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9:50 AM ET, March 4, 2011


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Hiding senators held in contempt; layoff notices to go out today  —  By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Pressure ratcheted up on absent Senate Democrats on Thursday, as they were found in contempt by GOP senators and Gov. Scott Walker …
Demonstrators suddenly enter Capitol
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, POWIP and Althouse
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Wisconsin Governor Says He Will Begin Issuing Layoff Warnings to Unions
Discussion: In the Arena
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Soldier in Leaks Case Was Jailed Naked, Lawyer Says  —  WASHINGTON — A lawyer for Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking secret government files to WikiLeaks, has complained that his client was stripped and left naked in his cell for seven hours on Wednesday.
Army Court-Martial Defense Specialist / The Law Office …:
PFC Manning Forced to Strip Naked  —  Last night, PFC Manning was inexplicably stripped of all clothing by the Quantico Brig. He remained in his cell, naked, for the next seven hours.  At 5:00 a.m., the Brig sounded the wake-up call for the detainees.  At this point, PFC Manning was forced to stand naked at the front of his cell.
State says damage to marble at Capitol could hit $7.5 million  —  Madison - State officials said Thursday that damage to the marble inside and out the State Capitol would cost an estimated $7.5 million.  —  Cari Anne Renlund, chief legal counsel for the state Department of Administration …
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico  —  ATF agent says “Fast and Furious” program let guns “walk” into hands of Mexican drug cartels with aim of tracking and breaking a big case  —  WASHINGTON - Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief.
Des Moines Register:
Exploring run in 2012, Donald Trump plans Iowa visit  —  New York billionaire Donald Trump said in a Des Moines Register interview Thursday that he expects to visit Iowa soon, likely before his self-imposed June deadline for seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Burns / Reuters:
Newt Gingrich's rough week
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Gingrich 2012 Website Uses Kennedy Stock Photo
Jim Demint / Wall Street Journal:
Public Broadcasting Should Go Private  —  If these outfits can afford to pay lavish salaries to their heads, they don't need taxpayer help.  —  When presidents of government-funded broadcasting are making more than the president of the United States, it's time to get the government out of public broadcasting.
James Lindgren / National Review:
A New Strategy for Wisconsin  —  On February 17, the 14 Democratic members of the Wisconsin senate fled across the state line to the Best Western Clock Tower Resort in Rockford, Ill., the city in which I grew up.  They were denying Republicans a three-fifths quorum on a bill that would restrict public unions in Wisconsin.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Wisconsin Senate Does Not Need a 3/5ths Quorum to Pass Much of the Budget Bill
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and protein wisdom
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
James Franco Straddles Two Roles at Yale  —  On Sunday night he was in Hollywood, as co-host of the Oscar telecast in black tie.  At 9 the next morning, he was in a Starbucks in New Haven, hunched over a book and barely recognizable in a gray sweatshirt, but still wearing his tuxedo pants.
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Aims to Tame Benefits Programs  —  Boehner Promises Entitlement Review  —  WASHINGTON—House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that he's determined to offer a budget this spring that curbs Social Security and Medicare, despite the political risks, and that Republicans will try to persuade voters that sacrifices are needed.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Added 192,000 Jobs in February; Rate at 8.9%  —  America's job engine picked up some steam last month.  —  The nation's employers added 192,000 jobs in February, after having added just 63,000 the previous month, the Labor Department reported on Friday.  —  The February number was about what economists had been forecasting.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama administration prepares for possibility of new post-revolt Islamist regimes  —  The Obama administration is preparing for the prospect that Islamist governments will take hold in North Africa and the Middle East, acknowledging that the popular revolutions there will bring a more religious cast to the region's politics.
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”?
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Sununu: I'll Work Against Huntsman  —  HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. — Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu is no fan of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and intends to work against him in the Granite State's Republican presidential primary if he decides to launch a bid for the White House this cycle.
Discussion:, The Hill and GOP 12
The Hill:
Republicans ramp up push to block EPA climate regulations  —  Republicans unveiled legislation that strips the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, a move that escalates the GOP's attack on the White House environmental and energy agenda.
Discussion: SENATUS
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
How to Kill a Recovery  —  The economic news has been better lately.  New claims for unemployment insurance are down; business and consumer surveys suggest solid growth.  We're still near the bottom of a very deep hole, but at least we're climbing.  —  It's too bad that so many people …
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 …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
House appropriator: We know how to get around earmark ban  —  A House Democrat indicated Thursday that lawmakers are getting around the new ban on earmarks by convincing Obama administration officials to fund their pet projects.  —  Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), an appropriator …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Economists: State, local pension funds understate shortfall by $1.5 trillion or more  —  The pension funds for state and local workers in the United States are understating the amount they will owe workers by $1.5 trillion or more, according to some economists who have studied the issue …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Peter Schmidt / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Ohio Senate Votes to Deny Collective-Bargaining Rights to Most Public-College Professors  —  A bill narrowly approved by the Ohio Senate on Wednesday contains even worse news for public colleges' labor unions than they had feared: In addition to scaling back the collective-bargaining rights …
Discussion: Law Librarian Blog and Plunderbund
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
Judge Stays Own Ruling Against Health Care Law  —  A federal judge in Florida on Thursday issued a stay of his own ruling against the Obama health care act, allowing the law to remain fully in effect while being appealed, eventually to the Supreme Court.  —  The Florida case …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama weaker than 2008 but still solid in Wisconsin  —  Wisconsin is one state where Barack Obama definitely seems to be weaker than he was in 2008, but he would still win it comfortably if he had to stand for election today if not quite by the lofty margin he did last time around.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Jeff Maysh / Daily Mail:
Hot shot: Meet Regis, 19-year-old big game huntress who's America's deadliest teen
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Jawa Report
Michael Wines / New York Times:
China Resumes Rapid Increase in Military Spending
Discussion: The Page
Scott / Power Line:
Uncloudy day on the budget front
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Panel OKs federal abortion funding bill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Billy House /
Dems Decry Continued Funding for ‘Bridges to Nowhere’
Aharding / CNN:
Last WWI vet likely not to have Capitol Rotunda honor
 Earlier Items: 
Jay Lindsay / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Harvard to Let ROTC Back on Campus
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Former Koch Exec Supplying House's New Styrofoam Cups
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
At Orange County Hate Rally, GOP Councilwoman Says She Wants Marines To Send Muslim Families To ‘Paradise’
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Katie McLaughlin / CNN:
Matt Damon: Not a fan of Obama
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and The Daily Caller