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7:55 AM ET, February 26, 2011

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Mind Stain:
Scott Walker Asked to Leave Local Restaurant  —  Come looking for an article about Scott Walker being booted from a Madison restaurant?  Yes, you came to the right place, but at the request of the restaurant owner due to abusive phone calls, the article has been hidden for the time being.
Discussion: American Power
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Swopa / Firedoglake:
Late Night: You'll Never Eat Dinner in This Town Again  —  Sometimes, it's good to leave detached, cerebral meta-analyses of politics aside and just get a taste of public opinion being expressed the old-fashioned way.  —  Wisconsin blogger Naomi Houser reports tonight (via Howie Klein on Twitter):
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 …
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The Hill:
Libyan turmoil, $100 per barrel oil fuels Republican drilling push  —  The Libyan uprising and triple-digit oil prices are reinvigorating GOP-led attacks on White House offshore drilling policies — a collision that will burst into public view next week on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Reuters and Prairie Weather
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
We Choose Consultations  —  In Libya, Obama strikes (not) again.
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 …
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.
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Shutdown talk softens as GOP details plans for $4 billion in cuts
Discussion: 2chambers and CNN
appropriations.house.gov:
Continuing Resolution Unveiled Today Will Continue Government Operations, Cut Spending
Discussion: National Review and Open Congress
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why the GOP shouldn't fear a government shutdown
Discussion: sisu, Cold Fury and Hot Air
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Governors meeting to stress China ties  —  The nation's governors will have an unusual host for their winter meeting in the nation's capital this weekend: China.  —  The National Governors Association meeting will set the stage for the first structured exchange among participants in a newly created U.S.-China Governors Forum.
Discussion: The Politico
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Perry reluctant to back Walker's plan
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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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Kathleen Parker leaving CNN's struggling ‘Parker Spitzer’
Discussion: Politics Daily
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
CNN Reformats ‘Parker Spitzer’ Without Kathleen Parker
Discussion: Mediaite, Parker Spitzer and Hot Air
Political Punch:
First Openly Gay Man Chosen as the New White House Social Secretary  —  ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports:  —  In a job typically filled by a woman, the White House has chosen the first-ever man to be the next White House Social Secretary.  —  Jeremy Bernard, who is openly gay …
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Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
Jeremy Bernard: A historic choice for White House social secretary
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.
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan  —  WEST POINT, N.Y. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the chances of carrying …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
MORE UNION THUGGERY... Violent Leftists Threaten Citizen Journalist “A$$hole White Boy” “I'm Gonna Hit Your Head” (Video)  —  It's been at least 8 hours since I posted the last leftist assault video.  So here's the latest display of leftist tolerance...  Enlightened St. Louis leftists threatened …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Walter Brooks / Providence Journal:
Scott Brown's Falling Star  —  Cape Codders were saddened last week by Sen. Scott Brown's (R.-Mass.) claim that he was molested at a local summer camp.  Camp Good News, in the Forestdale section of Sandwich, has confirmed that Brown attended the camp and has reached out to the senator repeatedly …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DSCC attacks Brown on abuse revelation
New York Times:
Baseball Gave $25 Million Lifeline to Mets  —  Major League Baseball provided $25 million to the owners of the Mets as they struggled to deal with a cash shortfall last fall and a looming lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of Bernard L. Madoff's vast Ponzi scheme …
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.
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 …
CNBC:
Economy Slows on Cuts From State and Local Governments  —  Deeper spending cuts by state and local governments slowed U.S. economic growth in the final three months of last year.  The government's revised estimate for the October-December quarter illustrates how growing state budget crises could hold back the economic recovery.
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 …
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
All Providence, R.I., teachers to get termination letters
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Paul Krugman's Third World fantasy
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
46% View Unionized Teachers As a Bad Thing, 37% Disagree
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nice Deb:
Video: Pandemonium As WI Assembly passes budget-repair Bill
Discussion: Doug Ross, Hot Air and AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Congressman who donned tiger costume files for re-election
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
23 killed in Iraq's ‘Day of Rage’ protests
David Leonhardt / Economix:
College Costs Aren't the Main Problem
Discussion: Ezra Klein
 Earlier Items: 
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Army: Gen. Caldwell's Accuser Had No Psy-Ops Training
Discussion: SWJ Blog
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Geithner: Shutdown could slow recovery …
Discussion: News Desk and Los Angeles Times
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Florida's Scott Defends Rejection of Rail Funds as LaHood Cries ‘Baloney’
Discussion: Wonk Room and Naked Politics
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Editor: Cal Thomas column ‘essentially plagiarized’ from NYT
Discussion: Salon
Myglesias / Yglesias:
How To Run America Like a Business: Get Rid Of All The Old People
Mzielinska / CBS New York:
Rep. Anthony Weiner Wants ‘Sexist’ Queens Statue Removed