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10:55 PM ET, March 25, 2011

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JSOnline:
Collective bargaining bill published despite restraining order  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - A controversial bill limiting collective bargaining for public workers has been officially published despite a temporary restraining order barring its publication.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin: Anti-Union Bill Published Despite Restraining Order  —  Wisconsin's Capitol Dome in Madison (photo: WxMom)  —  When I first read about this, I actually dismissed it.  There was no way that the laws of the state of Wisconsin would be so consistently abrogated in this fashion, I thought.
Discussion: host.madison.com
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Why Obama's Libya war coalition is the smallest in decades  —  President Barack Obama has touted his emphasis on multilateralism in the U.S. military intervention in Libya, but, for political, operational, and legal reasons, Obama's “coalition of the willing” is smaller than any major …
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Bruce Ackerman / Foreign Policy:
Obama's Unconstitutional War
Discussion: Eunomia
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
Antiwar Senator, War-Powers President
Discussion: National Review and Cato @ Liberty
New York Times:
Allies Are Split on Goal and Exit Strategy in Libya
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
In Defense of ‘Dithering’  —  Five years ago a young politician …
Paul Krugman:
Academic Intimidation  —  Regular readers may recall my praise for William Cronon's Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West, a great book that had a big influence on my work in economic geography.  Cronon has inspired many other people; Josh Marshall was deeply influenced by his environmental history of New England.
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
‘Have You No Sense of Decency?’  The Wm.  Cronon Story  —  BEIJING, China.  I don't mean to keep butting in and have just a minute to type this out, but I think it's important to direct attention to a new abuse of power underway in Wisconsin.  —  William Cronon (right), whom I know very slightly …
Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder:
Bob Herbert to Leave The Times  —  Bob Herbert, a columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed page, is leaving the paper after nearly 20 years.  —  Mr. Herbert's resignation was announced in a memo to Times staff members on Friday.  His last column will appear in the paper on Saturday.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Does Pawlenty Have a Sharia Problem?  —  Pawlenty's effort to expand Muslim homeownership could hurt him in the GOP primary.  —  Abid Lakhani wanted to buy a home.  —  Unfortunately, as an observant Muslim, his options were limited.  Many Muslims hold that the paying or charging of interest …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Pawlenty shut down Islam-friendly mortgage program  —  Adam Serwer wrote today about a Minnesota program that offered mortgages compliant with Islamic law, structured to avoid interest payments.  The program was a response to then-Governor Tim Pawlenty's push to increase minority home-ownership …
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Huckabee Has Slight Edge, Palin Down, in GOP '12 Preferences  —  Romney, Palin would tie if Huckabee does not run  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mike Huckabee tops a large list of potential GOP presidential candidates in current support for the party's 2012 nomination, with 19% of Republicans saying they are most likely to back him.
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Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Harper government falls in historic Commons showdown  —  The second minority government of Stephen Harper has fallen.  —  Early Friday afternoon, 156 opposition MPs - all of the Liberals, New Democrats and Bloquistes present in the House of Commons - rose to support a motion of no-confidence.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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CBC News:
Election looms as government falls
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Telegraph:
Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links  —  Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.  —  Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought …
CNN:
Energized Muslim Brotherhood in Libya eyes a prize  —  (CNN) — Dr. Abdulmonem Hresha knows first hand how Moammar Gadhafi's regime works.  He says the seeds of his opposition were sown when he was age 10.  —  He and classmates were taken to witness the public execution of a political opponent of Gadhafi.
