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10:20 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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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 …
Ezra Klein:
What happened in Wisconsin tonight  —  Here's what just happened in Wisconsin: the rules of the state's Senate require a quorum for any measures that spend money.  That's how the absence of the Senate's Democrats could stymie Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget law — it spent money, and thus it needed a quorum.
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Anti-Public Employee Bill Passes Senate in Wisconsin; Only the Beginning of the Fight  —  Wisconsin's Capitol dome in Madison (photo: WxMom)  —  If you've been following along in my last post, you know the news: the Wisconsin State Senate rushed through and passed a bill …
Discussion: naked capitalism and Bloomberg
msnbc.com:
GOP rams anti-union bill through Wis. Senate  —  End run around Democratic senators who left state to prevent passage  —  Below:  —  NBC News and msnbc.com  —  MADISON, Wis. — Republicans pushed a provision stripping public employees of their collective bargaining rights through …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Just Like That  —  In a brief meeting that lasted barely five minutes, Wisconsin Republicans appear to have jammed through the union-busting, anti-collective-bargaining provision that has been the focus of the protests and political turmoil in the state for the past month.
Discussion: First Draft and TPMDC
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wis. State Senate Passes Anti-Union Bill, In End-Run Around Dem Boycott  —  Capping a dramatic turn of events, the Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday night passed a new, stripped-down “budget repair bill” — which now excludes all the fiscal elements of the original budget repair bill …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Conference Committee Passes New, Stripped-Down Anti-Union Bill
Ed Lavandera / CNN:
Wisconsin Senate passes union limits despite Democratic walkout
Discussion: Pharyngula
Fox News:
Wisconsin Senate GOP Votes to Strip State Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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
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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James Hohmann / The Politico:
David S. Broder, dean of political writers, dies at 81
Discussion: CNN and Eduwonk
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
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
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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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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Democrats plead with Rep. King to cancel hearing on US Muslims  —  More than 50 Democrats on Wednesday pleaded with House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) to cancel his panel's hearing on radicalization within the Muslim American community.
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Weasel Zippers
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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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In Utah, Sen. Hatch courts tea partyers one by one in quest for survival
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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’
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House leaders vote to intervene in DOMA defense
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Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
Freshmen in 112th Congress Exceedingly Wealthy Despite Struggling National Economy
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate rejects dueling spending plans, leaves legislative stalemate
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New York Review of Books:
Prison Rape and the Government
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