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10:10 AM ET, February 25, 2011


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Blake Aued /
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Broun is asked who'll ‘shoot Obama’  —  A constituent at a town hall for Georgia Rep. Paul Broun drew laughter on Tuesday when asked, “Who is going to shoot Obama?” and the Republican didn't come anywhere near condemning the question in his response.  —  “The thing is, I know there's a lot …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Town hall question: “Who's going to shoot Obama?”
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
WI Assembly GOP Passes Walker Budget In Surprise Vote — Dems Chant “Shame!”  —  MADISON, WI — The Wisconsin State Assembly has just passed Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill, including its controversial provisions to eliminate almost all collective bargaining rights for public employee unions …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
LEFTIST GALLERY ERUPTS as Wisconsin GOP Assembly Passes Governor Walker's Budget Cut Bill (Video)  —  LEFTISTS ERUPT IN RAGE as the GOP majority passed Governor Walker's budget cut bill in the Wisconsin Assembly last night.  —  The far left politicians and supporters shouted “Shame!” and …
Budget-repair bill approved in early-morning vote  —  Marchers head down Kilbourn Ave. near 4th St. during a march to Milwaukee City Hall to protest Gov. Scott Walker???s budget-repair bill on Thursday.  The march was sponsored by AFT Local 212, SEIU, Milwaukee Area Labor Council …
Ronald Brownstein /
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) …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats eye the lockbox for Social Security, in Al Gore revival  —  Senate Democrats want to put the Social Security trust fund in a lockbox and insulate it from a broader budget-cutting package designed to reduce the national deficit.  —  It's a revival of the concept …
John / Power Line:
No Retreat, No Surrender  —  If you were concerned that Charles and David Koch, two of the very few billionaires who support the conservative/libertarian side of the political spectrum, might be frightened off by the vicious attacks that have been launched against them by the Left …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Issues Divide Republicans' Views of Potential 2012 Contenders  —  Government, economy most important issues; social issues, national security least  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Although Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin lead the field of potential Republican presidential candidates among …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Shock Doctrine, U.S.A.  —  Here's a thought: maybe Madison, Wis., isn't Cairo after all.  Maybe it's Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence.
New York Times:
U.S. Pulling Back in Afghan Valley It Called Vital to War  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — After years of fighting for control of a prominent valley in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the United States military has begun to pull back most of its forces from ground it once insisted …
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live Blog  —  As the uprising in Libya enters its eleventh day, we keep you updated on the developing situation from our headquarters in Doha, Qatar.  —  Blog: Feb17 - Feb18 - Feb19 - Feb20 - Feb21 - Feb22 - Feb23 - Feb24  —  AJE Live Stream - Special Coverage: Libya Uprising - Twitter Audio: Voices from Libya
Groups officially begin recall process for seven lawmakers  —  By Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  The clock is now running for groups trying to collect enough signatures to trigger recall elections against seven Democratic senators, state officials said today.
Really Bad Reporting in Wisconsin: Who ‘Contributes’ to Public Workers' Pensions?  —  When it comes to improving public understanding of tax policy, nothing has been more troubling than the deeply flawed coverage of the Wisconsin state employees' fight over collective bargaining.
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  New Soros investment fund, profiting off Obama's ‘green energy’ push, hires top Obama energy aide  —  George Soros — whom we're always told is not serving his own economic interests at all by promoting liberal politicians and big-government policies …
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Obama Official Leaves Energy Department for Soros Backed Cleantech Fund
David Brooks / New York Times:
Run Mitch, Run  —  On Feb. 11, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana met with a group of college students.  According to The Yale Daily News, he told them that there is an “excellent chance” he will not run for president.  Then he mounted the podium at the Conservative Political Action Conference …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Politics
Annalyn Censky /
GDP report: Economic growth revised sharply lower  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Budget cuts by state and local governments hurt the economy more than originally thought, according to a government release Friday.  —  Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity …
Discussion: TalkLeft
George Bennett / Post on Politics:
Gingrich says Florida home to four potential 2012 veeps  —  WEST PALM BEACH — Former House Speaker and potential 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, arriving at tonight's Palm Beach County GOP Lincoln Day dinner, says several Floridians could end up on the Republican presidential ballot next year.
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Pelosi edits honorary resolution...on Pelosi  —  The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday — but its praise wasn't good enough for the House minority leader.  —  When the DNC's Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi's years as speaker of the House …
Wall Street Journal:
Pressures Mount to Resume Drilling  —  WASHINGTON—Interior Secretary Ken Salazar plans to meet with oil industry executives in Houston Friday to assess the industry's readiness to handle a major offshore oil spill, amid growing pressure from congressional Republicans and a federal judge …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Russ Vought / Heritage Action for America:
After Action Report: HR 1  —  Last week, the House of Representatives passed a measure to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year and cut $61 billion in the process.  The bill was considered under an open amendment process, and there were hundreds of amendments offered and over a hundred votes cast over the span of a week.
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Adama D. Brown /
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Ezra Klein:
Unemployed public workers are bad for the economy
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