Discussion: New York Times and Babalú Blog
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Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Florida looks to curtail union dues  —  The latest in the public sector union fight, this time in Florida:  —  After a largely party-line vote, the Florida House delivered a major blow to public employee unions, approving a bill that would ban automatic dues deduction and require members …
Discussion: RedState
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John Kennedy / Post on Politics:
House OK's barring union deductions
Discussion: RedState
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Newt Gingrich's Libya Shift, Issue by Issue  —  One important factor in evaluating Newt Gingrich's endlessly confusing explanation of his position on Libya is that it's not just one issue that he's apparently flipped on.  While his direct demand for a no-fly zone and subsequent criticism …
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The Politico:
Barack Obama to lawmakers: We won't kill Qadhafi  —  President Barack Obama told congressional leaders there are no plans to use the U.S. military to assassinate Libyan strongman Muammar Qadhafi — despite the administration's policy of seeking regime change in the North African country …
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and The Hill
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Katie Couric Plots CBS Exit  —  The CBS Evening News anchor is very likely to leave in June, and Scott Pelley is a top contender to replace her—but CBS is looking both within and outside the network, Howard Kurtz reports.  Plus, behind the CBS News shakeup.  —  The search is on for Katie Couric's successor.
The Note:
Haley Barbour On Global Warming: ‘We Should Proceed’ As If It ‘Is Actually Happening’  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Potential presidential candidate Haley Barbour appears to be staking out a moderate position on global warming than some of his possible rivals …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN, Hot Air and Swampland
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Michigan Drastically Cutting Unemployment Insurance And Fox's Stuart Varney is Simply Giddy Over Real ‘Austerity’  —  Michigan voted to extend unemployment initially, but has now become the first state to cut the number of weeks a person can have unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 20 starting in 2012.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
In Prison for Taking a Liar Loan  —  A few weeks ago, when the Justice Department decided not to prosecute Angelo Mozilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide, I wrote a column lamenting the fact that none of the big fish were likely to go to prison for their roles in the financial crisis.
Discussion: Credit Slips
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Connie Mack will NOT run for U.S. Senate  —  U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV won't run for U.S. Senate.  —  “I've got two small children and it's hard enough to get to spend a lot of good quality time now.  I have a wife.  They are all very important to me and at the end of the day family has to be number one …
Dave Gram / Associated Press:
Vt. House passes single-payer health care bill  —  MONTPELIER, Vt.—Every Vermonter could sign up for state-financed health insurance under a bill passed by the House on Thursday that would put the state on a path to a single-payer health care system by the middle of this decade.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
F.B.I. Memorandum  —  Below is the text of an unsigned, internal F.B.I. memorandum, obtained by The New York Times, that provides guidance to agents about when, in the course of interrogating a terrorism suspect, they should advise the suspect of his so-called Miranda rights to remain silent …
Emily Miller / Human Events:
Senate GOP Demand Balanced Budget Amendment for Raising Debt Ceiling  —  The Senate Republicans are preparing to tell President Obama that they want a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the Constitution passed in Congress in exchange for raising the statuary debt ceiling above $14.2 trillion.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Lamestream Media: Reload or White Flag?  —  “Let's keep pivoting around media bias, and not get distracted with the vulgar personal shots.  Call out lies and set the record straight, but always keep the ball moving.  No one ever won a game only playing defense.”
 
 
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Ex-Rep. Dan Maffei ‘strongly considering’ another bid in 2012
Discussion: Citizen and The Politico
Washington Post:
Yemeni leader offers to hand over power, but only to ‘safe hands’
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Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Youth Vote: Dems' Secret Weapon 40 Years in the Making?
Detroit Free Press:
UAW protest forces bank branch to close temporarily
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... On Fox News this morning, Bill Hemmer …
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How Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Got Off Easy
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 Earlier Items: 
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Ford Stops Making Black Vehicles (Briefly)
ABCNEWS:
Giffords Able to Walk, Speak, Husband Says
Discussion: USA Today and Outside the Beltway
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Against The F-Word  —  During a debate over neoconservatism …
Discussion: American Power and Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
Number of black D.C. residents plummets as majority status slips away
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Arizona Sheriff Arpaio and Steven Seagal send in the tanks to bust up chickens
Discussion: Mediaite and The Impolitic
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Austerity Delusion  —  Portugal's government has just fallen …