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6:20 PM ET, March 5, 2011


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Garrett Tenney / Fox News:
Exclusive: NASA Scientist Claims Evidence of Alien Life on Meteorite  —  A photograph taken through a scanning electron microscope of a CI1 meteorite is similar in size and overall structure to the giant bacterium Titanospirillum velox, an organism found here on planet Earth, a NASA scientist said.
Brian M. Carney / Wall Street Journal:
Why America Will Stay on Top  —  Eminent historian Paul Johnson on Sarah Palin, the tea party, and ‘baddies’ from Napoleon to Gadhafi.  —  London  —  In his best-selling history of the 20th century, “Modern Times,” British historian Paul Johnson describes “a significant turning-point in American history …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Romney calls for ‘a new president’  —  Mitt Romney, speaking in New Hampshire on Saturday night for the first time since the midterms, plans a direct attack on President Barack Obama and what Romney has been calling “the Obama Misery Index.”  —  Romney, in the unofficial kickoff …
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
A whole new Romney for 2012 presidential run
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney to criticize ‘Obama Misery Index’ in address to GOP in early primary state
Discussion: CNN
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Sexual Sadist Denise Barnes Strips Bradley Manning Naked Over Sarcastic Quip  —  Bradley Manning's attorney, David Coombs, writes about the true reason Bradley Manning is being stripped each night and forced to report naked each morning in the same way prisoners were tortured at Abu Graib:
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin gets snippy when O'Reilly tries to press her on aid cutbacks to Alaska's poor  —  It's hard to say why it happened, but all of a sudden Bill O'Reilly decided last night to stop tossing Sarah Palin the usual softball questions and Hannity Jobs she's become accustomed to during her tenure at Fox News.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
REPORT: Five Things Unions Have Done For All Americans  —  Main Street Movement consisting of ordinary Americans fed up with living in such an unequal country has fought back.  —  Conservatives have sought to malign this movement by claiming that it is simply defending the parochial interests …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
As storm nears and temps rise, Obama hits golf course for first time this year  —  In a sign that spring is nearing in Washington, President Obama hit the golf course Saturday.  —  Storm clouds have been brewing all day, but the temperature was expected to hit 60 degrees.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Wisconsin Tea Party Members Plan “It's Time to Take Out the Trash Day” at WI Capitol (Video)  —  Wisconsin tea party members are planning a “It's Time to Take out the Trash Day” at the Wisconsin State Capitol to clean up after the smelly slobs who defaced the capitol building during their two weeks of protesting and sleepovers.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and the spotlight-chasing candidates of 2012  —  If pessimism is not creeping on little cat's feet into Republicans' thinking about their 2012 presidential prospects, that is another reason for pessimism.  This is because it indicates they do not understand …
Nearly 4000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes in Egypt, Torch Church  —  (AINA) — A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George.
Chicago Sun Times:
Todd Stroger applies for unemployment benefits  —  Like thousands of Illinoisans who have lost their jobs, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has applied for unemployment benefits.  —  But newly minted Board President Toni Preckwinkle's administration officially “protested” the claim with the state's unemployment agency.
Discussion: and The New Editor
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Brett Coughlin / The Politico:
Sources: Democrats giving up on Donald Berwick
Discussion: National Review and RedState
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Maher: Charlie Sheen's Childish, Needlessly Defensive, Nonsensical Behavior Like Sarah Palin on Coke
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Soldier in Leaks Case Will Be Made to Sleep Naked Nightly
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Wavers on ‘Regime Change’
Jesse Emspak / International Business Times:
Libya Blocks Internet Traffic
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
For City's Transportation Chief, Kudos and Criticism
Discussion: Gothamist
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Sherrod Brown apologizes for Hitler comment
Discussion: Don Surber and Scared Monkeys