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9:55 AM ET, March 3, 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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Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Voters deficit-worried but wary of cuts  —  Americans adamantly opposed to cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, K-12 education  —  Below:  —  Deputy political director  —  WASHINGTON — As politicians in Washington — and across the country …
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 …
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David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Soldier in WikiLeaks case charged with aiding the enemy  —  The Army files 22 new counts against Pfc. Bradley Manning, suspected of giving information to WikiLeaks.  The development comes amid an expanding U.S. investigation that could lead to charges against website founder Julian Assange and others.
Discussion: The BLT and The Jawa Report
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Sen. Daniel Akaka won't run for reelection in 2012  —  But ... he's only in his mid-80s and has served just 21 years.  In an age of wizened congressmen who have to be dragged screaming into retirement, surely this youngster has another two or three terms in him.
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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Derrick DePledge / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
AKAKA WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2012
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka won't seek re-election
Discussion: Ballot Box and The Page
David Catanese / The Politico:
Akaka retiring  —  Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka announced late Wednesday …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Politics Daily
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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Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Huckabee: Obama Isn't From Kenya, But He's Still Anti-American
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Huckabee And Fischer Agree That Obama's Childhood Instilled “Fundamentally Anti-American Ideas” In Him
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Says Race a Key Component in Tea Party Protests  —  In a new book, President Obama talks candidly about race and the presidency  —  African-Americans have been an integral part of the White House since it was built in part by slaves.  In Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans …
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Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Says Race a Key Component in Tea Party Protests  —  In a new book, President Obama talks candidly about race and the presidency  —  Backlash.  There were many effects stemming from Obama's presidency, both those that were expected and those that were not.
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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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
UK Cleric's “Shariah 4 America” Website Details Plans to Drape Statue of Liberty in a Burqa Before Turning it Into a Minaret...  When someone is pounding Anjem Choudary's face into the pavement during tomorrow's protest in front of the White House, please make sure they tell him this isn't the UK, we don't celebrate multiculturalism.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Shariah 4 America:   The Islamic Demolition of the Statue of Liberty
Wall Street Journal:
Ohio Vote Puts Curbs on Unions in Reach  —  Ohio state senators narrowly approved a bill that would prohibit public-employee unions representing 400,000 state and local workers from bargaining over health benefits and pensions, while also eliminating the right to strike.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and FrumForum
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New York Times:
Ohio Senate Approves Union Bill
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Just Balancing The Budget
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iowahawk:
Longhorns 17, Badgers 1  —  Please pardon this brief departure from my normal folderol, but every so often a member of the chattering class issues a nugget of stupidity so egregious that no amount of mockery will suffice.  Particularly when the issuer of said stupidity holds a Nobel Prize.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan: Romneycare ‘Not that Dissimilar to Obamacare’  —  Budget chairman and GOP star talks 2012.  —  This morning at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the American Spectator, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan talked about what he's looking for in a Republican presidential candidate …
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 …
Reuters:
Twitter's Stone: No IPO or funding talks  —  (Reuters) - Twitter has no plan to go public in the near future and does not need additional funds because it is making money, the co-founder of the popular microblogging site said.  —  Biz Stone also dismissed reports JPMorgan Chase & Co …
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.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Politics Seen to Limit E.P.A. as It Sets Rules for Natural Gas  —  When Congress considered whether to regulate more closely the handling of wastes from oil and gas drilling in the 1980s, it turned to the Environmental Protection Agency to research the matter.
Discussion: Philly.com
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich's route: 2012 path paved with questions  —  Newt Gingrich appears poised to become the first major Republican to enter the race for president, a step that would give him a first-mover advantage in a slow-forming GOP field .  —  He'll need it.
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 …
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Lobbyists join redistricting in N.Y.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Anthony Weiner Berates, Belittles, and Insults Megyn Kelly During Interview
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Videos become a weapon in Wisconsin fight
JSOnline:
State budget talks hold promise, then halt
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and American Power
The Politico:
Senate ramps up Ensign probe
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
Officials Disagree on Penalties for Mortgage Mess
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The Wisconsin protesters are losing their grip on reality.
BBC:
Libya revolt: Fresh air strikes in Brega
Discussion: The Page
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The Decline of U.S. Naval Power
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Proposed Texas immigration law contains convenient loophole for ‘the help’
ArtsBeat:
Taymor Feeling the Heat Over ‘Spider-Man’
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Bibi van der Zee / Guardian:
Climate Camp disbanded
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ABCNEWS:
U.S. Troops Attacked at Frankfurt Airport