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5:50 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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama strong in Virginia
Discussion: The Daily Dish and GOP 12
Gunman Shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ Kills 2 US Airmen in Germany  —  Obama Says U.S. Will Spare No Efforts in Investigating Killings  —  A gunman shouting “Allah Akbar” opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued, officials said.
Discussion: and Wizbang
New York Times:
Shooting at Germany Airport Kills 2 U.S. Airmen  —  BERLIN — Two United States airmen died Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on an American military bus at the Frankfurt airport, according American military officials in Europe.  —  Local media reports identified the suspected gunman as 21-year-old Kosovar.
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: Wisconsin Dems throw their weight behind drive to recall GOP Senators  —  The Wisconsin Democratic Party has decided to throw its weight behind a nascent grassroots drive to recall a number of GOP state senators, a move that will considerably increase the pressure on them to break …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Wisconsin Voters Launch Recall Campaign Against Eight GOP State Senators
Discussion: The Political Carnival and TPMDC
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.
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.
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.”
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Strong Support for Bargaining Rights  —  Americans strongly oppose efforts to strip unionized government workers of their rights to collectively bargain, even as they want public employees to contribute more money to their retirement and health-care benefits, the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.
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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Dems cede lead to Biden after Hill budget talks end in bickering
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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Buddy Roemer sees glimmer of White House hope  —  The GOP's white-bread presidential primary is about to get a dash of Tabasco.  —  Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer will announce Thursday in Baton Rouge that he is forming an exploratory committee, he told POLITICO.
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  —  .
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.
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.
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Legal concerns clouded Newt Gingrich event
Discussion: FrumForum and The Hill
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.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Waste, Fraud, and Sen. Coburn  —  I'll get back to highlighting a few of the results from the GAO's report on streamlining government later today, but first I want to highlight this nugget from Reuters columnist James Pethokoukis: … Let's settle down a bit here.
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.
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Ben Bernanke: GOP's plan will cut jobs  —  Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that House GOP's 2011 spending plan would likely cost “a couple hundred thousand jobs,” a number he called “not trivial.”  —  Bernanke's testimony Wednesday was more specific than what he offered Tuesday …
Discussion: The Note and Washington Monthly
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Bachmann: Let there be (incandescent) light  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) this week introduced legislation that would eliminate federal light bulb standards passed in 2007 that are expected to have the effect of phasing out some incandescent bulbs in the next few years.
Rolling Stone:
Snooki Discusses Smushing and the Stress of ‘Jersey Shore’ in Rolling Stone Cover Story  —  'We can't have cellphones, TV, radio or the Internet.  There's no normalcy.  It's just like prison, with cameras'  —  By  —  Watch video of Snooki's Rolling Stone cover shoot with Mark Seliger below.
Discussion: TalkLeft, PopWatch and PopEater
Pawlenty heading to South Carolina  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will visit the early primary state of South Carolina later this month, two Republicans familiar with the plans told CNN Wednesday.  —  Pawlenty, who is seriously considering a 2012 presidential bid …
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Page
Ken Lee /
Charlie Sheen Surrenders His Children to Police  —  Charlie Sheen got a reality check Tuesday evening when police officers visited his Beverly Hills mansion to take his twin boys out of his custody, a source confirms to PEOPLE.  —  The move comes after his ex Brooke Mueller won a restraining order …
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Day job: Mitch Daniels may miss out  —  Mitch Daniels said Wednesday that intractable legislative gridlock in Indiana could ultimately keep him out of the presidential race.  —  The Hoosier State governor said he plans to focus on state issues, even if that costs him the opportunity to launch a White House bid.
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
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Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Abortionist Gosnell
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Jcraig / Politics Extra:
Niehaus ripped for removing Seitz
Discussion: TPMDC and Plunderbund
New York Times:
Petraeus Apologizes for Deaths of 9 Afghan Boys
The Note:
Rep. Quayle: Obama ‘Damaging Our Country’ - but 'We're Going to be Watching Him'
Discussion: The Politico and ABCNEWS
Rasmussen Reports:
51% Say U.S. Shouldn't Have Become Involved in Iraq
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Nicole Winfield / Reuters:
Pope Benedict Exonerates Jews For Jesus' Death In New Book
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Taxing Our Way To Shorter Commutes
Discussion: Eschaton
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Budget chairman blasts ‘RomneyCare’ as similar to ‘ObamaCare’
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Is Obama in Better Shape for 2012?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This Is Just the Start  —  Future historians will long puzzle …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Michael Corkery / Wall Street Journal:
Muni Default Estimate: $100 Billion