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10:25 AM ET, March 9, 2011

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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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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.
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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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
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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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
White House threatens to veto GOP bills that end housing relief  —  The Obama administration is threatening to veto a pair of bills from House Republicans that would eliminate relief programs for homeowners.  —  The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said it would recommend that the president veto …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor asks White House: 'Where's the president's proposal?'
Discussion: Right Turn and FrumForum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE $7.5 MILLION CLEAN-UP?.... Late last week, Republicans in Wisconsin raised a new concern about the pro-labor protests at the state capitol: they're making an expensive mess.  —  Specifically, the Walker administration said the repair and clean-up costs associated …
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PolitiFact:   Wisconsin officials claim cleaning up the state Capitol will cost $7.5 million
Jay Sorgi / 620WTMJ:
Capitol Chaos: Sen. Fitzgerald Claims Democrats Using Delay For Recall Efforts
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Mike DeBonis / Mike DeBonis on Local Politics:
Fenty backs Gov. Scott Walker in Wisc. union fight
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Taegan Goddard's …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: ‘I was doing things that were wrong’
Discussion: Political Insider and FrumForum
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Newt's Tough Road Ahead
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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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.
William Selway / Bloomberg:
Americans Oppose Republican Attack on Unions in Poll  —  Americans reject Republican efforts to curb bargaining rights of unions whose power they say is dwarfed by corporations, a Bloomberg National Poll finds.  —  As battles rage between state workers and Republican governors in Wisconsin and Ohio …
Discussion: CNN and The Page
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 …
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 …
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 Rohrlich / Minyanville:
Why are Prisoners Building Patriot Missiles?  —  Right now, federal prison inmates in correctional institutions across America are making Patriot missile components.  Alarming?  Sure.  But it could also inform a larger debate currently underway in Washington.
Discussion: Swampland
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Prisoners Help Build Patriot Missiles
Discussion: Alternate Brain
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
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
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 …
 
 
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