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7:35 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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Here's the latest evidence that nothing has changed in post-Tucson America...”
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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Paul Bedard / US News:
Newt Gingrich: Obama Could Be Impeached Over Gay Marriage Reversal  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who plans within two weeks to announce if he will run for president, said today that if President Obama doesn't change his mind and order his Justice Department to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act …
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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The Note:
Shutdown Showdown: Stalemate Thaws As Democrats “Encouraged” By New GOP Proposal  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson & Matthew Jaffe report:  —  The prospect of a government shutdown one week from today appeared to become less likely Friday as Republicans unveiled a new short-term spending proposal that earned praise from Democrats.
Discussion: National Review
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why the GOP shouldn't fear a government shutdown
Discussion: Cold Fury
The Note:
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: Gov't Shutdown “Not Acceptable or Responsible”
Discussion: TPMDC
Erick Erickson / RedState:
It's What Happens When an Unstoppable Force Hits a Malleable Object
Discussion: UNCOVERAGE.net
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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David Weigel / Weigel:
Where Are the Thugs?  —  MADISON, Wisc.  — Michelle Malkin promises to do “the reporting the Tea Party-bashing national media won't do on the rabid outbreak of progressive incivility and violence at Big Labor protests across the country.”  Sounds promising!  But here's what she delivers.
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Michelle Malkin:
Hate-a-rama: The vulgar, racist, sexist, homophobic rage of the Left
Remy Stern / Gawker:
The Craigslist Congressman and the Crossdressing Prostitute  —  Chris Lee's resignation from the House on Feb. 9 may be the quickest political downfall in history: It came just three hours after Gawker published a photo of Lee standing in the mirror shirtless, along with a story …
Denver Post:
Bush cancels Denver trip in dispute with Wikileaks founder  —  Former President George W. Bush has canceled his planned Saturday visit to Denver after learning that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would be speaking at the same conference he was to attend.  —  “Six months ago …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
George W. Bush skips conference over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Discussion: CNN
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.
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Brad Reed / Crooks and Liars:
Teabags and Sympathy  —  So the New York Times posted …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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 …
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.
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
appropriations.house.gov:
Continuing Resolution Unveiled Today Will Continue Government Operations, Cut Spending  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Appropriations Committee today unveiled a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide funds to keep the government operating over the next two weeks until a compromise can be reached on a year-long funding bill.
Discussion: National Review
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Shutdown talk softens as GOP details plans for $4 billion in cuts
Discussion: CNN
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.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Is Barack Obama Secretly Swiss? … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Fighting Words … - What It's Like To Spend the Night With the Village of Protesters in Wisconsin's Capitol- The MPAA Ratings System Is Much Harsher on Independent Films Than on Studio Films- Slate Readers Hate Their iPads …
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Southern Poverty Law Center lists anti-Islamic NYC blogger Pamela Geller, followers a hate group  —  Manhattan blogger Pamela Geller and her posse of anti-Islamic protesters have been branded a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  —  Stop the Islamization of America was included …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Public employees not such an easy scapegoat after all  —  As the Wisconsin standoff continues, it's worth stepping back and considering an underappreciated but heartening aspect of this whole affair: Public employees are turning out to be far harder to scapegoat in the public mind than many predicted.
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 …
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?
 
 
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Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Army: Gen. Caldwell's Accuser Had No Psy-Ops Training
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Ezra Klein:
How Medicare — and health-care reform — help with ‘job-lock’
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Florida's Scott Defends Rejection of Rail Funds as LaHood Cries ‘Baloney’
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Gates Warns Against Any More Wars Like Iraq or Afghanistan
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
New Senators' Goals May Be Shaped by Their Styles
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin Assemblyman: Republicans Ran Out of Capitol Last Night After Voting
Discussion: AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Editor: Cal Thomas column ‘essentially plagiarized’ from NYT
Discussion: Salon
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Fox News' Shep Smith: Wisconsin Is All About Union-Busting (VIDEO)
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The DOJ's creeping war on whistle-blowers
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
New Study Shows That Offshore Drilling Could Make Alaska the Eighth Largest Oil Producer …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mississippi Rates as the Most Conservative U.S. State
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.