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10:50 AM 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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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
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?  —  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.
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor asks White House: 'Where's the president's proposal?'
Discussion: Right Turn and FrumForum
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Newt's Tough Road Ahead
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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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.
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
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Raise Stakes on Budget  —  WASHINGTON—Senate Democratic leaders, seeking to break an impasse over Republican-backed spending cuts, on Tuesday proposed broadening the scope of budget negotiations into more politically volatile terrain that includes taxes, subsidies and entitlement programs.
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David Rogers / The Politico:
House spending cuts go to Senate
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LEAVING BEHIND A VALUABLE DIAMOND.... Last year, the Senate Banking Committee twice approved Peter Diamond's nomination to the Federal Reserve.  And twice, the Senate wasn't allowed to vote on Diamond because Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) threw tantrums and blocked the nominee.
Discussion: Yglesias and Reuters
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.
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Jay Sorgi / 620WTMJ:
Capitol Chaos: Sen. Fitzgerald Claims Democrats Using Delay For Recall Efforts
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Discussion: Yglesias and EconLog
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Overlapping battlegrounds  —  The overlapping presidential and Senate battlegrounds... Watch the Southwest... Critics and friends beg the executive branch to do more on Libya and the budget stalemate... Senate votes on competing budget bills at about 3:00 pm ET …
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
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
 
 
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Michael Medved / Wall Street Journal:
Obama a ‘Radical’? Get Real
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
On Libya, too many questions
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Meltdown: Women harassed, attacked in Tahrir Square during International Women's Day protests
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How Corbett fracked Pa.'s middle class
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Dawn Kopecki / Bloomberg:
BofA Segregates Almost Half of its Mortgages Into ‘Bad Bank’
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Crossroads GPS airs anti-union ad
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
In a Wealthy Suburb, Concern Over School Taxes
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Blagojevich wants trial called off
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