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9:45 PM ET, March 3, 2011


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Walker says layoff notices coming Friday; Senate Democrats found in contempt by GOP  —  By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Pressure ratcheted up on absent Senate Democrats Thursday, as they were found in contempt by GOP senators …
Gov. Scott Walker Issues Layoff Notices in Wisconsin  —  Threatens to Lay Off at Least 1,500 State Workers if His ‘Budget-Repair Bill’ Isn't Passed  —  Layoff notices to at least 1,500 Wisconsin state workers will start going out as early as Friday if the state legislature doesn't pass …
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Russell Berman / The Hill:
As spending talks begin, Democrats tell GOP, we have already met you half way
Discussion: The Politico
The Note:   Wisconsin Republicans Threaten Missing Dems With Contempt; Stalemate Takes “Ugly Turn”
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich on 2012: ‘We will look at this very seriously’  —  ATLANTA — Newt Gingrich said on Thursday he is “seriously” considering a 2012 presidential run and unveiled a website to explore a potential bid for the White House.  —  The former House Speaker is the first major Republican candidate to open such an exploratory effort.
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Gingrich 2012 Website Uses Kennedy Stock Photo
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich launches website, has no other announcement
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge Roger Vinson issues stay of own ruling  —  U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Thursday that implementation of the health law can proceed — but he gave the Obama administration just seven days to file an appeal.  —  Vinson issued a stay of his own Jan. 31 ruling that declared …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Judge hardens health ruling, then delays it
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fewer Are Angry at Government, But Discontent Remains High  —  Republicans, Tea Party Supporters More Mellow  —  The public remains deeply frustrated with the federal government, but fewer Americans say they are angry at government than did so last fall.  Overall, the percentage saying …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Public Opinion Is So Gay
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin Poll: Support for Budget Cutting, Not for Weakening Collective Bargaining Rights  —  Most Wisconsin voters oppose efforts to weaken collective bargaining rights for union workers but a plurality are supportive of significant pay cuts for state workers.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rasmussen: Walker Flailing  —  Rasmussen is out with a new poll that is frankly just devastating for Gov. Walker.  Just devastating.  We'll have a full write up momentarily.  (Update: Here's our write-up.)  But the thing that stuck out to me was the age distribution.
Kara Spak / Chicago Sun Times:
Northwestern University defends after-class live sex demonstration  —  More than 100 Northwestern University students watched as a naked 25-year-old woman was penetrated by a sex toy wielded by her fiancee during an after-class session of the school's popular “Human Sexuality” class.
Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
Sam Arora's disgraceful wavering on marriage equality in Maryland  —  Around 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Maryland House Del. Sam Arora (D-Montgomery County) — who raised a ton of cash from the gay community and progressives based on his stance on marriage equality and who is a co-sponsor …
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:   Sam Arora deletes Twitter post of 1 month ago supporting marriage equality
Officials say it'll cost $7.5 million to clean up glue, tape, posters left from protesters  —  Damage to marble is biggest cost  —  It could cost as much as $7.5 million to repair damage protesters have done to the Capitol Building marble say officials in Madison.
New York Post:
Gunning for Eliot  —  Eliot Spitzer's resurrection — from the disgraced gov ernor better known as Cli ent 9 to CNN talk-show host — has the political class buzzing about him running for mayor in 2013.  Wilder still, one of his former targets is talking about running against him.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Anti-Muslim Protestor Throws Crosses At Feet Of Man Praying By White House (VIDEO)  —  A group of anti-Sharia protestors who planned to counter-protest the planned pro-Sharia rally by the radical provocateur Anjem Choudary in front of the White House on Thursday found themselves without an opponent to debate.
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Wisconsin Senate Does Not Need a 3/5ths Quorum to Pass Much of the Budget Bill  —  I have a new paper up on SSRN-Super Quorums Under the Wisconsin Constitution-that examines the constitutional three-fifths quorum requirement in Wisconsin.  It applies only to particular kinds of fiscal bills …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Sheriff deputies find live ammunition outside Capitol  —  MORE (2)  —  Dozens of rounds of live ammunition were found outside the Capitol Thursday morning, law enforcement officials said.  —  Dane County deputies found 11 rounds near the State street entrance Thursday morning, said UW-Madison Police Chief Susan Riseling.
