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11:30 AM ET, February 28, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Paul Courson / CNN:   Last U.S. World War I veteran dies
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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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.
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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
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.
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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.”
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Mark A. Kellner / Washington Times:   Boehner rips bid to regulate Internet
Tennessean.com:
House speaker urges spending cuts before nation goes broke
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, Guardian and Raw Replay
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Obama Set to Ease Health Law Requirements  —  Seeking to appease disgruntled governors, President Obama plans to announce on Monday that he supports amending the 2010 health care law to allow states to opt out of its most burdensome requirements three years earlier than currently permitted.
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
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
The World from The Hill: Muted outcry in Washington after deadly pirate attack  —  Battling pirates was high on the agenda last Congress as seafaring Somali criminals haunted the shipping industry.  But the outcry in Washington has been noticeably muted after Somali captors killed four Americans last week.
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.
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.
Ed Tibbetts / Quad City Times:
Huckabee talks book, politics at Davenport event  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee defended his methodical approach to deciding whether to launch a 2012 presidential bid as he set out on a two-day book-signing tour of Iowa on Sunday.  —  Greeted by a long line of people at the Sam's Club …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
Washington Post:
Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle: Government workers vs. taxpayers  —  COLUMBUS, OHIO - Across Ohio last week, the legislative push to restrict the union rights of government workers was greeted again and again by noisy protests.  —  But in this state dotted …
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Fix's best state-based political Tweeters  —  View Best Political Tweets in a full screen map  —  Ever wonder who you should follow on Twitter if you care about politics in Indiana?  Or Wyoming?  Or Maine?  —  Us too!  (Nerds unite!)  —  And so, with your help …
Discussion: WPRI.com Blogs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Anonymous’ takes down Americans for Prosperity website  —  The online activist group “anonymous,” which has used coordinated denial of service attacks — a crude but effective Internet weapon — to temporary disable sites belonging to foes ranging from Scientology to WikiLeaks foes …
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 …
John / Power Line:
The Teddy Files: Even Worse Than You Thought!  —  After repeated attempts, Judicial Watch has managed to pry loose certain documents relating to Teddy Kennedy from the FBI.  The FBI's original redactions plainly had nothing to do with national security, so the agency apparently was trying to protect Kennedy's reputation.
 
 
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Senators to Debate Patent Bill
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Laura Donnelly / Telegraph:
Abortion is safer than having a baby, doctors say
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Leaving Children Behind
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama has few options to aid strapped states
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Thomas Ferdousi / Pundit Press:
NY Teachers Union Calls for Members to ‘Agitate’
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Blue State Dems Turn on State, Local Workers
Clarion-Ledger:
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Poll: Palin's numbers slip in Iowa
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
White House Sweats, and He's the Cause
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Nolan Finley / Detroit News:
AWOL Dems defy ballot box
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Voting for the national interest, not self-interest
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Who invited Peter Yarrow to the Wisconsin protests?  And why was he the only entertainer on the bill?
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Defiant Clarence Thomas fires back
Discussion: Wonk Room, SCOTUSblog and The Note