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9:00 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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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.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Without Democrats Present, Wisconsin Senate Voting on Largely-Intact Budget Repair Bill  —  Update 7:33 p.m.: As I was writing this up, the state senate voted 18-1 to pass the bill described below.  —  Update 7:38 p.m.: Wisconsin senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald confirms …
Discussion: RedState and Pajamas Media
JSOnline:
Senate advances collective bagaining changes with no debate, or Democrats  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — The Senate abruptly passed a controversial budget-repair bill Wedneday night - without Democrats - and sent the measure to the Assembly, which is expected to pass it Thursday.
Discussion: Hot Air and Examiner
WISC-TV:
Source: Republican Senators Attempting To Pass Parts Of Budget Repair Bill  —  Senate Convening Conference Committee On Bill  —  MADISON, Wis. — Two Democratic state senators said they think Republicans plan to pass parts of Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that take away collective bargaining rights from public workers without them.
Ezra Klein:
What happened in Wisconsin tonight
msnbc.com:
GOP rams anti-union bill through Wis. Senate
Discussion: Examiner and The Mahablog
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Conference Committee Passes New, Stripped-Down Anti-Union Bill
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Just Like That  —  In a brief meeting that lasted barely five minutes …
Discussion: First Draft and TPMDC
Associated Press:   Wisconsin Senate Advances Bill Opposed by Unions
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
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Ron Schiller decides not to join the Aspen Institute
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Why NPR should urge Congress to end its subsidy
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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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)
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GINGRICH'S PATRIOTISM LED HIM TO CHEAT ON HIS WIVES. …
Discussion: Wonk Room
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
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
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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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
As King Targets Muslims, There Have Been Almost Twice As Many Plots Since 9/11 From Non-Muslim Terrorists  —  Tomorrow, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will hold hearings singling out the Muslim American community for supposedly aiding and abetting domestic radicalization and terrorism.
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Democrats plead with Rep. King to cancel hearing on US Muslims
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Lawmaker Examining Terror, a Pro-I.R.A. Past
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.
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.
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 …
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
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’.
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).
Discussion: Deal Journal and The Wire
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.
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
Grover Norquist: ‘The goal is to reduce the size and scope of government spending, not to focus on the deficit’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House leaders vote to intervene in DOMA defense
Discussion: The Politico
Bill Ong Hing / The Huffington Post:
Will Another Dream Fade? Obama Should Endorse Same-Sex Marriages for Immigration Purposes
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate Democratic leaders to go to W.H.
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Ben Smith's Blog and The Hill
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
Freshmen in 112th Congress Exceedingly Wealthy Despite Struggling National Economy
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Daily Caller
Neal Ungerleidertue / Fast Company:
Al Jazeera Launching English-Language Children's Channel
New York Review of Books:
Prison Rape and the Government
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Dish
 Earlier Items: 
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Palin vs. Christie: GOP rock-star feud
Clout St:
Quinn signs death penalty ban, commutes 15 death row sentences to life
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Common mistakes of right-wing and market-oriented economists?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Americans see U.S. on wrong track: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Marshall Allen / Washington Monthly:
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
On Libya, too many questions