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5:15 PM ET, March 1, 2011

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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, CNN and USA Today
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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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem senator: Senate has accepted House GOP spending plan  —  As House and Senate leaders haggle over ways to avoid a government shutdown, a Democratic senator said the Republicans' short-term spending bill - including billions of dollars in cuts - has been largely accepted by upper-chamber Democrats.
The Huffington Post:
White House And House GOP At Odds Over Additional Two Weeks In Funding Measure
Discussion: Swampland, PostPartisan and Hullabaloo
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
In boost for GOP plan, Fed chief says cuts won't derail recovery
The Hill:
Despite steep cuts, Reid says Senate Dems will pass House GOP plan
Discussion: FrumForum
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama calls Boehner amid high-stakes debate over spending
Discussion: FrumForum
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: Mediaite and Swampland
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Huckabee claims inaccurately that Obama was raised in Kenya
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huckabee: Obama grew up in Kenya
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.
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Issa Fires Staff Member Who Shared E-mails With Times Reporter
David Di Martino / Pundits Blog:
Issa-Leaks  —  Disturbing news out of Capitol Hill for those who work with and in media.
Discussion: The Politico
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 and The Note
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Tony Romm / The Politico:
Chris Dodd to lead MPAA
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
New York Times:
Motion Picture Association Hires Ex-Senator Dodd as Chief Executive
Discussion: Yglesias
The Wrap:
Breaking: Chris Dodd, Ex-Senator, Named MPAA Chairman
Discussion: FrumForum and The Page
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
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Fleebagger coalition falling apart? Update: Majority leader says no changes
Discussion: JSOnline, Verum Serum and Moe Lane
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.
Washington Post:
African Americans respond to Obama's shift on DOMA  —  When same-sex marriage was upended in California by popular vote in 2008, gay rights activists pointed to one factor: religious African Americans who came out in record numbers for President Obama but who also largely voted against the marriage proposal, according to exit polls.
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand / The Huffington Post:
The Next Step Toward Equality: Repealing DOMA
Discussion: Equality Matters
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! …
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 …
New York Times:
Ohio Set to Vote on Ending Public Union Rights  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate is expected on Thursday to consider a revised version of a bill to end collective bargaining for public-sector workers, and union members gathering outside the Statehouse here Tuesday morning said they were bracing for the worst.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The New Normal  —  We're going to be doing a lot of deficit cutting over the next several years.  The country's future greatness will be shaped by whether we cut wisely or stupidly.  So we should probably come up with a few sensible principles to guide us as we cut.
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.
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 …
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.
Justin C. Worland / The Harvard Crimson:
Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Minister in Memorial Church, Dies at Age 68  —  Reverend Peter J. Gomes, who oversaw Memorial Church for the past three and a half decades, died Monday evening after suffering a brain aneurysm and heart attack.  He was 68.  —  His death was announced in an e-mail …
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.
Discussion: The Page
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.
David Brody / The Brody File:
Speaker Boehner to Brody File: Preparing For “one giant fight over the future for our country.”  —  Speaker John Boehner tells The Brody File that when it comes to issue over the budget and raising the debt ceiling he is preparing for “one giant fight over the future for our country.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A peek under the hood of the NYT/CBS poll  —  Allahpundit did a great job last night of dissecting the latest NYT/CBS poll based on its results from CBS' reporting.  The survey found that a large majority of their respondents support keeping current collective bargaining rights in the public sector …
Michelle Hunter / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Southern Decadence protest leader booked with masturbating at Metairie park  —  The Rev. Grant Storms, the Christian fundamentalist known for his bullhorn protests of the Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter, was arrested on a charge of masturbating at a Metairie park Friday afternoon.
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Sen. Boxer on PBS cuts: ‘Republicans have a vendetta against Elmo’  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a “vendetta against Elmo.”  —  Boxer made the comments during a floor speech where she made the case …
Ezra Klein:
What the GAO thinks we can do without  —  The Government Accountability Office has released a more than 300-page report tallying up 34 areas in which the government has duplicative, fragmented or overlapping programs, and an additional 47 areas where better management or spending decisions …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Yemeni president says US and Israel behind unrest  —  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's embattled U.S.-backed president accused Washington on Tuesday of instigating protests against his regime, as hundreds of thousands marched in cities across Yemen in the largest rallies yet seeking the longtime ruler's ouster.
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Huck: Matthews melting like Sheen  —  Mike Huckabee lashed out at Chris Matthews Tuesday, comparing the MSNBC commentator to Charlie Sheen.  —  “I really do worry about Chris,” Huckabee said during an appearance on the The Dennis Prager Show.  “I think he's not quite Charlie Sheen, but he's getting close.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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