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3:55 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 …
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 …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Witnesses: Republican Laughed When Asked 'Who's Gonna Shoot Obama?'  —  Witnesses tell TPM that Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) laughed when an elderly man at his town hall meeting this week asked “Who's gonna shoot Obama?”  —  Mark Farmer of Winterville, Georgia went to the meeting on Tuesday to ask …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Here's the latest evidence that nothing has changed in post-Tucson America...”
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:   Talk about lack of civility.  Georgia Rep. Paul Broun …
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Town hall question: “Who's going to shoot Obama?”
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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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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Rubicon: A river in Wisconsin
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
If it comes to a shutdown, the GOP should stick to its principles
Discussion: The Note, CNN, Fact Checker and FrumForum
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.
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The White House Gets Its First Male Social Secretary
Discussion: National Review
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
The new White House social secretary is Jeremy Bernard …
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 …
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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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Reformats ‘Parker Spitzer’ Without Kathleen Parker  —  Updated CNN is reformatting “Parker Spitzer” as an ensemble program with Eliot Spitzer — and without Kathleen Parker, who has been his co-host for the last four months.  —  Effective Monday, the program will be renamed “In The Arena …
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James Pethokoukis:
Why a U.S. government shutdown is worth it
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
It's What Happens When an Unstoppable Force Hits a Malleable Object
Discussion: UNCOVERAGE.net
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 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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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?
Annalyn Censky / CNNMoney.com:
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 …
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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 …
National Review:
Koch Executives Speak Out on Wisconsin  —  Madison, Wis. — Earlier this week, a blogger impersonating industrialist David Koch spoke with Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who is attempting to pass a budget-repair bill.  The conversation between Walker and the poseur, which was recorded …
 
 
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