trade before he was against it.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Huckabee Continues to Lead in GOP Positive Intensity Tracking
Tom Tomorrow / This Modern World:
Tom Tomorrow:  —  A period of transition  —  I don't really remember the exact date, but at some point in late 1994 or early 1995, I met my editor from the SF Examiner, David Talbot, for lunch at the Rincon Center food court in San Francisco.  Over some cheap take-out …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
The Reliable Source / Washington Post:
Justice Antonin Scalia ticketed for GW Parkway fender-bender; will he take it to court?  —  Now here's a date in traffic court we'd like to attend: In the matter of Antonin Scalia and the George Washington Parkway pileup.  —  The Supreme Court justice was ticketed early Tuesday for his role in a four-car fender-bender.
Discussion: Above the Law and Gawker
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Speak on Energy Policy  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, under pressure to respond to rising gas prices, will outline Wednesday a series of initiatives to cut the nation's reliance on foreign oil, including new initiatives to expand oil production, increase the use of natural gas …
Discussion: The Page
The Note:
Take Two: Donald Trump Releases Official Birth Certificate  —  ABC News Michael Falcone reports:  —  Donald Trump learned the hard way this week that if you're going to call on the president to release his official birth certificate, you'd better do the same.
Washington Post:
Drop in home prices in January raises fear of double dip  —  Home prices dropped in nearly all major housing markets in the country in January, according to price index numbers released Tuesday.  Analysts said the decrease might be a harbinger of a double-dip recession in the housing market.
Discussion: The Hill and HotAirPundit
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Media Ignores Calls For Socialist Revolution at ‘Anti-War’ Rally in Chicago  —  Chicago media reported on a recent march in Chicago as being an “Anti-War” march organized by students and “faith based groups” who “hope to spark change in our democracy.”  What they left out was the clear fact …
Discussion: The Blast and Weasel Zippers
PolitiFact:
Greater Wisconsin Committee says Supreme Court Justice David Prosser mishandled allegation of sex abuse by priest  —  A new TV ad claims that in 1978, when Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser was a district attorney, he didn't ask police to investigate an abuse case involving …
Discussion: Hot Air and JSOnline
Imogen Perry / Guardian:
Cuts protest: I'm a political prisoner now  —  Why was I jailed with other peaceful UK Uncut supporters arrested at Fortnum & Mason?  We'd messed with the rich, apparently  —  On the day of the anti-cuts march the comedian Josie Long tweeted: “UK Uncut is about fun and peaceful protest.”
Discussion: Harry's Place
 
 
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Administration Denies That Libya Mission Goes Beyond UN Mandate
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Graham: Those Engaged In Anti-Muslim Hate Speech Are ‘Putting Our Soldiers At Risk’
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Have We Got Arab Politics All Wrong?
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Dem losers still blaming Nancy Pelosi
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
US paves way to arm Libyan rebels
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