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5:00 PM ET, February 28, 2011

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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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Kevinliptak / CNN:
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.
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Romney gets a nod from Obama
Discussion: Right Turn and Wonkette
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama talks up ‘RomneyCare’ amid GOP criticism of plan
Discussion: GOP 12 and Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On call, officials stress public options in health care shift
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Weasel Zippers
First Read / msnbc.com:
Obama whacks Romney on health care — again
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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Pat Garofalo / Wonk Room:
Gov. Daniels Says Governments Should Slash Spending ‘Even If They End Up Seriously Costing A Lot Of Jobs’  —  When asked earlier this month about the job loss that would occur if the continuing resolution passed by House Republicans were actually implemented, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) replied “so be it.”
NPR:
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Is Tough On Budgets
Discussion: Firedoglake
ABCNEWS:
‘My People Love Me’: Moammar Gadhafi Denies Demonstrations Against Him Anywhere in Libya  —  U.S. Exclusive: Christiane Amanpour Sits Down for an Interview With Libya's Embattled Leader  —  REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK BY CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR  —  I interviewed Col. Moammar Gadhafi this evening …
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Julian E. Barnes / Wall Street Journal:   Pentagon Repositions Naval Forces Off Libya
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!”
USU Statesman:
Sen. Hatch says USU receives most federal dollars per capita  —  Young people will face a bleak future without Social Security benefits if Democrats continue to “overreach” their constitutional boundaries, said U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Friday, in the Education Building.
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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 …
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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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 …
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
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Kolbermann / FOK News Channel:
New York Times Punk'd By Anti-Union Plant (Updated)  —  Few news stories better spoke to the destruction of union solidarity and the realization that even those public employees collectively bargaining in Wisconsin were going to have to give something back, than the New York Times' piece …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Paris Hilton Of Newspapers Sees What He Expects To See
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
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 …
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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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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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Home News  —  The Dish is moving!  In April, we'll be joining The Daily Beast.
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 …
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.
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Wisconsin GOPers angered by Republican official's efforts to reach compromise with labor, Dems  —  Here's a pretty good indicator of just how resistant Republicans allied with Governor Scott Walker have become to reaching a compromise of any kind with labor and Dems to end the standoff …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Salon
 
 
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Clarion-Ledger:
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