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10:00 AM ET, February 28, 2011


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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: On shutdown, more voters would blame Dems  —  Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.  —  The results are surprising …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Republicans win round one of budget fight
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Guardian
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Deal on Spending Cuts Would Defer Tougher Decisions
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Home News  —  The Dish is moving!  In April, we'll be joining The Daily Beast.  —  For me, it's a strange mixture of excitement and sadness.  Sadness because the Atlantic has been a very special home for me and all the interns and staffers who have worked at the Dish.
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Sullivan Joins The Daily Beast!  —  In exciting news for the two-year-old Daily Beast, the blogging trailblazer is moving his influential Daily Dish to our site.  His blog will occupy a new channel starting in early April, and he will become a Newsweek contributor.
Dennis McLellan / Los Angeles Times:
Frank Buckles, last American veteran of World War I, dies at 110  —  Frank Buckles, one of more than 4 million Americans to serve in World War I, drove ambulances in France and was later a civilian prisoner of war during Japan's invasion of the Philippines in WWII.
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Last U.S. World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110  —  Frank W. Buckles died early Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused.  —  In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Demonstrators Can Continue Overnight Stays in Wisconsin Capitol  —  MADISON, Wis. — In a victory — at least a symbolic one — for Wisconsin's public employee unions, the Capitol authorities announced on Sunday that demonstrators could continue their all-night sleepovers in the building and would not be forcibly ejected or arrested.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP reality check: Obama looking tougher to beat in 2012  —  Just four months after posting historic election gains, Republicans are experiencing a reality check about 2012: President Barack Obama is going to be a lot tougher to defeat than he looked late last year.
Discussion: Jay Bookman
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:   Goddangit, Baby, We're Making Good Time
The Note:
Politics at the Oscars — Union Support  —  ABC News' Chris Marderosian reports:  —  At the Academy Awards tonight, best cinematography winner Wally Pfister made a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on “Inception.”  —  Backstage he went further …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Speaker Boehner tells Brody File President Obama's DOMA Decision is “Raw Politics”  —  Speaker of the House John Boehner says President Obama's decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court strikes him as “raw politics” and says Obama is “pandering to the other side on this issue.”
Discussion: The Hill and AMERICAblog Gay
Mark A. Kellner / Washington Times:   Boehner rips bid to regulate Internet
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
Limit Pay, Not Unions  —  IN Ohio, Wisconsin and other states facing budget deficits, some elected officials assert that closing those gaps requires achieving labor savings and weakening labor unions.  They are half-right.  —  Across the country, taxpayers are providing pensions …
Becky Schlikerman / Chicago Breaking News:
Farrakhan: Mideast uprisings will come to US  —  Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan predicted on Sunday that America faces imminent uprisings that mirror those in the Middle East.  —  “What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt ... Libya, in Bahrain ... what you see happening there …
Rachel Maddow /
Transcript of: Walker, McCain, roundtable  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, revolution in the Middle East and the showdown at home over red ink in Washington and in states like Wisconsin .  Mounting leadership tests for President Obama as the battle lines of the 2012 campaign come into sharper view.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Dual Oil Threats  —  When people talk about the risk posed to the economy by oil price spikes it's worth keeping in mind the fact that there are really two separate threats here.  —  One is that expensive oil is a negative “real” shock to the American economy.
Discussion: New York Times
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
White House Sweats, and He's the Cause  —  WASHINGTON — Michael Strautmanis had no sooner started his White House job as a deputy assistant to the president when his boss began badgering him.  —  “Am I working out?  Am I eating right?”  Mr. Strautmanis recalled President Obama asking.
Discussion: Marbury
Fire Andrea Mitchell!:
Fox News Mike Tobin hit by union thugs at Wisconsin capitol Madison - later union goons even threaten to break Tobin's Neck  —  The civility and “toned down rhetoric” of the progressive liberal left continues.  Aren't you glad all those Congressmen/women state together during the State of the Union address?
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: Palin's numbers slip in Iowa  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still popular among Iowa Republicans, but a new poll shows her favorability ratings headed in the wrong direction as a potential 2012 campaign approaches.  —  Palin's favorables are now at 65 percent among Republican voters …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
The Only Chart You Need To See To Understand Why The US Is Screwed  —  We're still working our way through Kleiner Perkins' partner Mary Meeker's excellent analysis of the financial condition of the United States.  —  We'll be breaking out some key sections in the next few days.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Herman Cain wins Tea Party presidential live straw poll at Phoenix summit  —  Phoenix (CNN) - Which Republican should become the next president?  Herman Cain, according to a number of Tea Party activists gathered at a weekend summit in Phoenix.  —  Cain, a conservative talk show host …
Herman Cain wins Tea Party straw poll
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue State Dems Turn on State, Local Workers
John / Power Line:
The Teddy Files: Even Worse Than You Thought!
Gov.'s memories of King may be inaccurate
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Budget stalemate as strong as ever
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Ex-Dallas mayor Tom Leppert faces tough odds in U.S. Senate run
Discussion: Ballot Box and Off the Kuff
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Patrick: Not everybody wants to be president
Discussion: Boston Globe
Washington Post:
Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle: Government workers vs. taxpayers
Discussion: RedState
Nolan Finley / Detroit News:
AWOL Dems defy ballot box
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Voting for the national interest, not self-interest
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Defiant Clarence Thomas fires back
Discussion: The Note
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Anonymous’ takes down Americans for Prosperity website
Discussion: The Nation and The Raw Story
Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Gates's warning: Avoid land war in Asia, Middle East, and Africa
Discussion: The Moderate Voice