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4:00 PM ET, March 6, 2011


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Russell Berman / The Hill:
White House lavishes praise on Huntsman's support for Obama  —  The White House is showing no signs of letting up on its campaign for Ambassador Jon Huntsman's presidential prospects - if anything, it's in pile-on mode.  —  Chief of Staff Bill Daley on Sunday heaped praise on Huntsman (R) …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
McConnell lashes out at White House: 'Where's the leadership?'  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) charged Sunday that the White House is not serious about reaching a budget agreement with Republicans.  —  “Our national debt is now the size of our economy,” McConnell said on CBS' “Face the Nation.”
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Politico
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama's 2012 reelection team gets moving
Discussion: Pundit Press
New York Times:
State Workers and N.Y.'s Fiscal Crisis  —  At a time when public school students are being forced into ever more crowded classrooms, and poor families will lose state medical benefits, New York State is paying 10 times more for state employees' pensions than it did just a decade ago.
Sara Just / ABCNEWS:
Tina Brown to Reveal Overhaul of Newsweek on ‘This Week’  —  Legendary Editor Unveils Newly Revamped Magazine After Merger with ‘Daily Beast’  —  Tina Brown will be revealing the first look at the newly redesigned Newsweek magazine this morning on 'This Week with Christiane Amanpour.
Discussion: Pundit Press
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Redesigned Newsweek on stands Monday  —  Tina Brown's redesigned Newsweek will hit newsstands and the iTunes App Store on Monday, March 7, and Brown plans to reveal the cover Sunday morning on ABC's “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” The Cutline has learned.
Washington Post:
The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits.  It's about labor's influence.  —  Political scientists and explain how weakening unions will gut the middle class  —  The battle between Republicans and labor unions in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states is ostensibly about public workers' pay, benefits and bargaining rights.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and EconLog
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
A Liberal Is a Villager Who's Been Screwed By a Mortgage Servicer  —  Dana “the mark” Milbank of the Washington Post  —  The past week has seen a pronounced evolution in the writing of Dana Milbank.  Earlier in the week he severely criticized the incestuous relationship between the political …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Behind the foreclosure crisis, big banks' reign of error
Discussion: Yglesias
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Fox Hosts Hate-Church Lawyer Who Claims Obama Is ‘The Beast Spoken Of In The Revelation’  —  Earlier this week, the Supreme Court held that even the most repulsive hate speech — Westboro Baptist Church's anti-gay rallies at military funerals — is entitled to First Amendment protection.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Mitt Romney's prescription for ‘Obamacare’: Repeal it  —  BARTLETT, N.H.—Mitt Romney repeatedly called for the repeal of “Obamacare” in a Saturday night speech to New Hampshire Republicans, even as the former Massachusetts governor admitted his own state's health care program “wasn't perfect.”
Free Strong America PAC:
Governor Romney's Remarks at the Carroll County Lincoln Day Dinner
Discussion: Cold Fury and
Associated Press:   Romney Slams President Obama's Health Care Law
Moore: Protesters have ‘aroused a sleeping giant’  —  Protesters in Madison have “aroused a sleeping giant” in the national fight for workers' rights, filmmaker Michael Moore told thousands at the Capitol Square on Saturday, as rallies opposing Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposals wrapped up their third week.
Jamey Keaten / Associated Press:
Former French President Chirac to stand trial  —  PARIS - After years of claiming presidential immunity to avoid legal proceedings, Jacques Chirac is finally facing a court.  —  The former president, a bugaboo for George W. Bush during his rush to war in Iraq, on Monday becomes France's …
Discussion: POWIP
Jessica Ravitz / CNN:
Caravans spread ‘awesome news’ world's coming to end  —  From Jacksonville to Tampa, Florida (CNN) — If you thought you had less than three perfectly healthy months to live, what would you do?  Would you travel?  Spend time with loved ones?  Appreciate the joy life has given you?
Discussion: Politicususa
The Independent:
Scientist Imam threatened over Darwinist views  —  A prominent British imam has been forced to retract his claims that Islam is compatible with Darwin's theory of evolution after receiving death threats from fundamentalists.  —  Dr Usama Hasan, a physics lecturer at Middlesex University …
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Michael Scheuer / Washington Post:
Why the Mideast revolts will help al-Qaeda
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Scott Walker's Budget Defunds Planned Parenthood, Targets Contraception Access
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Talk Doesn't Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy
Discussion: TalkLeft and Suburban Guerrilla
TRENDING: Sen. Alexander: Donald Trump has ‘no chance of winning’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Arid Uka's Gratitude
Discussion: Cold Fury
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Bush adviser defends ‘difficult’ but ‘good’ deal on Libya relations
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items:
Teachers rally draws thousands to Capitol
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
It's Time to Face the Fiscal Illusion
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
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MERS? It May Have Swallowed Your Loan
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Republicans in solid shape to take control of Senate next year