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2:00 PM ET, March 8, 2011


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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals  —  A man who appears to be a senior National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.  —  “The current Republican Party …
David Weigel / Slate:
James O'Keefe Versus NPR  —  The video sting artiste publishes the latest work from his shop — a covertly taped interview with then-NPR Foundation senior VP for development Ron Schiller and current senior director of institutional giving Betsy Liley.  Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar posed …
James O'Keefe's Project Veritas:
Project Veritas Investigates: NPR  —  Project Veritas' latest investigation focuses on the publically-funded media organization, National Public Radio.  PV investigative reporters, Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar posed as members of the Muslim Action Education Center, a non-existent group with a goal to …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
NPR CEO: We're a lot more seriously racist, xenophobic conservative than you think
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NPR responds to executive's comments
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Undercover video and fundraising
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and AlterNet
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Undercover video: NPR exec says NPR would be “far better off” without federal funds
Lachlan Markay /   NPR's Schiller Denies Liberal Bias, But Station's Content, Policies, Board Say Otherwise
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. King on hearing critics: ‘Why are they attacking me in such a rabid way?’  —  The House Homeland Security Committee chairman blasted the mainstream media on Tuesday, calling outlets “irresponsible” for criticizing the panel's planned hearing on radicalization in the U.S. Muslim community.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
NY Daily News:
Rep. Pete King is right, say feds and cops: We don't get many tips from Muslim community
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The left wigs out about hearings on Islamic radicalization
Discussion: ThinkProgress and protein wisdom
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Blaming Democrats' ‘lack of action,’ GOP prepares a second stopgap  —  House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says Republicans are preparing to move a second short-term funding measure to avert a potential government shutdown.  —  McCarthy told reporters Tuesday morning the Senate does …
Discussion: National Review and The Page
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican: Dem-backed programs targeted for cuts
Discussion: Bloomberg and Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House GOP leader says healthcare fight won't drag down Romney
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Discord Fills Washington on Possible Libya Intervention  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly three weeks after Libya erupted in what may now turn into a protracted civil war, the politics of military intervention to speed the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi grow more complicated by the day — for both the White House and Republicans.
Rasmussen Reports:
63% Say U.S. Should Stay Out of Libya Crisis
Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin Voters Oppose Weakening Collective Bargaining Rights in General But Strongly Support Specific Changes
Peter Maer / CBS News:
White House memo notes shortage of applicants for contest to have Obama to speak at high school graduation  —  The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Why I'd Place My Bet on Tim Pawlenty  —  With few declared candidates and no clear frontrunner, the Republican presidential primary appears to be as muddled as ever.  But I actually think things are shaking out in a way as to clear the path for Tim Pawlenty.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No guts, no glory: GOP should heed lesson of '91
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Ratifies Bush
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Drive to recall Wisconsin GOP senators gaining steam, Dems say  —  So how's the drive to recall Wisconsin GOP state senators going?  If these new numbers the Wisconsin Democratic Party shares with me are accurate, it's already exceeding expectations in a big way.
New York Times:
Florida Republicans Are at Odds With Their Leader  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Rick Scott, the conservative Republican billionaire who plucked the governor's job from the party establishment in November with $73 million of his own money and the backing of the Tea Party, vowed during his campaign …
Intruder calls 911, afraid homeowner may have gun  —  (CNN) — This time it was the intruder who called 911.  —  A man who broke into a house in Portland, Oregon, called police — afraid the homeowner may have a gun.  —  The suspect, Timothy James Chapek, was in the bathroom taking a shower …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Obama's debt expert yells at kids  —  Alan Simpson referred to Snoop Dogg (left) and Eminem (right) in his tirade.  —  AP Photo  —  Alan Simpson might need to freshen up on his pop culture.  —  The co-chairman of President Obama's deficit commission tried to scold the elderly on Monday …
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Drawing U.S. Crowds With Anti-Islam Message  —  FORT WORTH — Brigitte Gabriel bounced to the stage at a Tea Party convention last fall.  She greeted the crowd with a loud Texas “Yee-HAW,” then launched into the same gripping personal story she has told in hundreds of churches, synagogues and conference rooms across the United States:
Wall Street Journal:
Caterpillar's Problem With Peoria  —  Why an American icon is looking beyond Illinois for its future.  —  Just over 100 ago, the company we know as Caterpillar began building track-type tractors at a plant on the banks of the Illinois River.  From these humble origins in East Peoria …
Capitol Chaos: Protesters Shut Down Wauwatosa Town Hall  —  WAUWATOSA - Budget protesters shut down a town hall meeting in Wauwatosa.  —  “Shame, shame, shame” were among the words that came out of protesters mouths as the meeting ended, according to a video taken at the meeting that was placed on YouTube.
Discussion: The Hill, TPMDC and AFL-CIO NOW BLOG
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Mitt Romney, the most transparent candidate  —  We're all for transparency these days, and if anything is transparently clear about American politics, it is that Mitt Romney will do or say anything to become president.  The best guess is that at heart he is an old-fashioned, business-oriented Republican.
Discussion: The Note and The Daily Dish
New York Times:
Libyan Rebels Set Back in Key City by Qaddafi Forces' Assault  —  RAS LANUF, Libya — Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi seemed to be gathering momentum as they renewed their onslaught on both the eastern and western fronts on Tuesday, threatening the western city of Zawiyah …
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Corey Kilgannon / City Room:
14 Pit Bulls Rescued From Fiery Bronx Apartment
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Rusty Weiss /
CAIR - Distorting Facts, Videos, and Reality
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Two U.S. Marshals, One Cop Wounded in St. Louis Shootout
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and
Laura Clawson / Daily Kos:
Michelle Rhee supports many of Scott Walker's anti-teacher measures
John Tierney / New York Times:
When Energy Efficiency Sullies the Environment
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dems: Congress's Styrofoam cups could cause cancer
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Bachmann will decide on run in ‘early summer’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, USA Today and The Page
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Mortgage Settlement Term Sheet: Bailout as Reward for Institutionalized Fraud
Discussion: Credit Slips
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
‘Spider-Man’ Director May Face Her Own Exit
Discussion: PopEater, The Wire and Gothamist
New York Times:
Too Long to Wait  —  Seven months have passed since Proposition 8 …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and Daily Kos
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Fire Teachers?  —  ED Kain has been blogging a lot …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Joanne Jacobs
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Tea party steeped in redistricting
Discussion: Right Wing News