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3:20 PM ET, February 28, 2011

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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP spending plan would cost 700,000 jobs, new report says  —  A Republican plan to sharply cut federal spending this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to an independent economic analysis set for release Monday.  —  The report, by Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi …
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New York Times:
Obama Supports Easing Health Law Mandates for States  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to appease disgruntled governors, President Obama announced Monday that he supported amending the 2010 health care law to allow states to opt out of its most burdensome requirements three years earlier than currently permitted.
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Ezra Klein:
White House comes out for Wyden-Brown state waiver program
The White House:
FACT SHEET: The Affordable Care Act: Supporting Innovation, Empowering States
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Obama to Governors: Don't Vilify Public Workers  —  Addressing governors from around the country at the White House this morning, President Obama dedicated a moment of his speech to warning them not to vilify public workers.  —  “I believe that everybody should be prepared to give up something …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Sen. Graham: Republicans waiting for 2016 should run in 2012
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 …
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Charlie Sykes / 620wtmj.com:
GORDON HINTZ: “YOU ARE F'N DEAD!”  —  Last week, we heard thatState Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) had been busted in a prostitution sting. … Last Friday.... after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: “You are F***king dead!”
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Obama gives props to Romney on health care  —  (CNN) - In a moment that Mitt Romney's future GOP opponents couldn't have scripted better themselves, President Obama Monday issued a full-throated embrace of the former Massachusetts governor's stance on health care.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama talks up ‘RomneyCare’ amid GOP criticism of plan
Discussion: GOP 12 and Weasel Zippers
Mj Lee / The Politico:   Romney gets a nod from Obama
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.
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Paris Hilton Of Newspapers Sees What He Expects To See  —  Unsurprisingly, it turns out that Keith Olberman is a very good blogger.  (If you haven't seen his new blog, check it out.)  Today's post about the NY Times heir Sulzberger making an epic mistake is well worth reading:
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Hatch: Health law a ‘dumbass’ program  —  GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) reporteldy directed a string of profane insults toward President Obama's healthcare law in a speech late last week.  —  During at an appearance at an event sponsored by the Utah State University College Republicans …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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USU Statesman:   Sen. Hatch says USU receives most federal dollars per capita
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 …
ABCNEWS:
‘My People Love Me’: Moammar Gadhafi Tells ABC He Cannot Step Down  —  Christiane Amanpour Sits Down for an Interview With Libya's Embattled Leader  —  REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK BY CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR  —  I interviewed Col. Moammar Gadhafi this morning, when he told me he cannot step …
David Bailey / Reuters:
Wisconsin's Walker to absent Democrats: 24 hours to return  —  (Reuters) - Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker said on Monday that absent senate Democrats have 24 hours to return and vote on a measure to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state will miss out on opportunity to refinance its debt.
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 …
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 …
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Madoff Tapes  —  One evening, my home phone rang.  “You have a collect call from Bernard Madoff, an inmate at a federal prison,” a recording announced.  And there he was.  —  Bernard L. Madoff is in therapy.  Each week, he waits for the signal that prisoners are allowed to leave their housing units …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel  —  It was the best fake Twitter account ever, deftly satirizing Rahm Emanuel, and elevating the Tweet and the f-word to the level of literature.  But the mystery writer was never revealed - until now.  —  There were many storylines in Rahm Emanuel's romp …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Poynter
Robert Barro / Wall Street Journal:
Unions vs. the Right to Work  —  Collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty.  —  How ironic that Wisconsin has become ground zero for the battle between taxpayers and public- employee labor unions.
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Goddangit, Baby, We're Making Good Time  —  With a new master plan for the GOP, Karl Rove is revving up for a comeback.  —  Karl Rove is driving through Central Texas with his girlfriend, on the way to a weekend quail hunt.  —  “I've been called up by my emergency Texas militia unit …
DealBook:
Salon.com Sale Talks Collapse  —  Merger talks between Salon.com, a pioneer in online news and opinion, and Newser.com, a news aggregation Web site founded by journalist Michael Wolff, have collapsed, according to people involved in the talks.  —  Salon.com, which had quietly put itself …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Former GOP Sen. Bennett: Reagan Held Views That Were ‘Absolutely Anathema’ To The Tea Party  —  Former GOP Sen. Bob Bennett (UT), who lost his seat to a far-right primary challenger after holding it for over a decade, slammed the tea party in an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Friday.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Great Morning - MoveOn Confirms Paltry Protest Numbers And Village Voice Messes Up  —  On Saturday I documented the paltry turnout at MoveOn.org and union rallies around the country (other than Madison, which did have a good turnout).  —  In The Village Voice this morning …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and AlterNet.org
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Pelosi splits with Reid, dismisses GOP plan to avoid a shutdown  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is showing no enthusiasm for the new proposal from Republicans to avoid a government shutdown, putting her at odds with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
 
 
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Medicaid Costs Are Too Damn High.
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Bachmann to Headline N.H. Fund-Raiser
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Robert Tracinski / Real Clear Politics:
Public Unions & the Socialist Utopia
Discussion: JSOnline
Henry / Crooked Timber:
The Intellectual Field … Arthur Goldhammer
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Niall Ferguson / The Daily Beast:
Un-American Revolutions  —  Most rebellions end in carnage and tyranny.
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Gov.'s memories of King may be inaccurate
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The Dual Oil Threats
Discussion: New York Times
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Demonstrators Can Continue Overnight Stays in Wisconsin Capitol