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8:20 PM ET, March 1, 2011

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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Huckabee: Obama Grew Up “In Kenya”  —  During a radio appearance yesterday, Mike Huckabee repeatedly falsely claimed that President Obama grew up in Kenya.  After questioning Obama's purported secrecy about the birth certificate, radio host Steve Malzberg asked Huckabee if “we deserve to know more about this man.”
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huckabee Questions Obama Birth Certificate  —  Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, said on Monday that he would “love to know more” about where President Obama was born and claimed — falsely — that Mr. Obama was raised in Kenya.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Mediaite and Swampland
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Huckabee didn't mean it  —  Mike Huckabee, who has never indulged paranoia about Obama's birth — and who has generally chided vitriolic attacks on the president and First Lady — pretty clearly misspoke in a radio interview today, prompting a boomlet of outrage.  —  Says his spokesman Hogan Gidley to POLITICO:
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Huckabee claims inaccurately that Obama was raised in Kenya
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huckabee: Obama grew up in Kenya
Discussion: Politics Daily, CNN and ABCNEWS
The Note:
Mike Huckabee Falsely Suggests Obama Grew Up In Kenya
Discussion: Swampland and George's Bottom Line
Andy Barr / The Politico:
He's no birther, but Huck claims Obama raised in Kenya
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mike Huckabee is Not a Birther
Discussion: The Politico
ThinkProgress:
Religious Coalition Tells The GOP That 'The Budget Shouldn't Be Balanced On the Backs Of The Poor'  —  In an address at the National Association of Religious Broadcasters Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made a moral case for the deep cuts passed by House Republicans, saying, “[i] …
Discussion: Cubachi, Don Surber and CNN
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Jumps In: First 2012 GOP Candidate  —  Sources: Former House Speaker Will form 2012 Exploratory Comm.  —  The 2012 presidential campaign is about to get its first big-name Republican.  —  ABC News has learned that Newt Gingrich will make the leap this week.
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
In boost for GOP plan, Fed chief says cuts won't derail recovery  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says a plan from House Republicans to cut $61 billion in spending this year would not harm economic growth.  —  The GOP's proposed spending cuts, passed as part of a continuing resolution …
The Huffington Post:
White House And House GOP At Odds Over Additional Two Weeks In Funding Measure
Discussion: Swampland, PostPartisan and Hullabaloo
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Approves Budget Measure to Avert Shutdown
Discussion: Booman Tribune
The Hill:
Despite steep cuts, Reid says Senate Dems will pass House GOP plan
Discussion: FrumForum
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway  —  The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, more than 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development.  —  These are a few of the findings in a massive study of overlapping …
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Ezra Klein:
What the GAO thinks we can do without
Discussion: Mother Jones
Bob Woodward / Foreign Policy:
How Rumsfeld misleads and ducks responsibility in his new book  —  Few people know the ins and outs of the Bush Administration as well as the Washington Post's Bob Woodward, who is flat-out disgusted with the evasions and elisions in Donald Rumsfeld's new book.  Here he explains why:  —  By Bob Woodward
New York Times:
Ohio Set to Vote on Union Rights  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican State Senators on Tuesday unveiled a new version of a bill governing public employee unions, saying the legislation would preserve the right of workers to bargain collectively, but Democratic lawmakers said it did not appear …
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JSOnline:
Budget cuts would touch most Wisconsinites
Discussion: First Draft and AOL News
The Politico:
Darrell Issa fires press secretary Kurt Bardella in New York Times e-mail flap  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) fired Kurt Bardella, one of Capitol Hill's top press secretaries, after he provided e-mailed correspondence with other journalists to New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Assange Complains of Jewish Smear Campaign  —  LONDON — The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, suggested in comments published on Tuesday that British journalists, including the editor of The Guardian newspaper, were engaged in a Jewish-led conspiracy to smear his organization.
