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11:30 AM ET, March 7, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
Democrats to End Union Standoff  —  Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Dems Deny WSJ Report Of Imminent Return  —  Wisconsin state Senate Democrats, who have fled the state in order to block budget quorum on Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union proposals, are walking back reports in the Wall Street Journal that they plan to return to the state.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
How Boehner is playing the Democrats  —  Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.”  It's a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads it to back down to avoid the wreckage your rage might let loose.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Talks to Resolve Wisconsin Battle Falter  —  CHICAGO - Talks appear to have broken down between Wisconsin's Democratic state senators and representatives of Gov. Scott Walker, whose plan to cut collective bargaining rights and benefits for public workers has created a major battle in the state …
Discussion: New York Magazine and PolitiCal
First Read /
Reversal of fortune in Wisconsin  —  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” — the activist Wisconsin electorate, which was dormant in the 2010 midterms.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
JSOnline:   Top Senate Democrat wants meeting with Walker
David Carr / New York Times:
The Fading Power of Beck's Alarms  —  Almost every time I flipped on television last week, there was a deeply angry guy on a running tirade about the conspiracies afoot, the enemies around all corners, and how he alone seemed to understand what was under way.
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 …
Discussion: Swampland
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
In ‘thermometer poll,’ voters rank Sarah Palin at bottom with Pelosi, Reid  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) ranks with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when it comes to voters' feelings about political leaders.  —  A new Quinnipiac University poll measuring the …
Discussion: Ballot Box and New York Magazine
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Christie receives ‘hottest’ title
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin's parents fear death threats
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
First Read /
First Thoughts: Romney 3.0  —  In New Hampshire on Saturday, Romney unveiled Romney 3. (a presidential candidate who focuses more on the economy than on social issues)... How that compares with Romney 1. (the socially moderate Massachusetts governor) and Romney 2. (the 2008 presidential candidate …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Ralph Reed: Social issues up front
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Des Moines Register:
5 potential GOP candidates to converge at forum
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Daily Caller
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Degrees and Dollars  —  It is a truth universally acknowledged that education is the key to economic success.  Everyone knows that the jobs of the future will require ever higher levels of skill.  That's why, in an appearance Friday with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, President Obama declared that …
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.
Recall drives could make history  —  Rarely have multiple lawmakers faced such action  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  As improbable as the last three weeks have been in state politics, Wisconsin is about to embark on another wild ride into the political unknown …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Number of healthcare reform law waivers climbs above 1,000  —  The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Russell Berman / The Hill:
The $50 billion question: Where will Republicans draw the line?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pablo Gorondi / Associated Press:
Oil jumps to near $107 amid fierce Libya fighting  —  Oil jumps to near $107 in Europe to fresh 2-year highs as Libya conflict intensifies  —  Oil prices climbed to near $106 a barrel Monday as intense fighting between Libyan government forces and rebels appeared to be turning into a civil war …
Discussion: Reuters
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Huntsman Backers to Gather in New Orleans for Strategy Session  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Members of the presidential campaign-in-waiting for U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman are set to meet on March 18th in New Orleans for a strategy session.  —  Huntsman plans to leave his Beijing posting …
Discussion: The Note and GOP 12
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Romney: ‘I would repeal ObamaCare’
Discussion: CNN and Boston Globe
Aislinn Laing / Telegraph:
Zimbabwe to sell uranium to Iran  —  Zimbabwe is to defy United Nations sanctions in a deal to sell uranium to Iran  —  Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zimbabwe's foreign minister, said the sanctions - which prohibit member states from providing Iran with raw materials that it could use to make a nuclear weapon - were unfair and hypocritical.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Seeks to Allay Muslims' Fears on Terror Hearings  —  STERLING, Va. — As a Republican congressman prepares to open hearings on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism, President Obama's deputy national security adviser visited a mosque here on Sunday to reassure Muslims that …
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
White House seeks to reassure Muslims
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Colin Firth / CBS News:
Homeless children: the hard times generation  —  Scott Pelley reports on the growing number of children who are falling victim to the financial crisis  —  Unemployment improved a bit last month but it is still nearly nine percent and the trouble is job creation is so slow …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Des Moines Register:
Guest column: Forefathers fought for religious freedom
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and TPMDC
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Presidential motorcade fender bender
Discussion: The Page
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
In states, parties clash over voting laws that call for IDs, limits on where college students can cast ballots
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Why Monogamy Matters  —  Social conservatives can seem …
Discussion: Dana Goldstein and Sadly, No!
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
Rory Reid's house of cards crumbles
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Meet the lobbyist who turns ‘green’ into greenbacks
The Huffington Post:
Bill Daley, White House Chief Of Staff, Pressed About Lack Of Jail Time For Wall Street Culprits
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Fisk / The Independent:
America's secret plan to arm Libya's rebels