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3:50 PM ET, March 17, 2011

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin trails Sheen with independents  —  We've found a lot of brutal poll numbers for Sarah Palin so far in 2011: down in South Dakota, down in South Carolina, down in Arizona, only up by 1 point in Texas, only up by 1 point in Nebraska to name a few.  But this has to be the worst- independent voters …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Trump torches GOP presidential field  —  Businessman Donald Trump took shots at the field of potential Republican presidential candidates and also fired one at House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) as he contemplates a 2012 bid.  —  Trump said he could put up as much as $600 billion …
Discussion: CNN and Indecision Forever
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Trump says he has doubts about Obama's birth place  —  (CNN) - Donald Trump, the business mogul who continues to claim he is seriously interested in mounting a bid for the White House, says he has doubts about whether President Obama was born in the United States.
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Congressman Mike Pence Says It's Time To Pick A Fight  —  HH: Joined now by Congressman Mike Pence.  Congressman, always a pleasure, thanks for joining us.  —  MP: Thank you, Hugh.  And thanks for having me on.  —  HH: Now Congressman, Jack Kingston, I like to think of as a friend.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pence: Boehner will ‘denounce’ Tea Party critics in GOP
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:   Obama Visits Japanese Embassy
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Anthony Weiner: Obama Is ‘Not A Values Guy’
Discussion: New York Times and Sky Dancing
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
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New York Times:
Become a Digital Subscriber starting March 28.  —  Unrivaled coverage.  Unlimited access.  —  Frequently Asked Questions  —  Experience The Times.  Anyway you want it.  — NYTIMES.COM  — SMARTPHONE APPS  — TABLET  — HOME DELIVERY  —  NYTimes.com  —  The world's premier news site.
New York Times:
A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions  —  Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions.  It's an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism …
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Scientists Project Path of Radiation Plume  —  A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.
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Ralph Vartabedian / Los Angeles Times:
Small amounts of radiation headed for California, but no health risk seen
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint won't back Romney without repudiation of Mass. health law  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) “would never consider” endorsing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president again in 2012 unless Romney repudiates the health reforms he sought as governor, a source close to DeMint said Thursday.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Giuliani swipes at Romney over health plan
John Distaso / UnionLeader.com:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Giuliani says Romney has some explaining to do
Discussion: GOP 12, TPMDC and LewRockwell.com Blog
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
During NPR Funding Debate, Rep. Jim McGovern Proposes No Federal Funding Should End Up At Fox News  —  Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that would strip all federal funds from NPR.  Conservatives have long targeted NPR because they believe it has a liberal bias …
Discussion: Lean Left, Fox News, The Politico and NPR
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House votes to move forward on defunding NPR
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Does the NPR Defund Vote Violate 72 Hour Pledge?
Joshua Hersh / The Daily:
Obama's indecision on Libya has pushed Clinton over the edge  —  Fed up with a president “who can't make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.  —  At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition …
James Poniewozik / Time:
NPR Sting: Edited Video Makes Schiller, O'Keefe Look Bad  —  On March 9, the list of radio jobs lost to video got a little longer.  NPR, under siege by conservatives who want to zero out public-media funding, ousted its CEO after a video sting by a group run by conservative provocateur James O'Keefe.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House stops short of veto threat on NPR defunding
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Put More Heat on NPR
ABCNEWS:
Trump on Boehner: 'I Don't Like the Crying'  —  “I don't like the crying,” he said of Boehner.  “I do not like it.  I don't understand it.  I really like him as a person.  I think the crying is an emotional thing that frankly, probably makes him a very nice man.  But you know, I don't like to see it in a leader.”
Charlie Langton / MyFOX Detroit:
Two Charged in Tea Party Election Fraud  —  Men were officials in Oakland Co. Democratic Party  —  PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) - Two former leaders of the Oakland County Democratic Party are facing a total of nine felonies for allegedly forging election paperwork to get fake Tea Party candidates on November's ballot.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Illusion of Disagreement  —  I want to associate myself with Ryan Avent's thoughts on the scientific status of economics and especially these remarks on how the nature of popular political punditry tends to create an exaggerated view of the scale of disagreement: … I think that's all spot on.
Discussion: Who Is IOZ?
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Ryan / The Bellows:
Economic Science  —  I have periodically engaged in a discussion …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Free exchange
PZ Myers / Pharyngula:
Why I am an amoral, family-hating monster...and Newt Gingrich isn't  —  Today is my wedding anniversary.  I've been married to the same woman for 31 years, without ever straying.  Newt Gingrich has been married 3 times, divorced one wife while she was recovering from surgery, and has had extra-marital affairs.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Hullabaloo
Michelle Malkin:
Mmm, mmm, mmm: NJ shuts down Barack Obama Elementary School  —  How fitting that a school named after our profligate, post-achievement president is shutting down thanks to fiscal mismanagement and non-achievement.  —  R.I.P., Barack Obama Elementary School (hat tip: reader Peter):
Discussion: APP.com
Brett Michael Dykes / Yahoo! News:
Dog in Japan stays by the side of its ailing friend in the rubble  —  It's a universal truth that dogs are man's best friend, but they're pretty darn loyal to their own as well.  Case in point: this tear-inducing video, via the website Jezebel, showing a dog, shivering and disoriented …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin to make first visit to Israel this weekend  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will make a two-day visit to Israel this weekend, according to multiple media reports Thursday.  —  During her visit, the potential 2012 presidential candidate will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhau …
 
 
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Julie Bolcer / Advocate:
Irish Minister Criticizes NYC St. Pat's Parade
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Christian Schneider / National Review:
The Wisconsin Assembly's Bold Leap
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
North Dakota economy booms, population soars
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Worse than they're letting on
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats wonder: What's our plan?
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Limits of Common Sense
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