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12:30 PM ET, March 9, 2011

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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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Patrick Lyons / Media Decoder:
Chief Executive of NPR Resigns  —  NPR announced on Wednesday that the public radio network's board had accepted the resignation of its chief executive, Vivian Schiller.  —  Controversy has swirled around NPR in recent months, as Republicans in Congress have sought to reduce or eliminate money …
Mark Memmott / NPR Topics:
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns After Board Decides She Should Go
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
NPR chief resigns after video sting
The Politico:
NPR CEO resigns, money war rages
Discussion: Colorlines
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
NPR ‘appalled’ by its executive's ‘tea party’ remarks in video
Discussion: The Page and AmSpecBlog
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
NPR chief Vivian Schiller on Juan Williams firing: ‘We handled the situation badly’
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?
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 …
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: ‘I was doing things that were wrong’  —  Newt Gingrich addressed his multiple nuptials and admitted affairs more head-on than he has to date, telling the Christian Broadcast Network that he sought God's “forgiveness” for the things he did wrong and that he now has a “great” marriage.
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:   Newt Gingrich: I Cheated On My Wives Because I Love America Too Much
David Frum / FrumForum:
Newt's Family Values Problem
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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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: The Moderate Voice, CNN and The Page
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The War On Peter Diamond  —  As you read Alabama Senator Richard Shelby's reasons for refusing to allow a Senate vote on the confirmation of Peter Diamond to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, keep in mind that Diamond recently won a Nobel Prize:
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVING BEHIND A VALUABLE DIAMOND.... Last year, the Senate …
Discussion: The New Republic and Reuters
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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oh, no!  Obama job approval starts down again: Gallup  —  No White House ever pays any attention to public opinion polls because that could imply the president shapes his actions to be approved, which would be a preposterous thing to believe.  —  But if Barack Obama did pay attention to his polls numbers …
Discussion: Hot Air, Gallup and Los Angeles Times
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Weekly Job Approval Retreats to 46%
Discussion: The Fix
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Feel The Mittmentum  —  I joked the other day that once Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee decide not to run for president, the only thing standing between Mitt Romney and the GOP nomination will be his religion and his record as governor.  I know a lot of people think the record will suffice to doom him …
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Ross Douthat:
Everything's Coming Up Romney
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.
Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
Obama a ‘Radical’?  Get Real  —  The president isn't outside the Democratic Party's mainstream.  Republicans will find him easier to beat once they realize the problem is that mainstream.  —  The president had finally let the mask drop and revealed himself, once and for all …
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Common mistakes of left-wing economists?  —  T., a loyal MR reader, asked for a compendium.  This is my off-the-cuff list, but in the interests of fairness I'm doing one on market-oriented economists as well.  What are some of the common views found on the left which I consider …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
48% of Wisconsin Voters Want Public Employee Pension Increases Approved by Voters  —  A plurality of Wisconsin voters think voters should have the right to approve or reject new pension plans agreed to by government officials and union members if they'll lead to increased government spending.
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 …
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 …
aina.org:
9 Christians Killed, 150 Injured in Attack By 15,000 Muslims and Egyptian Army  —  (AINA) — According to Father Abram Fahmy, pastor of St. Simon the Tanner Monastery in Mokatam Hills, on the outskirts of Cairo, Copts were killed and injured today in a fresh attack by Muslims.
Bob Hague / Wisconsin Radio Network:
Fitzgerald says recall strings being pulled from D.C. (VIDEO, AUDIO)  —  The leader of state Senate Republicans says dots are being connected on efforts to recall some of his members.  State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday that the recall efforts targeting eight of his members are a real source of concern.
 
 
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