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11:10 PM ET, March 2, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Support Lacking for Entitlement Reductions  —  WASHINGTON— Less than a quarter of Americans support making significant cuts to Social Security or Medicare to tackle the country's mounting deficit, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, illustrating the challenge facing lawmakers …
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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
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Sarah Palin's bizarre view of the First Amendment  —  Sarah Palin, who has more than once invoked the First Amendment when she or her allies faced criticism, today denounced the Supreme Court's 8-1 ruling allowing the Westboro Baptist Church to protest outside soldiers' funerals with signs reading ""God Hates Fags" and the like.
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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.
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 …
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Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Huckabee And Fischer Agree That Obama's Childhood Instilled “Fundamentally Anti-American Ideas” In Him
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 …
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Akaka retiring  —  Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka announced late Wednesday he will retire next year, becoming the seventh senator and fifth Democrat to forgo another term in 2012.  —  “After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for reelection in 2012.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka won't seek re-election
Discussion: The Page
Aharding / CNN:
Akaka of Hawaii announces Senate retirement
Discussion: The Note
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Wisconsin Voters Launch Recall Campaign Against Eight GOP State Senators
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Wisconsin Democrats Launch Recall Effort Against GOP Senators
Discussion: FrumForum and AMERICAblog News
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.
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ABCNEWS:
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.
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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.
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Moonbattery
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:   UK Cleric's “Shariah 4 America” …
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.”
New York Times:
Ohio Senate Approves Union Bill  —  COLUMBUS — Ohio took its first step Wednesday toward passing sweeping legislation that would curtail collective bargaining rights for public sector workers, banning strikes and putting the power of breaking labor impasses into the hands of town councils. .
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Just Balancing The Budget
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Apple's iPad 2 event (update: it's over!)  —  11:14AM Thanks for reading!  —  11:14AM Okay, hands-on time!  —  11:13AM “I'd like the teams that worked on this to stand up — give them a round of applause.  And as always, I'd like to thank everyone's families.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Live Blogging the iPad 2 Announcement
msnbc.com:
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 …
New York Times:
Nine Afghan Boys Collecting Firewood Killed by NATO Helicopters  —  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.
Bibi van der Zee / Guardian:
Climate Camp disbanded  —  Climate activists decide to end annual camp and focus on tackling broader ecological, social and economic issues  —  After five years of camps, composting toilets, vegan curry and run-ins with the police, Climate Camp is calling it a day.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Tim Blair
 
 
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Michael Crittenden / Washington Wire:
Ron Paul to Bernanke: ‘Define the Dollar’
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David Rogers / The Politico:
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Know Their Audience