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7:15 PM ET, March 10, 2011

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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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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Three Other Hearings King Could Have Held
Congressman Keith Ellison:
Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05) Testimony Before The House Homeland Security Committee
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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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 …
E.D. Kain / American Times:
Is Wisconsin the Real Republican Waterloo?  —  Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald (via Daylife)  —  After the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, conservative writer David Frum called the passage of the bill the GOP's “Waterloo” in reference to Napoleon Bonaparte's crushing defeat …
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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
JSOnline:
Assembly passes union measure 53-42 after bitter debate  —  By Jason Stein, Lee Bergquist, Don Walker and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - After police carried demonstrators out of the state Assembly Thursday, Republicans entered the chamber and approved …
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Los Angeles Times:
Wisconsin Assembly passes union proposal
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Barrett, Scott Walker's 2010 Opponent, Endorsed Voting Without Senate Democrats Present
Discussion: National Review and Pajamas Media
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)
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
They Brought a Tote Bag to a Knife Fight: The Resignation of NPR's CEO, Vivian Schiller  —  I feel compelled to share my view of the events that led yesterday to the resignation of Vivian Schiller as CEO of NPR.  I don't know if they add up to a coherent response.  Maybe not.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP: Full speed ahead on defunding NPR
Discussion: Hot Air, FrumForum and National Review
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
WGBH gets static over executives' pay, ‘Taj Mahal’
Discussion: Current.org Blog
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.
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
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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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
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.
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
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: Riehl World View and Vox Popoli
Josh Barro / National Review:
What's Next in Wisconsin  —  After a long standoff, it looks highly likely that Wisconsin will enact a law that severely restricts the scope of collective bargaining and the ability of public-employee unions to collect dues.  It's now worth reflecting on how this change is and is not significant.
Daily Mail:
Blind man keeps his old guide dog after it loses its sight... and then gets a new one who now leads them both around  —  After six years of loyal service, Graham Waspe was devastated when his guide dog Edward was left blind after developing cataracts.  —  But his devastation turned to joy …
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 …
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
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
NPR hosts, journalists ‘appalled’ by Ron Schiller's comments  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  In a letter to NPR listeners and supporters, NPR employees say the comments by former fundraising veep Ron Schiller “have done real damage to NPR.  But we're confident that the culture of professionalism we have built …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
New video: NPR was going to accept Muslim Education Action Center donation and hide it from the government  —  New video released Thursday afternoon indicates National Public Radio intended to accept a $5 million donation from fictitious Muslim Brotherhood front group Muslim Education Action Center …
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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