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1:00 PM 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 …
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: RedState and Whiskey Fire
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.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Supreme Court rules for anti-gay church over military funeral protests
Jkavcnn / This Just In:
High court upholds outspoken church's right to protest
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  —  Virginia seems like a state Republicans almost have to win next year if they want to take back the White House but if the voting was today Barack Obama would take it again by a margin comparable to or greater than what he won in 2008.  —  Obama leads Mitt Romney by 6 points in the state at 48-42.
Discussion: GOP 12
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Breaking: Fox News Suspends Contributors Newt Gingrich And Rick Santorum
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.
Frankfurt airport shooting: Two dead and two injured  —  Police told German media the shooting took place inside the bus  —  Two people have died after a gunman opened fire on a bus carrying American soldiers at Frankfurt airport, police say.  —  The driver of the bus and a US soldier …
Spiegel Online:
US Soldier Believed Among Dead in Killings
Discussion: Guardian, Jihad Watch and Gawker
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 …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huckabee says he misspoke in radio interview  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) misspoke when he said in a recent radio interview that President Obama grew up in Kenya, he said Tuesday.  —  “As I have stated on page 1 of my new book ‘A Simple Government’ and in numerous interviews …
Discussion: Media Matters for America and CNN
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.
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.
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 …
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
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  —  .
Quinnipiac University:
American Voters Split On Government Shutdown, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Democrats, Republicans Divided On Gov't Worker Pay  —  American voters are split as 46 percent say it would be a good thing and 44 percent say it would be a bad thing if the U.S. government shut …
Discussion: Politics Daily, Hot Air and TPMDC
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
RNC launches TV ad linking Obama, unions  —  The Republican National Committee is calling on Wisconsin voters to help “stop Obama and his union bosses” in a TV ad being rolled out in the state on Wednesday.  —  Linking unions' financial support for President Barack Obama …
Discussion: CNN
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Late 2012 GOP start a boon for Obama  —  Hey, Newt, what's the rush?  —  That's what senior Democrats and White House officials enjoying the time off between campaigns are saying as former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) readies an announcement he is forming an exploratory committee for a White House run.
Discussion: The Note
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
Michael Froomkin /
We Write Letters (to the WashPo Ombudsman)  —  Just sent this to the Washington Post's Ombudsman:  —  Today's lead editorial on the Al-Kidd v. Ashcroft case blindly repeats a piece of government propaganda that has been decisively falsified in the court proceedings of that very case.
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 …
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice
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Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Democrats' Mississippi Blues
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Barbour: Obama's policy ‘is to drive up energy prices’
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
John Nichols / The Nation:
Why a Wisconsin Sheriff Refuses to Serve as Governor Walker's “Palace Guard”
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This Is Just the Start  —  Future historians will long puzzle …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Tom Scocca / Scocca:
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Michael Corkery / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Felix Salmon and FT Alphaville
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Geman / The Hill:
It's George Soros versus Exxon in fight over oil payment disclosures
Philip Messing / New York Post:
TSA staff jet blew it
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
The public no longer sees government shutdown as a ‘train wreck’
Not / AOL News:
Opinion: Whitewashing Wisconsin's Protests
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Economic Confidence Down Sharply in Last Two Weeks
Michael Kinsley / Los Angeles Times:
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