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3:35 PM ET, March 18, 2011

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Dane County judge halts collective bargaining law  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.
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WISC-TV:
Judge Issues Restraining Order To Block Collective Bargaining Bill  —  Dane County DA Filed Lawsuit  —  MADISON, Wis. — A Dane County judge has issued a restraining order on Friday to block publication of the state's collective bargaining law.  —  Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order …
Associated Press:
Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law
Associated Press:
Judge temporarily blocks Wis. union law
Discussion: protein wisdom and CNN
Associated Press:
Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin's New Labor Law
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Jawa Report
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WISCONSIN COURT BLOCKS ANTI-UNION BILL (FOR NOW). …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
How Obama turned on a dime toward war  —  At the start of this week, the consensus around Washington was that military action against Libya was not in the cards.  However, in the last several days, the White House completely altered its stance and successfully pushed for the authorization …
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New York Times:
Obama Warns Libya on Allied Action  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi on Friday to implement a cease-fire immediately and stop all attacks on Libyan civilians or face military action from the United States and its allies in Europe and the Arab world.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and will be released Friday, his son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, told Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview.
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
The U.N.'s High Stakes Gamble in Libya
Nick Baumann / MoJo Articles:
GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits  —  Were you raped?  Was it incest?  And other questions the government's tax cops would have to ask women who've terminated pregnancies.  —  Post Comment  —  Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Forgotten Millions  —  More than three years after we entered the worst economic slump since the 1930s, a strange and disturbing thing has happened to our political discourse: Washington has lost interest in the unemployed.  —  Jobs do get mentioned now and then — and a few political figures …
Dan Riehl / Big Government:
Exclusive Interview With Jim Shankman, the Man Behind the Ann Althouse Threat  —  Jim Shankman, the Madison-based author of a now notorious, vile Internet screed directed at blogger Ann Althouse and her husband, returned my call late last night and we spoke for approximately 30 - 40 minutes.
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
Answering Mark Levin's Challenge  —  On his Facebook page, Mark Levin takes exception to some of us who have said critical words about Sarah Palin.  —  In his response, Mark groups Karl Rove, David Frum, and me, all of whom served in the Bush administration.
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Mark Levin / Facebook:
Ronald Reagan & George W. Bush
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Support for Gay Marriage Reaches a Milestone  —  More Than Half of Americans Say Gay Marriage Should Be Legal  —  More than half of Americans say it should be legal for gays and lesbians to marry, a first in nearly a decade of polls by ABC News and The Washington Post.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Bachmann accuses Weiner of trading in ‘fiction’ on budget.  His retort: 'I don't think you want to go there'  —  There's something about Anthony Weiner that seems to really get under Sean Hannity's skin.  Maybe it's the way he makes both Hannity and his guests look like utter buffoons.
Discussion: LexisNexis
Sean Sullivan / Hotline On Call:
Half Would Vote Against Obama  —  Fully half of registered voters say they would definitely or probably vote for a candidate other than President Obama if the presidential election were held today, according to a new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll.
Associated Press:
Haley Barbour's son says he doesn't want father to make a White House run  —  WASHINGTON — The son of potential presidential contender Haley Barbour told a conservative columnist on Thursday that he hopes his father doesn't mount a White House bid.  —  In a personal e-mail to the columnist …
Wall Street Journal:
President ‘Present’  —  Obama dodges the big decisions to keep his approval ratings up.  —  One knock on Barack Obama in the 2008 election was his record as an Illinois state senator, where he repeatedly ducked tough issues by voting “present.”  It seems old habits die hard.
Playboy / PR Newswire:
Helen Thomas is Playboy's April Interview  —  A Candid Conversation with the Disgraced Dean of the White House Press Corps About her Rage against Israel, her Sympathy for Palestinians and Why she was Fired  —  /PRNewswire/ — “I knew exactly what I was doing - I was going for broke.
BREITBART.COM:
Obama cancels public speech in Rio square: embassy  —  President Barack Obama has cancelled a public speech he was scheduled to deliver Sunday in a Rio square during his upcoming visit to Brazil, the US embassy in Brasilia said.  —  The speech in the historic plaza known as Cinelandia …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Japan Raises Nuclear Crisis Warning Level Retroactively  —  TOKYO — Japanese engineers battled on Friday to cool spent fuel rods and restore electric power to pumps at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as new challenges seemed to accumulate by the hour …
John / Power Line:
One-Third of a French Fry Short of a Big Mac Meal  —  How can we put the current debate over the federal budget into a tangible perspective that anyone can understand?  This morning I read a post by Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute in which he criticized the Washington Post's characterization …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sixty-four senators call on Obama to take up tax, entitlement reform  —  President Obama came under new pressure Friday to broaden talks about government spending to include tax and entitlement reform.  —  Sixty-four senators — 32 Democrats and 32 Republicans — called for the expanded talks in a letter to Obama.
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Mend The Fed!  —  In the latest issue of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas I have a piece about progressives, the Federal Reserve, and the need to confront the centrality of monetary policy to economic issues: … Which is just to say that while there are a lot of greedy bastards in America …
Discussion: Eschaton
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Washington Post reporter named Biden communications director  —  Vice President Joe Biden has hired another veteran journalist to be his communications director: Washington Post congressional correspondent Shailagh Murray.  —  Murray succeeds Jay Carney, a former reporter for Time magazine …
Discussion: CNN
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Journalistic irony  —  On Wednesday, the Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, depicted the threat posed by Japanese nuclear reactors as much graver than had been suggested by Japanese officials.  Yesterday, this is how The New York Times described the impact …
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Read's Top 10 Senate takeovers  —  From The NBC Political Unit  —  With the news that DNC Chairman and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) is “increasingly likely” to run in Virginia and Rep. Dean Heller (R) getting into the Nevada race, we thought we'd bring you another Senate Top 10, our second of the year.
The Daily Caller:
How to Talk to a First Panicker: 5 Rules  —  How Not to Calm People Down: Governments at all levels in the U.S. are trying to reassure Americans that they have nothing to fear from the plume of radiation heading east from Japan across the Pacfic.  I assume the officials and experts are right about this.
Discussion: L.A. NOW
 
 
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Study Undercuts View of College as a Place of Same-Sex Experimentation
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Large Opposition to Military Intervention in Libya
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House Dem campaign arm outraises GOP for second month in row
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President heading home next month for party event
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Ali Abdullah Saleh / Aljazeera:
Yemen ‘state of emergency’ declared
Associated Press:
Libya declares cease-fire after UN vote
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Washington Post:
SEC moves to charge Fannie, Freddie execs
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