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5:45 PM ET, March 10, 2011

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Poll: Majorities support recall of two Wisconsin GOP senators  —  Here's something that could give some momentum to efforts to recall Wisconsin GOP state senators in the wake of last night's end-run passage of Scott Walker's measure to roll back public employee bargaining rights.
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Ezra Klein:
Was what Scott Walker did legal?  —  Assuming Scott Walker's procedural maneuvering last night was legal — and, as I'll explain in a moment, there are some questions about that — then it was also legitimate.  Certainly as legitimate as the Democrats fleeing the state to deny the Republicans quorum.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka ‘thanks’ Scott Walker  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is anointing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker the “Mobilizer of the Year” for galvanizing union members and supporters into action.  —  While blasting Walker and Wisconsin's Republican legislators for their …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Liberal groups raise $200,000 overnight  —  In the aftermath of Wisconsin Republicans using a procedural move to pass an anti-collective bargaining bill last night, two liberal groups reported a fundraising bump of $200,000 alone since the bill passed.  —  Combined with last night's take …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Barrett, Scott Walker's 2010 Opponent, Endorsed Voting Without Senate Democrats Present
Discussion: National Review and Pajamas Media
The Hill:
First Muslim in Congress breaks into tears during radicalization hearing  —  The first Muslim elected to Congress broke into tears Thursday as he delivered his opening remarks at a hearing on radicalization in the Muslim American community.  —  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Ellison Breaks Into Tears Explaining Story Of Muslim First Responder Who Died To Save Americans On 9/11  —  Today, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is holding hearings in the House Homeland Security Committee singling out the Muslim American community for supposedly aiding and abetting terrorism.
Congressman Keith Ellison:
Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05) Testimony Before The House Homeland Security Committee
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Three Other Hearings King Could Have Held
Steven Emerson / NY Daily News:
Muslim American groups, not Rep. Pete King, are the ones fomenting hysteria with hearings on tap
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dingell warns against Muslim hearings drifting toward McCarthyism
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Charlie Sykes / 620wtmj.com:
DEATH THREATS  —  Since the MSM appears intent on downplaying the growing intimidation and escalating threats of violence around the union power issue, I am reprinting verbatim an email that was sent to Republican senators.  The email was signed, but I have deleted the name pending what I hope will be a thorough police investigation.
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The Right Scoop:
Death wishes and hate to Gov. Walker on twitter  —  The tweets speak for themselves.  There could be a bunch more but I just don't have that kind of time.  —  Click the images to see the original tweet:  —  Oy.  —  UPDATE: This is a letter that was sent to the Wisconsin Republicans (via TheBlaze)
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Christie's Talk Is Blunt, but Not Always Straight  —  New Jersey's public-sector unions routinely pressure the State Legislature to give them what they fail to win in contract talks.  Most government workers pay nothing for health insurance.  Concessions by school employees would have prevented any cuts in school programs last year.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP: Full speed ahead on defunding NPR  — TAGS: - Corporation for Public Broadcasting - House Republicans - National Public Radio - npr - vivian schiller  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  After the release of the James O'Keefe sting video Tuesday …
Discussion: Hot Air, FrumForum and National Review
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Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
WGBH gets static over executives' pay, ‘Taj Mahal’
Discussion: Current.org Blog
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Concern About Economy Rises to 12-Month High  —  Mentions of federal budget deficit and gas prices edge higher in March  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seventy-two percent of Americans cite some aspect of the U.S. economy as the “most important problem” facing the country today.
