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3:55 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 …
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 …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
NPR Executive Caught Calling Tea Partiers ‘Racist’
Kevinliptak / CNN:
NPR exec shown slamming the Tea Party
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TPMMuckraker
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
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
Discussion: National Review and The Page
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 …
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and protein wisdom
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.
Senate GOP meets, Senate Dems wait
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMDC
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
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:
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.
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 …
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.
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
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Robert Gates: Troops to be tested in spring  —  NATO forces have made great progress in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday, but they will soon face an “acid test” as the weather gets warmer and the Taliban mounts an insurgency.  —  “I do feel like the pieces are coming together …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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The Note:
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
First lady, secretary of state issue encouraging message to women
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer: GOP has ‘not moved a single inch’ in negotiations
Discussion: CNN
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dems: Congress's Styrofoam cups could cause cancer
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Discussion: The Wire, PopEater and Gothamist
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Washington Post:
Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
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 and The Daily Dish