Katie McLaughlin / CNN:
Matt Damon: Not a fan of Obama  —  Watch the full interview with Matt Damon and the cast of “The Adjustment Bureau” tonight.  “Piers Morgan Tonight” airs weeknights on CNN/US at 9 p.m. ET and on CNN International at 1200 GMT/1300 CET/2000 HKT.  —  (CNN) — When CNN's Piers Morgan asked actor Matt Damon …
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Senate Democrat sponsors GOP bill to block EPA climate rules  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a vocal critic of the Environmental Protection Agency, has signed on as a co-sponsor of Republican legislation to permanently block the agency's climate rules.  —  The addition of Manchin …
Bryan Polcyn / WITI:
Government e-mails reveal plot to stall budget repair bill  —  Madison mayor tried to get bill stalled while he signed new contracts  —  Before protesters stormed the capitol, the mayor of the city of Madison tried to pull a fast one.  The governor's budget repair bill was on the fast track …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Blogger From Koch's Law Firm Defends Koch, Doesn't Disclose Ties  —  Fighting back against public scrutiny, Koch Industries is relying on a small army of conservative bloggers, reporters, and lobbyists.  Chief among them is John Hinderaker, a blogger at the “Powerline Blog.”
Aharding / CNN:
Last WWI vet likely not to have Capitol Rotunda honor  —  Washington (CNN) - The last living U.S. World War I veteran, who passed away this week, will receive an honors burial at Arlington National Ceremony, but he likely will not be honored in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as many had hoped.
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Why Washington Doesn't Care About Jobs  —  This article appeared in the March 21, 2011 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by  —  Remember when everyone agreed that what the American people wanted from Washington was, in John Boehner's words, a “relentless focus on creating jobs”?
Discussion: Open Congress and Mother Jones
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Less Drama in White House After Staff Changes  —  WASHINGTON — When Rahm Emanuel was White House chief of staff, the decision about what President Obama would say in the short address he delivers via radio and the Internet each Saturday changed so often that speechwriters would wait until Friday to write.
Pigeon O'Brien / The Huffington Post:
How the Edwards Affair Ended Up in the Enquirer  —  Lisa Druck was trouble.  You'd run into her at Nell's where we all tended to hang out and she'd be in a panic.  Some guy would be running from her, taxiing quickly to another club.  She'd storm the bathrooms and you could hear her voice …
Discussion: WTVD-TV and The Wire
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Huckabee Attacks Natalie Portman For Glamorizing “Out Of Wedlock Births”  —  In a radio appearance on Monday, Mike Huckabee attacked actress Natalie Portman for having a child “out of wedlock.”  Huckabee said that it's “troubling” to see people like “Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ohio senator: GOP tries to take down unions, and so did Hitler and Stalin  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) took to the Senate floor Thursday to defend labor unions, saying that dictators like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin opposed them.  —  Brown said that unions have wrongly come under attack …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
To Surly, With Love: Are Teachers Overpaid?  —  Public school teachers are at the forefront of protests against state budget cuts and restrictions on collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Ohio, and elsewhere.  —  Teachers have a lot to lose.
Discussion: MarketWatch, Hot Air and Instapundit
Firefighters denied access to Capitol during emergency call  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Security is so restrictive at the state Capitol that firefighters were denied access to the building during an emergency call Tuesday, one of the firefighters said Thursday.
Brady McCombs / Arizona Daily Star:
Records show agents fired beanbags in fatal border gunfight  —  Border Patrol agents shot beanbags at a group of suspected bandits before the men returned fire during a confrontation in a remote canyon, killing agent Brian Terry with a single gunshot, records show.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Tea party leader: John Boehner should go  —  A national tea party group is in revolt against House Speaker John Boehner and wants to see him defeated in a 2012 primary, arguing that he looks “like a fool” in the debate over spending cuts and makes less sense than actor Charlie Sheen.
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