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2:55 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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Hate-a-rama: The vulgar, racist, sexist, homophobic rage of the Left
Discussion: UNCOVERAGE.net
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Town hall question: “Who's going to shoot Obama?”
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:   Talk about lack of civility.  Georgia Rep. Paul Broun …
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 …
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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) …
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
If it comes to a shutdown, the GOP should stick to its principles
Discussion: CNN, The Note, 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
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and TechCrunch
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:   Politics Aren't the Problem  —  TechCrunch's Sarah Lacy asks …
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 …
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James Pethokoukis:
Why a U.S. government shutdown is worth it
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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John / Power Line:
No Retreat, No Surrender
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.
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 …
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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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?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Turning Tides  —  It may be that high water-mark of the GOP tide has been reached in Wisconsin: … Increasingly, it seems to me, Scott Walker's political gamesmanship is discrediting the vital cause of tackling deficits and debt in the states.  It's a classic case of over-reach.
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 …
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Does Donald Trump Have a Flesh-Pressing Problem?  —  Not everyone is as sterile as Miss USA.  —  Fresh off the heels off a somewhat unbelievable poll that shows him trailing President Obama by a mere two points in a head-to-head matchup, Donald Trump has told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough …
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
New Study Shows That Offshore Drilling Could Make Alaska the Eighth Largest Oil Producer in the World - Ahead of Libya and Nigeria  —  (CNSNews.com) - A new study says drilling on Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) could make Alaska the eighth largest oil resource province in the world — ahead of Nigeria, Libya, Russia and Norway.
Discussion: protein wisdom and Moonbattery
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Mississippi Rates as the Most Conservative U.S. State  —  Vermont, Rhode Island, District of Columbia have highest percentages of liberals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mississippi is home to the largest percentage of conservatives among U.S. states, with a slim majority identifying their political views as conservative.
Discussion: CNN, USA Today and Taegan Goddard's …
 
 
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