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1:45 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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Vivian Schiller, NPR Chief Executive, Resigns
Discussion: USA Today and AOL News
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
NPR ‘appalled’ by its executive's ‘tea party’ remarks in video
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
NPR chief resigns after video sting
The Politico:
NPR CEO resigns, money war rages
Discussion: Colorlines
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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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Gingrich: Past Adultery ‘Partially Driven By How Passionately I Felt About This Country’ (VIDEO)  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is in the early stages of a presidential campaign, spoke in an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network about his history of adultery and divorces.
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:   Newt Gingrich: I Cheated On My Wives Because I Love America Too Much
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GINGRICH'S PATRIOTISM LED HIM TO CHEAT ON HIS WIVES. …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: ‘I was doing things that were wrong’
David Frum / FrumForum:
Newt's Family Values Problem
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.
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.
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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and The Page
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.
Discussion: GOP 12 and National Review
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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Eric Woolson signs on with Tim Pawlenty … THE FIX NEWSLETTERS … THE LIVE FIX … POLITICS & PINTS
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Americans see U.S. on wrong track: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - Americans, who are suffering from high gasoline prices, believe the United States is on the wrong track by a large margin, presenting a fresh challenge for President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Wednesday.
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 …
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.
Marshall Allen / Washington Monthly:
First Do No Harm  —  Last year there wasn't a single fatal airline accident in the developed world.  —  So why is the U.S. health care system still accidently killing hundreds of thousands?  —  The answer is a lack of transparency.  —  eorgeanne Mumm's surgeon emerged from the operating room …
 
 
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
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Resurgent Republic:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oh, no! Obama job approval starts down again: Gallup
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North Korea Nears Completion of Electromagnetic Pulse Bomb
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE $7.5 MILLION CLEAN-UP?. …
Discussion: PolitiFact
Dawn Kopecki / Bloomberg:
BofA Segregates Almost Half of its Mortgages Into ‘Bad Bank’
Kevinliptak / CNN:
‘Birther’ debate alive and well in New Hampshire
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Obama and Bush  —  The announcement that military show trials …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Joe Manchin goes rogue
Discussion: The Note and USA Today