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4:00 PM ET, March 5, 2011


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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 …
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.
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
A whole new Romney for 2012 presidential run  —  The early Republican favorite is wearing Gap skinny jeans and going tieless on network TV.  But despite his makeover, he still has a hard time connecting with voters.  —  Romney at the Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Florida.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Romney to criticize ‘Obama Misery Index’ in address to GOP in early primary state  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will hit President Obama's economic policies and handling of the recession hard in a speech in New Hampshire on Saturday night.  —  Speaking at the Carroll County Lincoln …
Discussion: CNN
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Romney calls for ‘a new president’
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 …
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:
Discussion: Salon, and Emptywheel
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Wavers on ‘Regime Change’  —  WASHINGTON—After weeks of internal debate on how to respond to uprisings in the Arab world, the Obama administration is settling on a Middle East strategy: help keep longtime allies who are willing to reform in power, even if that means the full democratic demands …
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
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 …
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.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Sherrod Brown apologizes for Hitler comment  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), under heat for invoking Adolf Hitler in talking about anti-union movements in his home state and Wisconsin, has apologized for making the comparison on the Senate floor.  —  “I am passionate about fighting for the middle class.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Soldier in Leaks Case Will Be Made to Sleep Naked Nightly  —  WASHINGTON — Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking government files to WikiLeaks, will be stripped of his clothing every night as a “precautionary measure” to prevent him from injuring himself …
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
Isthmus|The Daily Page:
Isthmus, Wisconsin Associated Press sue Gov. Scott Walker over access to emails  —  Isthmus newspaper and the Wisconsin Associated Press today filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker over his office's failure to respond to open records requests regarding emails received by his office.
Media sue Walker for release of e-mails
Discussion: First Draft
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Maher: Charlie Sheen's Childish, Needlessly Defensive, Nonsensical Behavior Like Sarah Palin on Coke
Jesse Emspak / International Business Times:
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
For City's Transportation Chief, Kudos and Criticism
Discussion: Gothamist
Wen Jiabao Sees Billionaires When Communists Convene as Wealth Gap Widens
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Tim Lockette / Anniston Star:
Legislation would ban Islamic law in Alabama courts
Alan Farnham / ABCNEWS:
Jobless Picture Improves, but Not for Everyone
Discussion: Moe Lane
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Gaffney, Jones Fight For Soul Of Anti-Sharia Movement At Rally By White House (VIDEO)
Michelle Malkin:
Hey, Eric Holder: Meet My People
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Nice Deb