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3:45 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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Congressman Keith Ellison:
Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05) Testimony Before The House Homeland Security Committee  —  The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response  —  Thank you Chairman King for allowing me to testify today.  Though the Chairman and I sometimes disagree …
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans and Democrats Disagree on Muslim Hearings  —  Overall, 52% of Americans say congressional hearings scheduled for Thursday are appropriate  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans and Democrats differ significantly in their views of the House Homeland Security Committee hearings …
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
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.
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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 …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Tom Barrett, Scott Walker's 2010 Opponent, Endorsed Voting Without Senate Democrats Present
Discussion: Pajamas Media and National Review
Scott Walker / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Fighting in Wisconsin  —  We can avoid mass teacher layoffs …
JSOnline:
Senate advances collective bargaining changes; Democrats to return after Assembly action
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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Jon Byman / 620WTMJ:
Capitol Chaos: Lawmakers Get Death Threats  —  MADISON - The State Department of Justice confirms that it is investigating several death threats against a number of lawmakers in response to the legislature's move to strip employees of many collective bargaining rights.
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 …
Discussion: Weigel, USA Today and techPresident
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.
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: FrumForum
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: Dems not serious, GOP cleaning up 'last year's mess'
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Pundit & Pundette and Althouse
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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Deadline.com, Inside TV and TVLine
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 …
Agence France Presse:
US Senator: Mideast unrest not causing gas price surge  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - A senior US senator on Thursday ruled out violent unrest across the Middle East as a main cause of surging oil and gasoline prices, placing the blame instead on plans to curb greenhouse gases.
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Wisconsin GOP Bill Allows State to Fire Employees for Strikes, Walk-Outs  —  On Wednesday night, Republicans in Wisconsin's state senate rammed through a retooled version of Governor Scott Walker's controversial “budget repair bill” with the 14 senate Democrats still in hiding in Illinois.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Susanne Walker / Bloomberg:
Pimco's Gross Eliminates Government Debt From Total Return Fund  —  Bill Gross, who runs the world's biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., eliminated government-related debt from his flagship fund last month as the U.S. projected record budget deficits.
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Two Dems break with White House on Medicare board  —  Two House Democrats have signed onto a Republican bill to repeal a health reform provision that the Obama administration has touted as a central tool to keep health costs under control.  —  Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hot Air
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Case for a No-Fly Zone  —  “This is a pretty easy problem, for crying out loud.”  —  For all the hand-wringing in Washington about a no-fly zone over Libya, that's the verdict of Gen. Merrill McPeak, a former Air Force chief of staff.  He flew more than 6,000 hours, half in fighter aircraft …
 
 
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Deficit Proposal Picks Up New Allies
New York Times:
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Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
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Interrogator in the Assange case friend with woman accusing Wikileaks founder