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5:55 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 / 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 …
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
David Mastio / Washington Times:
NPR seeks funding from Sharia backers
Discussion: protein wisdom and
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
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 …
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.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Obama Administration Official Splashes Cold Water on No Fly Zone Proposal Over Libya  —  With pressure mounting on President Obama to push forward for a no-fly zone over Libya, one official from his administration splashed cold water on the proposal.  —  U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder …
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 …
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.
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.
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:
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 and Indecision Forever
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The Rumsfeld Papers:
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
State and local workers: Gone but not off the books
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Mike DeBonis / Mike DeBonis on Local Politics:
Fenty backs Gov. Scott Walker in Wisc. union fight
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Wall Street Journal:
Caterpillar's Problem With Peoria
Washington Post:
Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay