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11:55 AM ET, March 2, 2011


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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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Wisconsin Dem intervenes to protect GOP senator threatened by mob  —  You have to see it to believe it.  The clip is long and the key moment doesn't come until 2:50 in, but you won't be able to look away.  The savior here, in the orange union t-shirt and sportsjacket …
Vital Signs: Crowd chases Sen. Grothman around Capitol  —  Dozens of protesters, some shouting “Shame!  Shame!  Shame,” chased Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, around the Capitol Tuesday evening as he banged in vain on closed windows and locked entrances trying to get in.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Wisconsin GOP Senator Glenn Grothman Mobbed at Wisconsin Capitol (Video)
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and RedState
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.
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 …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:   Late 2012 GOP start a boon for Obama
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: Reid has no plan to rein in spending
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The public no longer sees government shutdown as a ‘train wreck’
Dan Nolan / Aljazeera:
Fierce battles rage in Libya  —  Pro- and anti-government forces fight for control of strategic towns including Brega, which houses a key oil facility.  —  Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, are reported to have regained control of two strategic towns in the country's northwest …
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.
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.”
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huckabee says he misspoke in radio interview
Discussion: Huck PAC and CNN
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
John Nichols / The Nation:
Why a Wisconsin Sheriff Refuses to Serve as Governor Walker's “Palace Guard”  —  Wisconsin Sheriff Pulls Deputies Capitol Duty: “Our Deputies (Will) Not Stand and Be Palace Guards”  —  No one has worked harder - and smarter - to keep the peace in Madison during the dispute …
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Sheriff Pulled Deputies From Capitol, Says They Won't Be ‘Palace Guard’ (VIDEO)
Jkavcnn / This Just In:
High court upholds outspoken church's right to protest  —  A Kansas church that attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members has won its appeal at the Supreme Court, an issue testing the competing constitutional limits of free speech and privacy.
Not / AOL News:
Opinion: Whitewashing Wisconsin's Protests … For the past two weeks, the news media have been swarming over Madison, Wis., covering every detail of the public-sector union protests against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget cuts, as well as other similar protests around the country.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV  —  If Washington's political culture gets any more incestuous, our children are going to be born with extra fingers.  —  The latest symptom of our deformed political-journalistic complex presented this week, when news broke that the office of Rep. Darrell Issa …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
A slimmer Gov. Barbour blasts the Obama administration on job growth  —  In a speech to business leaders Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) accused the Obama administration of neglecting job creation.  —  “When this presidential administration came into office, clearly …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Down Sharply in Last Two Weeks  —  Confidence erodes after reaching three-year peak  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have become much less confident in the U.S. economy over the past two weeks, with Gallup's Economic Confidence Index falling from -18 to -30 during that span.
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: Moe Lane
John / Power Line:
Think Progress?  Think Ignorance  —  Over at Think Progress, video editor Lee Fang is working full-time at smearing one of the world's most admired companies, Koch Industries.  Today he lashes out at Charles Koch's excellent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.
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Daily Mail:
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Katherine Sellgren / BBC:
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