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Sunny Hundal / Liberal Conspiracy:
Assange goes off deep end - blaming Jews and Guardian in Private Eye  —  This is published in the latest edition of Private Eye (buy a copy!).  —  The article is titled, ‘A Curious Conversation With Mr Assange’ - and it is the phone version of a horrible car crash.  (hat-tip @jamesrbuk)
Maggie / NOM Blog:
Breaking News: Sarah Palin Denounces Obama's DOMA decision (to NOM)  —  In response to a question from me, Sarah Palin offered this exclusive response to President Obama's DOMA decision: … Please cite www.nationformarriage.org as the source for this statement from Sarah.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dodd said last year he would not lobby  —  Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D) on Monday took the type of job he said last year he would not accept.  —  Dodd accepted the chairmanship of the Motion Picture Association of America — Hollywood's top lobbyist — on Monday.
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Gawker
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Wall Street Journal:
A Union Education  —  What Wisconsin reveals about public workers and political power.  —  The raucous Wisconsin debate over collective bargaining may be ugly at times, but it has been worth it for the splendid public education.  For the first time in decades, Americans have been asked …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin closely divided, but against Walker  —  There are two conclusions we can make from our poll on the Wisconsin conflict: the state is very closely divided, but it leans slightly to the union side of things rather than Scott Walker's on pretty much every question we asked.
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Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin Governor Seeks $4.2 Billion in Cuts
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Exclusive: AWOL Democrats Experiencing ‘Dissension in the Ranks’  —  Fox Nation has learned exclusively from a highly placed source within Wisconsin state politics that the fourteen AWOL Democrats are experiencing “dissension in the ranks.”  State Sen. Julie Lassa (D) is pregnant and “extremely unhappy” about being on the run.
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Fox News reporter appears to have lied about being ‘punched’ by protester  —  Fox News has been making a lot of hay about one of their reporters allegedly being “punched” by a protester in Madison, Wisconsin.  —  Turns out, that didn't happen.  —  Mike Tobin, reporting from amid …
WMUR:
Bill Would Make Some Airport Screening Sexual Assault  —  Those Convicted Would Be Tier III Sex Offenders  —  CONCORD, N.H. — A House committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would make it a sexual assault for an airport screener to touch or view a person's breast or genitals without probable cause.
John Cook / New York Observer:
Was a Vanity Fair Editor Secretly Working for the Church of Scientology?  —  Gawker.com, where the author is employed as a staff writer, declined to publish this story.  —  Did the Church of Scientology use a Vanity Fair contributing editor to infiltrate and gather intelligence on the cult's enemies in the media?
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rep. Holt beats Watson the super-computer at ‘Jeopardy!’  —  There are a lot of smart people on Capitol Hill.  But none of them can claim quite the same brainy bragging rights as Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.).  —  On Monday, Holt beat IBM's super-computer, known as Watson, at a round of “Jeopardy! …
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Rick Scott sued by Senators Joyner, Altman in Florida Supreme Court  —  Two Florida senators just sued Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida Supreme Court to stop him from killing a Tampa-Orlando bullet train.  —  Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, and Republican Thad Altman of Melbourne said Scott …
New York Times:
Libyan Rebels, Invoking U.N., May Ask West for Airstrikes  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — In a sign of mounting frustration among rebel leaders at Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi's diminished but unyielding grip on power, the revolutionary council here is debating whether to ask for Western airstrikes …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
ANSWER THIS: ANDREW SULLIVAN  —  Andrew Sullivan has achieved the hat trick of Washington journalism: author, editor, blogger.  And he's adding another item to his long and diverse résumé, announcing this week that he's leaving The Atlantic and taking his blog to the new Daily Beast/Newsweek venture in April.
 
 
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Chris Kahn / Associated Press:
Oil prices jump on Middle East, Bernanke comments
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Dana Goldstein:
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William Gibson / Sun-Sentinel:
Allen West calls Wisconsin senators “cowards”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Cubachi
Greg Bump / WisPolitics Budget Blog:
Mahoney: Officers aren't the “palace guard”
Discussion: TPMDC and AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bobby Jindal offers GOP candidates advice on 2012
Discussion: GOP 12, FrumForum and The Politico
Washington Post:
African Americans respond to Obama's shift on DOMA
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