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12:40 AM ET, March 2, 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.”
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:
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mike Huckabee is Not a Birther  —  Let's call this off right now.  I don't hear birtherism anywhere in Mike Huckabee's interview with Steve Malzberg. … Occam's razor: Huckabee is just ill-informed.  —  1) Barack Obama spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, with his Indonesian stepfather Lolo Soetoro.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Huckagaffe  —  He's now withdrawn the statement that Obama grew up in Kenya and says he meant Indonesia.  Here's the original quote: … Well, how do you get a view of the Mau Mau revolution in Indonesia?  So I don't buy the mis-spoke explanation.  And Obama did not “grow up with” a Kenyan father and grandfather.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Huckabee claims inaccurately that Obama was raised in Kenya
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Lonely Conservative and POWIP
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Advances Budget and Cuts $4 Billion  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday approved a two-week budget measure that cuts $4 billion in federal spending.  Senate Democrats said they would quickly pass the bill and send it to President Obama, averting any immediate threat of a government shutdown …
Discussion: Gawker and Booman Tribune
The Hill:
Despite steep cuts, Reid says Senate Dems will pass House GOP plan
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
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.
Walker's budget cuts would touch most Wisconsinites  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker vowed Tuesday to close a $3.5 billion budget gap by remolding Wisconsin government at every level: slashing aid to public schools and local governments while setting …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, First Draft and AOL News
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.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Capitol Quickies
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Christie: I could win the W.H.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Ohio Lawmakers Battle Over Union Bargaining Rights  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican state senators unveiled a new version of a bill governing public employee unions on Tuesday, saying it would preserve their right to collective bargaining, but Democratic lawmakers said the revisions failed …
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 …
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
Katherine Sellgren / BBC:
LSE investigates Gaddafi's son plagiarism claims  —  There were student demonstrations at the LSE last week over its links with Libya  —  The London School of Economics has confirmed it is investigating allegations that Colonel Gaddafi's son plagiarised his PhD thesis.
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings and Guardian
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 as the source for this statement from Sarah.
Mark Finkelstein /
Reich To Rich: Redistribute Or Risk Angry Populace Turning On You!  —  Nice house there, rich guy.  Wouldn't wanna see nuthin' happen to it . . .  Robert Reich has actually argued that the rich should welcome redistributing more of their income to prevent an angry American populace from turning on them.
Harvard University Gazette:
Rev. Peter J. Gomes dies at 68  —  Harvard scholar regarded as one of America's leading preachers  —  File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer  —  The Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, passed away on Feb. 28.
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.
Richard Adams / Guardian:
Charlie Sheen v Muammar Gaddafi: whose line is it anyway?  —  The US actor and the Libyan leader have produced some choice lines recently.  Can you distinguish between them?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich will not announce exploratory committee Thursday  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not announce the formation of an exploratory committee to run for president on Thursday, his spokesman said Tuesday.  —  After a day of speculation resulting in reports that Gingrich …
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.
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 …
John Cook / New York Observer:
Was a Vanity Fair Editor Secretly Working for the Church of Scientology?  —, 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?
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Did an L.A. Times Writer Cite Fictitious Quote to Make a Case Against McCain Aide?  —  A couple of weeks ago, I picked up the anonymously-written novel O, which concerns President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.  The author was described by the publisher, Simon and Schuster, only as someone who …
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