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5:00 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 / 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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Undercover video: NPR exec says NPR would be “far better off” without federal funds
Kevinliptak / CNN:
NPR exec shown slamming the Tea Party
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TPMMuckraker
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Undercover video and fundraising
Discussion: Mediaite and AlterNet
Guy Benson /
Priorities: Reid Warns “Mean-Spirited” GOP Cuts Could Doom Cowboy Poetry Festival  —  Alternate headline - Reid to Cowboy Poets: “I Wish I Knew How to Quit You.”  —  Watch and marvel as the Senate Majority Leader demonstrates exactly how serious Democrats are about curbing federal spending …
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  —  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 …
NY Daily News:
Rep. Pete King is right, say feds and cops: We don't get many tips from Muslim community  —  Cops and federal agents agree with Rep. Pete King that they don't get a lot of tipsters from the Muslim community - but they say that's true of many other communities.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Rep. King on hearing critics: ‘Why are they attacking me in such a rabid way?’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The left wigs out about hearings on Islamic radicalization
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
Rasmussen Reports:
63% Say U.S. Should Stay Out of Libya Crisis  —  As official Washington buzzes with talk of possible U.S. military intervention in Libya, the majority of U.S. voters continue to favor a hands-off approach.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% …
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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
Hundreds of council tax protesters storm courtroom in attempt to make citizens' arrest of judge  —  Hundreds of protesters stormed a courtroom and attempted to make a citizens' arrest on a judge in support of a man challenging his council tax bill.  —  In chaotic scenes …
Discussion: Blog
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 …
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.
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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, National Review and neo-neocon
James Schneider / Fox News:
Trump Fires Back and Puts Senator in his Place
Discussion: CNN, Indecision Forever and GOP 12
John Rosenthal / Pajamas Media:
Did Clip of Brian De Palma's Redacted Lead Frankfurt Shooter to Kill?
The Note:
SEIU Chief: Obama ‘Has Stepped Up’ in State Labor Fights
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
First lady, secretary of state issue encouraging message to women
Joe Scarborough / The Politico:
Finally, confronting the debt crisis
 Earlier Items: 
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
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
No guts, no glory: GOP should heed lesson of '91
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Fire Teachers?  —  ED Kain has been blogging a lot …
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Mitt Romney, the most transparent candidate
Discussion: The Note