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3:10 PM ET, March 2, 2011


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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News pulls Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum off the air because of their interest in running for president  —  Fox News suspends the contracts of political contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum because both have demonstrated that they are seriously considering running for president.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Fox News suspends Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum  —  Fox News has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum effective immediately until they decide whether to run for president.  —  Anchor Bret Baier announced on air late Wednesday morning that the network “has suspended …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Breaking: Fox News Suspends Contributors Newt Gingrich And Rick Santorum  —  Fox News anchor Bret Baier announced that effective today, Fox News has suspended its contributor arrangements with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum , both of whom have signaled possible presidential runs for 2012.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama strong in Virginia
Discussion: GOP 12
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 …
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Two shot dead at Frankfurt airport  —  Suspect arrested after bus driver and passenger killed and two other US airmen injured in shooting at Frankfurt airport  —  Two US airmen have been shot dead and two wounded at Frankfurt airport.  —  The gunman, believed to be from Kosovo …
New York Times:
Shooting at Germany Airport Kills 2 U.S. Airmen
Discussion: The Hill and Jihad Watch
Spiegel Online:
US Soldier Believed Among Dead in Killings
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Josh Kraushaar /
That Vision Thing  —  As bold as Gov. Walker has been in calling …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court rules First Amendment protects church's right to picket funerals  —  A nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects even hurtful speech about public issues and upheld the right of a fringe church to protest near military funerals.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rule for Protesters at Military Funerals  —  WASHINGTON — The First Amendment protects hateful protests at military funerals, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in an 8-1 decision.  —  “Speech is powerful,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority.
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 …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems support Biden's budget role
Discussion: FrumForum
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Late 2012 GOP start a boon for Obama
Discussion: The Note
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.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Know Their Audience  —  ... isn't that bright.  —  What's wrong with this picture?  —  If you guessed the snowless ground and palm trees in Wisconsin you win a big prize.  Your sanity.  —  h/t to @JoshuaHolland  —  .
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.
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Congressional bosses from Hell: Sheila Jackson Lee  —  A lot of politicians give nicknames to their aides.  George W. Bush famously referred to his attorney general, Alberto Gonzalez, as “Fredo.”  Mitch Daniels, then head of the Office of Management and Budget, was known as “The Blade.”
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“You are a person against all of us.  The whole nation is looking at you."  — says an old woman with a “Solidarity” sign who gets right up in Meade's face...  ... when Meade asks her why he should “be ashamed” of himself.  That's at the end of this uncut 7 1/2-minute video, shot outside the Capitol this afternoon.
Discussion: American Power and Moe Lane
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.
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice  —  Before he addressed the crowd that had assembled in the St. Louis Hyatt Regency ballroom last November, Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly had one request.  “Please don't mention my son,” he asked the Marine Corps officer introducing him.
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.
Glenn Kessler / Fact Checker:
Haley Barbour's Medicaid fantasy  —  “We have people pull up at the pharmacy window in a BMW and say they can't afford their co-payment.”  —  Haley Barbour's colorful remark, made to The Washington Post while attending a National Governors Association meeting in Washington this week …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Taxing Our Way To Shorter Commutes  —  KW writes: … The group is, indeed, just another rightwing astroturf group.  They're allegedly obsessed with the budget deficit and the national debt, but like Scott Walker and Chris Christie and all Republicans in fact favor lower revenue and higher deficits.
Discussion: Eschaton
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gingrich may face questions about Georgia ‘birther’ bill  —  Newt Gingrich could face some tough questions when he appears in Atlanta on Thursday.  —  The former House Speaker is scheduled to join Gov. Nathan Deal (R) at an afternoon meeting at the state Capitol.
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Is Obama in Better Shape for 2012? … Drill it down, and you get these reasons why Obama is looking better: … My reaction is twofold: first, Obama looks no more or less beatable now than he did four months ago; second, he looks fairly vulnerable.  Let's look at each claim in turn.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Ben Bernanke: GOP's plan will cut jobs
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Nicole Winfield / Reuters:
Pope Benedict Exonerates Jews For Jesus' Death In New Book
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Budget chairman blasts ‘RomneyCare’ as similar to ‘ObamaCare’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and GOP 12
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This Is Just the Start  —  Future historians will long puzzle …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Michael Corkery / Wall Street Journal:
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TSA staff jet blew it
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Fierce battles rage in Libya