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7:10 PM ET, March 7, 2011


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Domenico Montanaro /
Reversal of fortune in Wisconsin  —  Domenico Montanaro writes:Over the weekend, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said the fight in Wisconsin has “aroused a sleeping giant” for union rights across the country.  —  But the fight may have aroused a different “sleeping giant” …
Walker: Border meeting with Dems ‘ridiculous’  —  (CNN) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday dismissed as “ridiculous” a letter from a Democratic state Senate leader who suggested a meeting “near the Wisconsin-Illinois border” to discuss the state's budget impasse.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper / The Atlantic Online:
At a Wisconsin Town Hall, the Mood Turns Against Compromise  —  REEDSBURG, Wisc.  — At a town hall meeting held in this rural community on Sunday afternoon, Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz faced loud opposition to a proposed compromise he said could end the legislative stalemate …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
The Note:
Wisconsin Standoff Intensifies: Governor Scott Walker Will Not Relent on Collective Bargaining Rights …
Discussion: TPMDC and Zandar Versus The Stupid
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Conservative group files suit against Hastings, alleging sexual harassment  —  A conservative public-interest group filed a lawsuit on Monday against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) alleging that he sexually harassed a former female staff member.  —  For two years, while Hastings served …
Discussion: The Note
Fhardingj / CNN:
Florida congressman sued for alleged sexual harassment
Discussion: Post on Politics
Jackie Long / BBC:
Will Sarah Palin run for president and can she win?  —  Ms Palin outlines factors that will influence whether she enters the running  —  Sarah Palin, one of the best known and most controversial figures in American politics, told BBC Newsnight she was weighing up whether the US was ready for an …
Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin's gun-toting stalker arrested by FBI 50 miles from politician's home
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cops, FBI: No arrest in Palin stalker case
Discussion: BBC, Washington Post and
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Ensign to Announce Retirement  —  Sen. John Ensign is expected to announce at an afternoon news conference in Las Vegas that he will retire rather than face a brutal 2012 re-election campaign, according to knowledgeable sources.  —  The Nevada Republican, who has been embattled since revealing …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Plagued by scandal, Sen. Ensign announces he will retire in 2012
Jonathan Turley / Los Angeles Times:
Clarence Thomas' dangerous conceit  —  The Supreme Court justice argues that criticism of him is an attack on the court itself.  But a single justice doesn't define the institution.  —  Louis XIV of France was infamous for his view that there was no distinction between himself and the state …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
High court turns aside another lawsuit questioning Obama citizenship
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
The liberal campaign against SCOTUS conservatives
Discussion: Hot Air and AmSpecBlog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The frontrunner-less Republican presidential field  —  For months now, it's been clear that the 2012 Republican presidential field lacks a strong frontrunner.  —  A case can be made for how either former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) or Mike Huckabee (Ark.) — or even former Gov. Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Yglesias and Eunomia
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Obama restarts Guantanamo trials  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama approved Monday the resumption of military trials for detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ending a two-year ban.  —  It was the latest acknowledgement that the detention facility Obama had vowed …
White House shifts Guantanamo policy
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama's hard line on leaks  —  The Obama administration, which famously pledged to be the most transparent in American history, is pursuing an unexpectedly aggressive legal offensive against federal workers who leak secret information to expose wrongdoing, highlight national security threats or pursue a personal agenda.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kucinich: Gates will have ‘blot’ on record for Manning detainment  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) warned Monday that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates would have a “blot” on his record over the detention of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified documents later published by WikiLeaks.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Gates, Petraeus Joke About Launching an Attack on Libya
Michelle Malkin:
Missing: Marizela Perez  —  I just got off the phone with my family.  —  This is my beautiful cousin, Marizela Perez:  —  She is a University of Washington undergrad and she has been missing since Saturday afternoon, when she left the Rainier Beach neighborhood headed to the UW Seattle campus.
Dara Kam / Palm Beach Post:
Gov. Rick Scott's proposed education budget: $1.75 billion in cuts  —  TALLAHASSEE — Is a $2,335-a-year pay cut for the average teacher worth a $44.72 property tax savings for the average Florida homeowner with a homestead exemption?  —  That's a key question behind the math …
Discussion: Daily Kos
David J. Lynch / Bloomberg:
Bonds Show Why Boehner Saying We're Broke Is Figure of Speech  —  House Speaker John Boehner routinely offers this diagnosis of the U.S.'s fiscal condition: “We're broke; Broke going on bankrupt,” he said in a Feb. 28 speech in Nashville.  —  Boehner's assessment dominates a debate …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump trip financing in question  —  A lawyer for Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, told reporters in Iowa today that his trip — on the Trump corporate jet — had been financed by a business supporter and booster of Trump's, Stewart Rahr.  —  The trip poses a serious campaign finance issue for Trump …
Art Robinson / WorldNetDaily:
Democrats attack Republican candidate's children  —  In an effort to do my part in rescuing our country from the out-of-control Obama administration, last year I ran for Congress in Oregon's 4th District against 12-term incumbent, far-left Democrat Peter DeFazio, co-founder of the House Progressive Caucus.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Discovered: The Happiest Man in America  —  For the last three years, Gallup has called 1,000 randomly selected American adults each day and asked them about their emotional status, work satisfaction, eating habits, illnesses, stress levels and other indicators of their quality of life.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Why Monogamy Matters  —  Social conservatives can seem like the perennial pessimists of American politics — more comfortable with resignation than with hope, perpetually touting evidence of family breakdown, social disintegration and civilizational decline.  —  But even doomsayers get the occasional dose of good news.
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Supreme Court Overrules Kafkaesque DNA Decision  —  If any principle seems to guide the Texas legal system, it seems to be “establish a Catch-22 wherever possible.”  The latest example can be seen in Skinner v. Switzer, a case in which Texas refused an individual convicted of a capital crime access …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Government posts biggest monthly deficit ever  —  Glen Perkins delivers copies of the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget to the Senate Budget Committee hearing room in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.  President Barack Obama will send Congress a $3.7 trillion budget that would reduce deficits …
New York Times:
Holding Firm on the Budget  —  After letting a highly destructive budget fight fester far too long, the White House finally stepped in late last week to negotiate with the House, which wants to eviscerate nondefense spending.  Senate leaders still seem shell-shocked by that breathtaking ruthlessness …
David Brooks:
Hello  —  Tom Wolfe was once asked, What is the most important change of your lifetime?  He is purported to have answered, “Oh, that's easy.  Co-ed dorms.”  —  My own gloss on that answer is that we spend a lot of our time debating political events and the choices leaders make.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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Giffords aides tout Kyl after shooting
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Paying Teachers Too Much? Or Too Little?
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Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Scott Brown Begs David Koch For Money
Discussion: Politicususa, Wonk Room and Gawker
Gary Hart / The Huffington Post:
Fiction in Foreign Policy
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Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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