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Matt Miller / Washington Post:
‘The Shining’ — national debt edition  —  Remember that great scene in the 1980 film classic, “The Shining,” when the wife comes upon the typewriter of the Jack Nicholson character, who's supposed to have been working night and day for months on his novel?  To her horror, she finds thousands …
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The Politico:
GOP escalates debt-limit demands  —  One day after being named to a presidential task force to negotiate deficit reduction, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor fired off a stark warning to Democrats that the GOP “will not grant their request for a debt limit increase” without major spending cuts or budget process reforms.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Federal Borrowing on Pace to Hit Debt Limit in Less Than Week  —  (CNSNews.com) - Federal borrowing is on pace to hit the legal limit on the national debt in less than a week.  —  As set in a law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on Feb. 12, 2010, the legal limit on the national debt is $14.2940 trillion.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Republicans Can Win the Debt Limit Fight
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Poll Finds Lack of Passion for Republican Candidates  —  With less than a year to go before the Iowa caucuses, Republican voters have yet to form strong opinions about most of their potential candidates for president in 2012, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   STATISTIC OF THE DAY.... A New York Times/CBS News poll released …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Wonkette Editor Comments on Reprehensible Birthday Greeting to Trig Palin  —  Update: Wonkette's editor responds later in the post, but also, a reader hilariously bought the domain name JackStuef.com, which now redirects to the National Down Syndrome Society donation page.  Lemons into lemonade.
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Boycotting Wonkette [UPDATE: Probation]
Adweek:
Wonkette Editor, Slate's Weigel Duke it Out in Emails to Adweek Request for comment on controversial …
Caitlin Dickson / NationalJournal.com:
Wonkette Dukes It Out With Papa John's Pizza
Wall Street Journal:
The Death of Right to Work  —  After 17 months and $2 billion, the NLRB sandbags Boeing.  —  We knew that Big Labor had political pull at the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board, but yesterday's complaint against Boeing is one for the (dark) ages.  By challenging Boeing's right …
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NLRB:
National Labor Relations Board issues complaint against Boeing Company for unlawfully transferring work to a non-union facility  —  NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon today issued a complaint against the Boeing Company alleging that it violated federal labor law by deciding to transfer …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Map  —  The Crystal Ball's First 2011 Take on 2012's Electoral College  —  Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  With 18 months to go until November 2012, there is exactly one use for a current projection of the 2012 Electoral College results.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama jabs ‘climate change deniers’  —  President Obama called out Capitol Hill's “climate change deniers” Wednesday night at a Democratic fundraiser in California.  —  Obama, speaking at a San Francisco event for donors, called rising gasoline prices an economic drain on drivers …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama sees his approval ratings drop after launching 2012 reelection bid
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a Facebook Town Hall  —  Facebook Headquarters  —  THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you so much, Facebook, for hosting this, first of all.  (Applause.)  My name is Barack Obama, and I'm the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  (Laughter.)
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama: Mistakes? Can't think of any.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
New York Post:
Trump blasts Seinfeld pullout  —  Donald Trump wasn't laughing when funnyman Jerry Seinfeld canceled an upcoming appearance at a benefit for his son's Eric Trump Foundation.  —  Seinfeld pulled out of the Sept. 13 event benefiting the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital because he disagrees …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The DNC's money  —  Even as Reince Priebus returns the Republican National Committee to something resembling a normal fundraising situation, and brings back a large cadre of major donors who had departed during the Steele era, the RNC may struggle to compete with the president's party committee.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC bests DNC in March fundraising
Discussion: CNN
Kombiz / AMERICAblog Elections:
The easily debunked lies of Matt K Lewis  —  Matt Lewis is a right-wing “reporter” for the daily caller.  He used to work for AOL but left at least partly because the Huffington Post was bought out by AOL.  He's previously written for Townhall.com and Human Events.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump says he'll reveal ‘interesting things’ on Obama  —  (CNN) - Possibly-serious Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is giving few details about the investigation he claims to have launched in Hawaii to get to the bottom of where President Obama was born …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Republican in deficit talks rules out significant tax increases  —  Republican senators trying to hash out a bipartisan deal to reduce the deficit will refuse any significant tax hikes, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Thursday.  —  Coburn, one of six senators involved in behind …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Post and AmSpecBlog
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Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
‘Glenn Beck Threw Me Under the Bus’: Breakfast with Andrew Breitbart
Discussion: Wonkette and Mediaite
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa professor's response to GOP prompts outrage  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa— A University of Iowa professor who studies same-sex relationships was so upset by an email from a campus Republican group promoting “Conservative Coming Out Week” that she fired off a vulgarity aimed at all Republicans …
Discussion: RedState and AmSpecBlog
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Former NM Gov. Gary Johnson launches presidential bid  —  Calling for a “reassessment of American government,” former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (R) launched his 2012 bid for president Thursday on the steps of the New Hampshire state capitol.  —  In an email to supporters sent …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
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David Weigel / Slate:   America's Next Top Libertarian
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
E.J. Dionne Jr.  —  What history will apply to the 2012 election?  —  Handicapping an election 19 months away seems relevant only to political junkies except for this: Expectations, as shrewd investors know, affect actions.  —  The Republican presidential field might be more formidable if President Obama were less strongly favored.
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Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: “Seniors will have to find $12,500 for health care because Republicans voted to end Medicare.”  —  The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!  Democrats say Republicans voted to end Medicare and charge seniors $12,000
 
 
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Bob Sechler / Wall Street Journal:
GE's Profit Jumps 77%
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Invitation to Israeli Leader Puts Obama on the Spot
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump expresses affection for Reid as he seeks to soothe conservatives
Jason Hancock / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri House votes to ban Sharia law
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
How Not to Plan for the Future  —  The agreement between Congress …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Energy saving light bulbs ‘contain cancer causing chemicals’
Discussion: Althouse and Verum Serum
The Hill:
Divided government hits K Street
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Poll: 70% Of Tea Partiers Oppose Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid