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3:40 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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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 …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
In Defense of Ron Schiller … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Press Box … - Peter King Thinks U.S. Muslims Are Hiding Radical Activity.  Where's His Proof?  - If Only America Could Be More Like Mauritius, the Greatest Country on Earth- Shafer: The Day Rupert Murdoch Met the Devil- NPR's CEO Stepped Down.
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.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Columnist David Broder dies
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
David Brody / The Brody File:
Newt Gingrich Tells 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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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich planning May presidential announcement  —  Washington (CNN) - In a conference call Wednesday with former staffers and supporters former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said “we are leaning toward a yes” on a presidential run, CNN has learned.  —  Leaning heavily.
Discussion: GOP 12 and AmSpecBlog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GINGRICH'S PATRIOTISM LED HIM TO CHEAT ON HIS WIVES. …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Gingrich: Past Adultery ‘Partially Driven By How Passionately I Felt About This Country’ (VIDEO)
David Frum / FrumForum:   Newt's Family Values Problem
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:   Newt Gingrich: I Cheated On My Wives Because I Love America Too Much
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just No Hope  —  I was on Hardball today discussing …
Discussion: Salon
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: ‘I was doing things that were wrong’
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.
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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  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called the Republican Party's bluff on the need for deficit reduction Wednesday, outlining a fiscal framework that involves broader cuts and revenue raisers than the GOP has proposed — and warning …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Weekly Job Approval Retreats to 46%  —  Lowest weekly average since mid-December  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama averaged 46% job approval the week of Feb. 28-March 6, his lowest weekly average since mid-December.  Obama's weekly approval rating had steadily improved …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Fix
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oh, no! Obama job approval starts down again: Gallup
Discussion: Gallup and Hot Air
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.
Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Arrest in attempted MLK Day bombing in Spokane  —  The FBI has made an arrest in connection with the attempted bombing along the route of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Spokane.  —  An FBI source in Washington, D.C., said one man was arrested Wednesday northeast of Spokane.
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP ups pressure on president: 'Let's see some leadership'  —  House Republicans escalated pressure on President Obama to become directly involved in the budget debate roiling Capitol Hill, criticizing the White House for allowing a vacuum of leadership on the issue.  —  “Where is the president?”
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Common mistakes of left-wing economists?  —  T., a loyal MR reader, asked for a compendium.  This is my off-the-cuff list, but in the interests of fairness I'm doing one on market-oriented economists as well.  What are some of the common views found on the left which I consider …
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Common mistakes of right-wing and market-oriented economists?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
John Cassidy / Rational Irrationality:
Battle of the Bike Lanes  —  At the risk of incurring the wrath of the bicycle lobby, a constituency that pursues its agenda with about as much modesty and humor as the Jacobins pursued theirs, and which has found its heroine in transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan …
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 …
Matt Robinson / Reuters:
Targeted civilian killings spiral in Afghan war: U.N.  —  KABUL (Reuters) - Targeted killings of civilians in Afghanistan doubled last year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as an expanding insurgency strikes at Western efforts to build up the Afghan government and security forces.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
On Libya, too many questions  —  In September 1941, Japan's leaders had a question for Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto: Could he cripple the U.S. fleet in Hawaii?  Yes, he said.  Then he had a question for the leaders: But then what?  —  Following an attack, he said, “I shall run wild considerably …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Maine gets first state waiver from healthcare law provision  —  Maine health insurers are getting a temporary waiver from the health reform law's requirement that they spend at least 80 percent of premiums on care, federal regulators decided Tuesday.  —  Maine is the first state to get a waiver.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Private jets  —  My colleagues report:  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill has been aggressive in promoting oversight and transparency for congressional travel, introducing a reform bill that cracks down on overseas travel for lawmakers.  —  But when it comes to her own domestic flights …
 
 
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