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9:20 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: Mediaite, Mother Jones 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:
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.
Discussion: The Politico
The Note:
Mike Huckabee Falsely Suggests Obama Grew Up In Kenya
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huckabee: Obama grew up in Kenya
Discussion: Politics Daily, CNN and ABCNEWS
Emi Kolawole / Washington Post:
Huckabee claims inaccurately that Obama was raised in Kenya
Andy Barr / The Politico:
He's no birther, but Huck claims Obama raised in Kenya
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Approves Budget Measure to Avert Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday passed a two-week budget measure that cuts $4 billion in federal spending, and Senate Democrats said they would quickly follow suit, averting any threat of a government shutdown when money runs out on Friday.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Jumps In: First 2012 GOP Candidate
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.
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 …
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JSOnline:
Budget cuts would touch most Wisconsinites  —  Sarah Thomas, a UW-Stevens Point student, keeps track on her arm the nights she's spent on the floor of the rotunda inside the Capitol.  Fellow protester C.J. Terrell of Madison looks on.  Media and staff are still being allowed in …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, First Draft and AOL News
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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
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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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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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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
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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The Wrap:
Breaking: Chris Dodd, Ex-Senator, Named MPAA Chairman
Discussion: FrumForum and The Page
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.
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 …
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.
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?
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.
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! …
Laura Kasinof / New York Times:
Powerful Cleric Joins Protest to Urge Islamic Rule in Yemen  —  SANA, Yemen — As thousands of demonstrators for and against President Ali Abdullah Saleh took to the streets on Tuesday, a cleric who is a former mentor of Osama bin Laden joined them to call for the replacement of the government with an Islamic state.
 
 
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William Gibson / Sun-Sentinel:
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