Discussion: The Hill and 2chambers
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Fox News:
Three Strikes and You're Out: Lindsey Graham Calls for General James Clapper's Resignation  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in an exclusive interview with Fox News correspondent Carl Cameron, called for Gen. James Clapper to resign or be fired as Director of National Intelligence …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
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Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
Moammar Gadhafi Will Prevail in Libya if Stalemate Drags On, Intel Director Says
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Guest writer John Phillips: For Republicans in 2012, it's Sarah Palin or another big fat L  —  Palin for Prez?  —  Somebody asked me the other day who the Republicans should plop atop their presidential ticket next year.  And I said, Sarah Palin.  —  Before you look at your computer …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and GOP 12
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Spending plan vote backfires as Democrats suffer defections  —  Senate Democrats suffered a wave of defections Wednesday as their proposal to cut just over $6 billion from federal spending this year went down to defeat.  —  The Democratic bill attracted two fewer votes than the rival GOP measure …
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid signals Dems are ready to compromise on spending cuts
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog and FrumForum
Edward Wyatt / The Caucus:
Rand Paul Blames Energy Department for Faulty Toilets, Among Other Things  —  Senator Rand Paul's toilets don't work, and he blames the Department of Energy.  —  At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday, Mr. Paul lambasted Kathleen Hogan …
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Darius Dixon / The Politico:
Paul wants government hands off his toilet
Discussion: The Note
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Blogger Poll: The 2nd Annual Ultimate Like/Dislike Poll For Famous People On The Right  —  Right Wing News emailed more than 260 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to rate 55 prominent people and organizations on the Right as either strongly liked, liked, disliked, or strongly disliked.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Riehl World View
Will Wilkinson / Prefrontal Nudity:
The Social Animal by David Brooks: A Scornful Review  —  The laudably ambitious aim of the The Social Animal: A Story of Love, Character, and Achievement, the new book by New York Times columnist David Brooks, is to weave a unified picture from the scattered discoveries in the various sciences …
Discussion: The Other McCain
JSOnline:
Assembly opens bitter debate on union bill, after protesters removed  —  By Jason Stein, Lee Bergquist, Don Walker and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - The Assembly ripped into a bitter debate over Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair and union-bargaining bill Thursday afternoon …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Domestic terrorism of the right-wing kind: Spokane arrest manifests once again where the threat lies  —  Not that it'll ever happen, but boy, does Bill O'Reilly owe Mark Potok an apology.  —  One day after castigating Potok publicly on his Fox News show for contending that …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP to cut $6B in three-week measure funding government  —  House Republican appropriators are drafting a three-week measure that cuts another $6 billion in spending this year.  —  The precise cuts in the continuing resolution, which is to be unveiled Friday, have not been detailed.
Discussion: NPR Topics
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justice Scalia Objects  —  One rough measure of how any Supreme Court term is going is to track the decibel level of Justice Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinions.  In a case last week, the question was whether statements made to the police by a shooting victim as he lay bleeding to death …
The Huffington Post:
Fed Report Finds No Wrongful Foreclosures By Banks, Consumer Advocates Slam Methodology … WASHINGTON, D.C. — A months-long investigation into abusive mortgage practices by the Federal Reserve found no wrongful foreclosures, members of the Fed's Consumer Advisory Council said Thursday.
Discussion: Emptywheel and naked capitalism
TMZ.com:
Sheen Sues Warner Bros. & Lorre for $100 Million  —  TMZ has learned ... Charlie Sheen has just filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, and he's not only demanding he get paid for the 8 scrapped “Two and a Half Men” episodes, he's also suing on behalf of the cast and crew …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
So unfav: Palin's poll plunge  —  Sarah Palin's unfavorable rating is off the charts.  —  The former Alaska governor's numbers are astonishingly upside-down, according to a new Bloomberg poll showing a 32 percentage point spread between those who have an unfavorable rating of Palin and those who view her favorably.
 
 
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Abu Muqawama / cnas.org:
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Discussion: The Jawa Report
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
House panel votes to stop Obama climate rules
Discussion: The Note and NPR Topics
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
2 State Legislators Surrender in Corruption Case
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Chorus for War  —  I sit at my desk every morning listening …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Two Dems break with White House on Medicare board
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hot Air
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Wisconsin GOP Bill Allows State to Fire Employees for Strikes, Walk-Outs
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Case for a No-Fly Zone
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Coffee, the New Shaky Commodity
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
The death of a girl and the sadness of John Thrasher
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Susanne Walker / Bloomberg:
Pimco's Gross Eliminates Government Debt From Total Return Fund