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7:20 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns  —  This follows yesterday's news that then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was videotapped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization …
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The Huffington Post:
Juan Williams: NPR ‘All White Organization,’ Exhibited ‘Worst Of White Condescension’ In Firing Me (VIDEO)  —  Danny Shea and Julia Steers First Posted: 03/ 9/11 04:39 PM Updated: 03/ 9/11 04:47 PM … Juan Williams says NPR is an “all-white organization” that exhibited the …
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
ADL calls for an apology from NPR executive  —  Joining the ranks of those disappointed with what they saw of two National Public Radio (NPR) executives caught in an undercover sting disparaging aspects of American culture, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Tuesday called on Ron Schiller …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Ron Schiller decides not to join the Aspen Institute
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
David Broder dies; Pulitzer-winning Washington Post political columnist  —  David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Arlington of complications from diabetes.
David Brody / The Brody File:
Newt Gingrich tells The Brody File he 'felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness'  —  Newt Gingrich, who is expected to run for President tells The Brody File that he “felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness” over his past marital infidelity.  And now that he's at the grandfather stage he is …
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Gingrich: Past Adultery ‘Partially Driven By How Passionately I Felt About This Country’ (VIDEO)
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Newt Gingrich Cheated on His Wives for America
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GINGRICH'S PATRIOTISM LED HIM TO CHEAT ON HIS WIVES. …
Discussion: Wonk Room
David Frum / FrumForum:
Newt's Family Values Problem
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Man charged with attempted MLK Day bombing linked to neo-Nazi group  —  A Stevens County man charged with the attempted bombing along the route of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane has links to a neo-Nazi group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Spokesman.com:
Suspect in MLK bomb tied to racist movement
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made in Spokane MLK Day backpack-bomb case UPDATED
Discussion: Hatewatch
msnbc.com:
White power link seen in MLK bomb arrest
Discussion: Associated Press
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town  —  CLEVELAND, Tex. — The police investigation began shortly after Thanksgiving, when an elementary school student alerted a teacher to a lurid cellphone video that included one of her classmates.  —  The video led the police to an abandoned trailer …
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Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
The New York Times' Rape-Friendly Reporting  —  From today's New York Times: … This story from Cleveland, Texas, is beyond horrifying.  Obviously.  Unfortunately, further injustices have now been heaped on the victim (and the movement to end rape culture) by the article's writer and editor.
Discussion: Shakesville
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin would base campaign in Scottsdale  —  The prospect of Sarah Palin running for president is, increasingly, dismissed by a political class that sees her facing weak poll numbers — especially in key early states — and doing nothing to correct them or to buil the infrastructure for a run.
Bloomberg:
Government Shutdown Opposed by Americans in Poll Faulting Republican Cuts  —  Americans are sending a message to congressional Republicans: Don't shut down the federal government or slash spending on popular programs.  —  Almost 8 in 10 people say Republicans and Democrats should reach …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Schumer Calls GOP Bluff On Spending And Deficits
Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Lawmaker Examining Terror, a Pro-I.R.A. Past  —  WASHINGTON — For Representative Peter T. King, as he seizes the national spotlight this week with a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims, it is the most awkward of résumé entries.
Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
Exclusive: Bill Gross Dumps All Treasuries, Brings Total “Government Related” Holdings To Zero, Flees To Cash - No QE3?  —  Based on still to be publicly reported data by Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund, the world's largest bond fund, in the month of January, has taken its bond holdings to zero …
Discussion: Money & Company and DealBook
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House leaders vote to intervene in DOMA defense  —  Members of the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) voted to intervene in ongoing court action against the same-sex marriage law on Wednesday afternoon.  —  In a party-line vote of 3-2, the five-member BLAG composed of House Speaker John Boehner …
Discussion: The Politico
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Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
Like NPR, PBS Met With Fictional Donors  —  NPR was not the only media organization duped by the Republican provocateur James O'Keefe.  —  PBS confirmed Wednesday that like NPR, one of its executives attended a lunch with people who posed as members of the Muslim Education Action Center Trust, a fictional group.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Americans see U.S. on wrong track: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans, who are suffering from high gasoline prices, believe the United States is on the wrong track by a large margin, presenting a fresh challenge for President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Wednesday.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Weekly Job Approval Retreats to 46%
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Julianne Moore To Play Sarah Palin In HBO Movie ‘Game Change’  —  Julianne Moore is set to star in HBO Films' Game Change.  Directed by Jay Roach, the movie is based on Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's 2010 book about the 2008 Presidential elections and follows John McCain's presidential campaign …
Glenn Kessler / Fact Checker:
Michele Bachmann's ‘bombshell’ on a ‘hidden’ $105 billion  —  “There was a Congressional Research Service report that just was issued in February, and we discovered that secretly, unbeknownst to members of Congress, over $105 billion was hidden in the ‘Obamacare’ legislation to fund the implementation of ‘Obamacare’.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
White House moving to repair troubled relationship with Cabinet  —  News this week of the first departure of a Cabinet secretary from the Obama administration comes amid a wide-ranging effort under the new chief of staff, William M. Daley, to repair badly frayed relations between the White House and the Cabinet.
Forbes:
World's Billionaires 2011: A Record Year In Numbers, Money And Impact  —  BRIC countries surge; Carlos Slim widens lead atop list.  —  This 25th year of tracking global wealth was one to remember.  The 2011 Billionaires List breaks two records: total number of listees (1,210) and combined wealth ($4.5 trillion).
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Putting Afghan Plan Into Action Proves Difficult  —  ALAM KHEL, Afghanistan — If the American-led fight against the Taliban was once a contest for influence in well-known and conventionally defined areas — the capital and large cities, main roads, the border with Pakistan …
Discussion: Guardian, Booman Tribune and Swampland
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Matt Robinson / Reuters:
Targeted civilian killings spiral in Afghan war: U.N.
Richard N. Leiby / Washington Post:
13 die in sectarian violence in Cairo  —  CAIRO - Thirteen people died in overnight clashes between Christians and Muslims in the worst outbreak of sectarian violence in Egypt since last month's ouster of president Hosni Mubarak, officials reported Wednesday.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
WI Senate GOP Leader Admits On-Air That His Goal Is To Defund Labor Unions, Hurt Obama's Reelection Chances  —  A prank call from a man purporting to be petrochemical billionaire David Koch to Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) a few weeks ago revealed that Walker had crafted his “budget repair” bill in a bid to crush the labor unions.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
 
 
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New York Review of Books:
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
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