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9:50 AM ET, March 9, 2011


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Laura Murphy / The Politico:
Will King become the next McCarthy?  —  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is due to hold a hearing Thursday about the “radicalization” of U.S. Muslims and whether they are sufficiently cooperative with U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.  —  This may be the first of a series on this subject.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and Right Wing News
E-mails reveal possible Walker concessions on union bill  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Gov. Scott Walker's office released documents Tuesday showing he's willing to give on some points of his union bargaining bill to break the Capitol standoff …
David Ariosto / CNN:
E-mails: Wisconsin governor offers concessions on budget bill  —  (CNN) — An e-mail exchange released by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's office on Tuesday has revealed a series of potential Republican concessions to a three-week standoff over a budget bill that would restrict the collective bargaining rights of most public workers.
David Rogers / The Politico:
House spending cuts go to Senate  —  Republicans will bring their House-passed spending cuts to the Senate floor Wednesday amid rank-and-file grumbling inside the GOP and with no sign of capturing the Democratic defections needed to command a simple majority — let alone the 60 votes for passage.
Jay Sorgi / 620WTMJ:
Capitol Chaos: Sen. Fitzgerald Claims Democrats Using Delay For Recall Efforts
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Aharding / CNN:
Activist says he targeted NPR because of Juan Williams firing  —  (CNN) - UPDATE: National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, according to the organization's website.  This comes the day after tape was released of an NPR senior executive slamming the tea party and saying NPR …
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
NPR ‘appalled’ by its executive's ‘tea party’ remarks in video
Discussion: The Page and AmSpecBlog
John Melloy / CNBC:
Welfare State: Handouts Make Up One-Third of U.S. Wages  —  Government payouts—including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance—make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn't taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor asks White House: 'Where's the president's proposal?'
Discussion: Right Turn and FrumForum
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Obama and Bush  —  The announcement that military show trials are to recommence at Guantanamo Bay, combined with the brutal and vindictive treatment of Bradley Manning, make it clear that, as regards willing to suppress basic human and civil rights in the name of security …
Hao Leifeng / Beijing - MetroBeijing:
Charlie Sheen is not filial  —  Actor Charlie Sheen is a classic example of the difference in Western and Eastern values and norms.  —  Ignoring public pleas from his father, Sheen has continued a weeklong media blitz, exhibiting obvious signs of mania.  With no firm hand to guide them …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: ‘Birther’ debate alive and well in New Hampshire  —  (CNN) - The New Hampshire state legislature is attempting to take politics out of the equation when a House committee considers an amendment that would require presidential candidates to present birth certificates when filing …
Discussion: GOP 12
Michelle Malkin:
Searching for Marizela: An update  —  SEATTLE — The photo above from Marizela's friends/family shows the tattoo on her left inner arm that reads “lahat ay magiging maayos” — a Tagalog saying for “all will be well.”  —  Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and for helping to spread the word across the Internet.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Blagojevich wants trial called off  —  Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is asking a federal judge to cancel his upcoming retrial and to sentence him on his one conviction from his previous trial.  —  In a motion filed early Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago …
Discussion: FrumForum
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Joe Manchin goes rogue  —  Several weeks ago, freshman Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) strolled through the Hart Senate Office Building and ended up in what should be enemy territory: a face-to-face meeting with the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Discussion: The Note and USA Today
Justin Elliott / Salon:
NPR sting also nets ... Pamela Geller?  —  Conservative activist James O'Keefe today released a sting video showing an NPR fundraising official saying impolitic things to a couple of (fake) potential Muslim donors.  A key part of the sting was the creation of a hoax website for the fake group …
Ezra Klein:
Vilsack: ‘I took it as a slam on rural America’  —  Yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail from a “” address.  “Secretary Vilsack read your blog post ‘Why we still need cities’ over the weekend, and he has some thoughts and reflections, particularly about the importance of rural America,” it said.
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 …
New York Times:
Opposition in Libya Struggles to Form a United Front  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — In less than three weeks, an inchoate opposition in Libya, one of the world's most isolated countries, has cobbled together the semblance of a transitional government, fielded a ragtag rebel army and portrayed itself …
Will Bunch /
How Corbett fracked Pa.'s middle class  —  Tomorrow's front page (headline: “We're Getting Drilled!") opinion-news tonight:  —  If there was a moral to the story that Gov. Corbett spun Tuesday in his much-anticipated, first-ever budget talk, it was that all wealth is not viewed equally …
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Dawn Kopecki / Bloomberg:
BofA Segregates Almost Half of its Mortgages Into ‘Bad Bank’  —  Bank of America Corp. (BAC), the biggest U.S. lender by assets, is segregating almost half its 13.9 million mortgages into a “bad” bank comprised of its riskiest and worst-performing “legacy” loans, said Terry Laughlin, who is running the new unit.
Annie Lowrey / Slate:
Why hasn't the Internet helped the American economy grow as much as economists thought it would?  —  If you have attended any economists' cocktail parties in the past month or so—lucky you!—then you have probably heard chatter about Tyler Cowen's e-book, The Great Stagnation.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
GOP steps up attacks on Obama energy policy  —  Republicans are tapping into Americans' growing anxiety over rising oil and gas prices to step up attacks on President Barack Obama's energy policies.  —  This week, they're taking to the Senate floor, issuing news releases and chatting …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Crossroads GPS airs anti-union ad  —  An arm of American Crossroads, the well-financed Republican super PAC, is going up on the air Wednesday with an ad taking aim at public employee unions and highlighting the aid President Obama got in his campaign from organized labor.
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
In a Wealthy Suburb, Concern Over School Taxes  —  BRONXVILLE, N.Y. — This wealthy New York suburb prides itself on its public schools.  Class sizes are small.  Students can choose from an array of subjects not offered everywhere.  Teacher pay ranks among the nation's highest.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Newt's Tough Road Ahead
Discussion: Daily Kos
Marco Rubio /
Washington Needs A Balanced Budget Amendment
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Petraeus Sees Military Progress in Afghanistan
Discussion: FrumForum
Maine gets break in federal health care overhaul
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Daniel Fisher / Full Disclosure:
New York Judge Stays Chevron Judgment, Orders Bond
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Grist
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Prisoners Help Build Patriot Missiles
Discussion: Alternate Brain
The State Pension Time Bomb
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Fhardingj / CNN:
Obama headlines party fundraiser in Boston
Discussion: The Politico
United States Senator Jim DeMint:
Republican Senators Introduce National Right to Work Act
Discussion: The Page
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Maine Republicans still want to get rid of Snowe
Discussion: Yglesias and Weigel
John Ellis / The Business Insider:
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