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5:40 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 / Weigel:
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 …
Mark Memmott / NPR:
In Video: NPR Exec Slams Tea Party, Questions Need For Federal Funds  —  NPR's then-senior vice president for fundraising Ron Schiller is seen and heard on a videotape released this morning telling two men who were posing as members of a fictitious Muslim Action Education Center that:
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 …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NPR responds to executive's comments  —  National Public Radio spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm responded to the remarks NPR foundation's nonprofit president Ron Schiller made.  —  “The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
NPR CEO: We're a lot more seriously racist, xenophobic conservative than you think
Kevinliptak / CNN:
NPR exec shown slamming the Tea Party
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TPMMuckraker
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Undercover video: NPR exec says NPR would be “far better off” without federal funds
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Reid: Save federal funding for the cowboy poets!  —  File this under: Did Harry Reid just say that?  —  In the middle of his tirade against House Republicans' “mean-spirited” budget bill on the Senate floor Tuesday, the Senate Majority Leader lamented that the GOP's proposed budget cuts …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Blaming Democrats' ‘lack of action,’ House GOP prepares a second stopgap
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.
Ezra Klein:
Senate Democrats weigh making big mistake on health-care reform  —  I'm getting some worried e-mails from Hill staffers who think Senate Democrats might rubberstamp a policy House Republicans passed to undermine the Affordable Care Act.  It's the sort of policy decision that won't get much attention …
Senate GOP meets, Senate Dems wait
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMDC
The Politico:
Republicans divided over Muslim hearings  —  The top two House Republican leaders are divided over how to handle the bubbling controversy surrounding Homeland Security Chairman Peter King's hearing into “radicalization” in the American Muslim community.  —  Majority Leader Eric Cantor …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The left wigs out about hearings on Islamic radicalization
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. King on hearing critics: ‘Why are they attacking me in such a rabid way?’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP Sen. Lugar says he'll support House Republican spending cuts  —  Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), who faces a Tea Party-backed challenge in his 2012 primary, has withdrawn his stated opposition to House-passed spending cuts.  —  Lugar said Tuesday afternoon that he made a mistake …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
POOR DICK LUGAR WAS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.... About three weeks ago, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) said he'd seen the spending cuts approved by his fellow Republicans in the House, but he couldn't bring himself to actually vote for them.  Asked if he'd support the GOP's brutal cuts, Lugar replied …
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 …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
After Praising 2009 Town Hall ‘Outrage,’ Sensenbrenner Overwhelmed By Progressive Town Hall Protesters  —  against Democrats who supported the health care overhaul, raucously disrupting the town hall meetings of these members of Congress.  —  One of the Republican members of Congress …
John Ellis / The Business Insider:
Can Any One Of These People Beat President Obama?  —  To do so, one of these candidates has to win the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.  What follows is a cheat sheet of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the GOP presidential candidates and a quick assessment of where they stand now.
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 …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
‘Gang of 6’ senators launch public campaign to support deficit reduction  —  RICHMOND - While Washington bickers noisily over cutting a small slice of the federal budget, Sens. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, launched a campaign Monday to convince …
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:
Israel Considers Military ‘Upgrade’  —  JERUSALEM—Israel will need to boost military spending and may seek an additional $20 billion in U.S. security assistance to help it manage potential threats stemming from popular upheavals in the Arab world, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday.
James Schneider / Fox News:
Trump Fires Back and Puts Senator in his Place  —  Real estate magnate Donald Trump fired back at Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.,Tuesday after the senator said the entrepreneur has no business being president.  —  “There's always someone like Donald Trump who runs who has absolutely no chance of winning,” Alexander said over the weekend.
Discussion: CNN, Indecision Forever and GOP 12
Washington Times:
NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawful  —  NPR and PBS stations nationwide are rallying their audiences to contact Congress to fight against Republicans' proposed spending cuts, but some affiliates' pleas may violate laws preventing nonprofits or government-funded groups from lobbying.
Mitt Romney / Boston Herald:
Obama Misery Index hits a record high  —  The unemployment rate has just fallen one-tenth of a percent, from 9 percent to 8.9 percent.  Of course, it is indeed progress, and it is being celebrated in the White House as such.  But the celebrations bring to mind what a wit once said: An …
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 …
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Justin Elliott / Salon:
NPR sting also nets ... Pamela Geller?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
United States Senator Jim DeMint:
Republican Senators Introduce National Right to Work Act
Discussion: SENATUS and The Page
Ezra Klein:
Vilsack: ‘I took it as a slam on rural America’
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Maine Republicans still want to get rid of Snowe
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Weigel
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Starving the Moral Beast
Discussion: Yglesias and Economist's View
William Galston / The New Republic:
Why Ohio Matters  —  Obama can't win the election without it.
Discussion: Weigel and neo-neocon
The Note:
SEIU Chief: Obama ‘Has Stepped Up’ in State Labor Fights
 Earlier Items: 
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
First lady, secretary of state issue encouraging message to women
Daily Mail:
Hundreds of council tax protesters storm courtroom in attempt to make citizens' arrest of judge
Discussion: Blog
Hillel Italie / The Charlotte Observer:
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is writing memoir
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Union partners with liberal blog to produce 2012 polling
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Mitt Romney, the most transparent candidate
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Note
Peter Maer / CBS News:
White House memo notes shortage of applicants for contest to have Obama to speak at high school graduation