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1:40 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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Breaking: Fox News Suspends Contributors Newt Gingrich And Rick Santorum  —  Fox News anchor Bret Baier announced that effective today, Fox News has suspended its contributor arrangements with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum , both of whom have signaled possible presidential runs for 2012.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Raw Story
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama strong in Virginia
Discussion: GOP 12
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Fox News Suspends Gingrich and Santorum
Discussion: Swampland and
The Note:
Fox News Suspends Contracts Of Newt Gingrich And Rick Santorum
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Mob rule video: Unhinged crowd corners Wisconsin GOP senator shouting “F**k you,” “Shame!”  ; Update: A Fleebagger returns?  ; Plus: Sen. Grothman speaks; Fleebagger met state Senate GOP leader in Kenosha  —  Scroll for updates...  I got bad chills up and down my spine watching this group of crazed …
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: American Power and Moe Lane
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.
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 …
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.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Biden to lead budget negotiations  —  With a stopgap measure in place, Senate Democrats said Wednesday that they will forestall any spending debate on the floor in favor of what they hope will be immediate budget negotiations between themselves, Republicans and a White House team led by Vice President Joseph Biden.
Discussion: FrumForum
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Late 2012 GOP start a boon for Obama
Discussion: The Note
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
RNC launches TV ad linking Obama, unions
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Huck PAC:
Statement From Mike Huckabee Regarding WOR Radio Interview  —  On Monday, while on Steve Malzberg's radio show on New York's WOR Radio, I was asked about the President Obama's birth certificate issue.  In my answer, I simply misspoke when I alluded to President Obama growing up in ‘Kenya’ and meant to say Indonesia.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huckabee says he misspoke in radio interview
Discussion: CNN and Media Matters for America
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  —  .
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 …
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 …
Chicago Tribune:
Add / View comments |  Discussion FAQ  —  Employee unionization has absolutely no place in the taxpayer funded, public sector.  The above chart is only one of the myriad of reasons why.  —  Am I reading the comments here correctly?  Do people even understand what “civil service rules” are???
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Chris Dodd shows how Washington works  —  Over the last two years — particularly during the debate over the financial reform bill — Sen. Chris Dodd served on multiple occasions as chief spokesman for, and defender of, the interests of Wall Street and corporate America.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Budget chairman blasts ‘RomneyCare’ as similar to ‘ObamaCare’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday criticized the Massachusetts healthcare program critics have named “RomneyCare.”  —  Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and a leading GOP voice on fiscal matters …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, GOP 12 and The Politico
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Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Is Obama in Better Shape for 2012?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Texas immigration gives exceptions for domestic help
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We Write Letters (to the WashPo Ombudsman)
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This Is Just the Start  —  Future historians will long puzzle …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Scocca / Scocca:
The Politics of Entitlement: David Brooks Will Decide When It's Time for You to Die
Michael Corkery / Wall Street Journal:
Muni Default Estimate: $100 Billion
Discussion: Felix Salmon and FT Alphaville
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
Not / AOL News:
Opinion: Whitewashing Wisconsin's Protests
Dan Nolan / Aljazeera:
Fierce battles rage in Libya