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9:05 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: Donklephant, GOP 12 and The Daily Dish
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.
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Sarah Palin's bizarre view of the First Amendment
Discussion: The Daily Caller
High court rules for anti-gay church
Gunman Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Kills 2 US Airmen in Germany  —  Obama Says U.S. Will Spare No Efforts in Investigating Killings  —  A gunman shouting “Allahu 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.
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Inquiry promised on airmen attack
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Fox Nation
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
No, it's not okay to traffic in pure fiction about Obama's heritage  —  Ben Smith writes that my criticism of Mike Huckabee is unfair: … Right, but Huckabee didn't “look at his personal education.”  Huckabee created an entirely fictional one.  It's one thing to tie Obama's politics …
Discussion: Salon, Ben Smith's Blog and Colorlines
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Huckabee And Fischer Agree That Obama's Childhood Instilled “Fundamentally Anti-American Ideas” In Him
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Huck Fink  —  As Jay Newton-Small and Amy Sullivan reported yesterday …
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.
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
WSJ/NBC Poll: Hands Off Medicare, Social Security
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  —  Last month, ThinkProgress reported that Wisconsin law allows any elected official who has served at least one year of their current term to be recalled from office.  Today, a group of Wisconsin voters took …
Derrick DePledge / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
AKAKA WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2012  —  U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka announced today that he will not run for re-election in 2012.  —  Akaka, 86, has served in the Senate since 1990.  He previously served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  “After months of thinking …
Aharding / CNN:
TRENDING: Sen. Akaka will not seek reelection
Discussion: The Note
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conceding defeat this time, Senate Dems pledge to win next round
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.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Former Louisiana Governor To Announce White House Bid  —  Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer (R) will announce Thursday he will explore a bid for president, according to a top Republican source.  —  Roemer is already scheduled to head to Waukee, Iowa, for a forum hosted by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition on Monday.
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.”
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
No, Fox News Did Not Lie With “Wisconsin Palm Tree” Violent Protest Video  —  The Internet is abuzz this morning with a story that Fox News has “lied” in showing a video of an angry union protester from California while claiming its from Wisconsin.  The “Palm Tree lie” (described …
Jcraig / Politics Extra:
Niehaus ripped for removing Seitz  —  Cincinnnati Fire Department Lt. Mark Sanders, president of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, ripped Senate President Tom Niehaus of New Richmond today for abruptly removing Sen. Bill Seitz of Green Township from a committee …
David Ariosto / CNN:
Ohio state Senate passes bill to curtail collective bargaining
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Just Balancing The Budget  —  In Ohio's legislation to curtail public sector union collective bargaining rights - just passed by the Senate - the following passage exists: … So a blanket and total ban on any form of legal protections for gay couples, including any semblance …
New York Times:
Ohio Senate Approves Union Bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Manning faces new charges, possible death penalty  —  ‘Aiding the enemy’ is most serious of 22 new counts filed against private in WikiLeaks case  —  Below:  —  WASHINGTON — Following an intensive seven-month investigation, the Army on Wednesday filed 22 additional charges against Pfc. Bradley Manning …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The tedious, annoying complaints of public radio listeners.  —  On Valentine's Day, NPR's All Things Considered ran a two-and-a-half-minute segment about Justin Bieber fans gone wild.  When the teen star lost at the Grammys to Esperanza Spalding, a few of Bieber's aggrieved minions defaced …
Shariah 4 America:
The Islamic Demolition of the Statue of Liberty  —  One of the founding principles of the Islamic constitution is to ensure that all sovereignty and supremacy belongs solely to God; the Shari'ah is a practical manifestation of this sovereignty and supremacy because it seeks to establish His command in society.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Petraeus Apologizes for Deaths of 9 Afghan Boys  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement on Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake.
Abe Sauer / The Awl:
In Madison: Scott Walker Packed His Budget Address With Ringers  —  Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's budget address was delivered beneath a dead and stuffed eagle.  His address made commitments to a better educated Wisconsin, even while offering almost guaranteed decreased funding of the state's schools.
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
German-Irish brinkmanship raises EMU stakes
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Michael Crittenden / Washington Wire:
Ron Paul to Bernanke: ‘Define the Dollar’
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPad 2 event (update: it's over!)
Spiegel Online:
'Europe's Banks Are in Far Greater Danger Than People Realize'
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Bachmann: Let there be (incandescent) light
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Day job: Mitch Daniels may miss out
Discussion: FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Legal concerns clouded Newt Gingrich event
Rolling Stone:
Snooki Discusses Smushing and the Stress of ‘Jersey Shore’ in Rolling Stone Cover Story
Discussion: TalkLeft, PopWatch and PopEater
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Obama Signs Budget Extension
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Know Their Audience
Aaron Marshall / Plain Dealer:
Fetuses to be presented as witnesses before Ohio House committee considering abortion restrictions