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12:25 AM ET, March 10, 2011

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Senate advances collective bargaining changes; Democrats to return after Assembly vote  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — The Senate - without Democrats present - abruptly voted Wednesday to eliminate almost all collective bargaining for most public workers.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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: TPMDC and First Draft
Scott Walker / Wall Street Journal:   Why I'm Fighting in Wisconsin  —  We can avoid mass teacher layoffs …
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Republican Wisconsin senators bypass Democrats in vote on collective bargaining
Discussion: The Fix
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wis. State Senate Passes Anti-Union Bill, In End-Run Around Dem Boycott
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Conference Committee Passes New, Stripped-Down Anti-Union Bill
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Fox News:
Wisconsin Senate GOP Votes to Strip State Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Ed Lavandera / CNN:
Wisconsin Senate passes union limits despite Democratic walkout
Discussion: Pharyngula
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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Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
Look At NPR's Coverage; Don't Privilege The Serial Liar  —  It seems that James O'Keefe won't be ignored.  —  The many-times discredited activist is back with yet another “sting” video, this one of NPR executive Ron Schiller speaking with what he believes to be perspective donors …
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 …
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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James Hohmann / The Politico:
David S. Broder, dean of political writers, dies at 81
Discussion: CNN and Eduwonk
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
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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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.
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Newt Gingrich tells The Brody File he 'felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness'
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters are locking the Capitol doors shut from the inside using metal handcuffs, Meade reports from the scene.  —  He told me that just now, by phone.  He got out, and is warning others not to go in.  Obviously, it's a terrible fire hazard to make it so people cannot get out of the building easily.
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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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.
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Gov. Pat Quinn signs bill repealing Illinois death penalty  —  SPRINGFIELD — Acting on perhaps the most significant issue he will ever face, Gov. Quinn Wednesday signed landmark legislation to repeal the state's “seriously broken” death penalty and then commuted the death sentences of the 15 men on Death Row.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NPR Topics
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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.
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 …
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Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Palin vs. Christie: GOP rock-star feud  —  Republican Party favorites Chris Christie and Sarah Palin are engaged in a feud of rock-star proportions.  —  The New Jersey governor and former Alaska governor are two of the best-known figures in the GOP, and both have been mentioned as possible 2012 presidential candidates.
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Barbara Kay / National Post:
The day Sarah Palin kneecapped feminism
Discussion: The Other McCain
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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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
CNN:
Australian prime minister stresses common ties in speech to Congress
Discussion: The Politico and FrumForum
Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
Freshmen in 112th Congress Exceedingly Wealthy Despite Struggling National Economy
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New York Review of Books:
Prison Rape and the Government
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Tyler Durden / zero hedge:
Exclusive: Bill Gross Dumps All Treasuries, Brings Total “Government Related” Holdings To Zero, Flees To Cash - No QE3?
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