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10:05 AM ET, March 2, 2011


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Phil / Dane101:
Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman chased, trapped by hecklers, saved by Dem.  Rep. Hulsey  —  Phil Ejercito is a 29 year old freelance photographer based in Madison, WI.  His primary photographic services include (but are by no means limited to) live music, event coverage, politics and activism …
Michelle Malkin:
Mob rule video: Unhinged crowd corners Wisconsin GOP senator shouting “F**k you,” “Shame!”  ; Update: A Fleebagger returns?  ; Plus: Sen. Grothman speaks  —  Scroll for updates...  I got bad chills up and down my spine watching this group of crazed, pro-union Madison thugs gang …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Wisconsin Dem intervenes to protect GOP senator threatened by mob  —  You have to see it to believe it.  The clip is long and the key moment doesn't come until 2:50 in, but you won't be able to look away.  The savior here, in the orange union t-shirt and sportsjacket …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman Mobbed at Wisconsin Capitol (Video)  —  Breaking Report: Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothman was just mobbed by a group of union thugs.  —  Republican youth leader Josiah Cantrall reported that the Republican Senator was mobbed by union thugs as he approached the capitol today.
Vital Signs: Crowd chases Sen. Grothman around Capitol  —  Dozens of protesters, some shouting “Shame!  Shame!  Shame,” chased Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, around the Capitol Tuesday evening as he banged in vain on closed windows and locked entrances trying to get in.
Discussion: JSOnline, AMERICAblog News and Shows
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.”
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huckabee says he misspoke in radio interview
Discussion: Huck PAC and CNN
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Huckagaffe  —  He's now withdrawn the statement that Obama grew …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mike Huckabee is Not a Birther
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Obama's 'Where's Waldo?' presidency  —  For a man who won office talking about change we can believe in, Barack Obama can be a strangely passive president.  There are a startling number of occasions in which the president has been missing in action - unwilling, reluctant or late to weigh in on the issue of the moment.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conceding defeat this time, Senate Dems pledge to win next round  —  Senate Democrats conceded Tuesday that House Republicans won round one of the budget fight, but they are vowing a bigger battle later this month.  —  Anticipating that showdown, Senate Democratic leaders are scrambling …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Late 2012 GOP start a boon for Obama  —  Hey, Newt, what's the rush?  —  That's what senior Democrats and White House officials enjoying the time off between campaigns are saying as former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) readies an announcement he is forming an exploratory committee for a White House run.
Mark Mellman / The Hill:
OPINION: Wisconsin governor is waging ‘jihad’ against unions  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) jihad against public employee unions is about 30 years late and likely to make Republicans even less popular with voters, who endorse collective bargaining rights for public employees — professionals for whom they have abiding respect.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint: Collective bargaining has no place in government
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Unless they're paying beaucoup bucks, his transfer to New York makes no sense to me. … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Press Box … - The U.S. Has Frozen $30 Billion of Qaddafi's Assets.  Can We Spend It?  - John Roberts Writes the Funniest Sentence in Supreme Court History …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
‘I already know I could win’  —  Dan already wrote a piece about it, but Chris Christie was in the office last week.  I just wanted to quote him more extensively on 2012.  I asked him whether he knew that, given the moment, there is a serious chance he could win the Republican nomination if he ran.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Christie: I could win the W.H.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
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.
Dan Nolan / Aljazeera:
Fierce battles rage in Libya  —  Pro- and anti-government forces fight for control of strategic towns including Brega, which houses a key oil facility.  —  Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, are reported to have regained control of two strategic towns in the country's northwest …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Eric Holder: Black Panther case focus demeans ‘my people’  —  Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Holder: Gitmo may stay open beyond 2012
Discussion: FrumForum
Aaron Marshall / Plain Dealer:
Fetuses to be presented as witnesses before Ohio House committee considering abortion restrictions  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio - Two fetuses will be presented as witnesses before an Ohio legislative committee that is hearing a bill to outlaw abortions after the first heartbeat can be detected inside a woman's womb.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV  —  If Washington's political culture gets any more incestuous, our children are going to be born with extra fingers.  —  The latest symptom of our deformed political-journalistic complex presented this week, when news broke that the office of Rep. Darrell Issa …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Down Sharply in Last Two Weeks  —  Confidence erodes after reaching three-year peak  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have become much less confident in the U.S. economy over the past two weeks, with Gallup's Economic Confidence Index falling from -18 to -30 during that span.
Michael Kinsley / Los Angeles Times:
Movie math  —  Why can't states grasp the absurdity of giving welfare to film and TV producers?  —  If you want to understand why it's so hard for governments, both federal and state, to put their accounts in order, consider the recent comments of Bill Richardson, former nearly everything including governor …
Pakistan Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti shot dead  —  Watch: Shahbaz Bhatti predicted his death as he defended his faith four months ago  —  Pakistani Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti has been shot dead by gunmen who ambushed his car in broad daylight in the capital, Islamabad.
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Walker Unveils Budget — Says Cuts Will Be More Painful If Dems Don't Return  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) gave a speech at the state Capitol Tuesday to unveil his budget for the next two years, even as the debate over his budget repair bill still rages.
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
N.J. unions vow to fight Sweeney's bill boosting workers' payments for benefits  —  TRENTON — Calling it an attempt to throw out collective bargaining rights, leaders of New Jersey's public workers unions Monday said they will launch a full court press against a bill sponsored …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Fred Weir / Christian Science Monitor:
With Russia's $650 billion rearmament plan, the bear sharpens its teeth  —  Moscow - The graying bear is getting a make-over.  Russia's military is launching its biggest rearmament effort since Soviet times, including a $650 billion program to procure 1,000 new helicopters, 600 combat planes …
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