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8:45 AM ET, March 26, 2011

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JSOnline:
Collective bargaining law published despite restraining order  —  Fitzgerald, Barca disagree on whether law goes into effect Saturday  —  By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — In a stunning twist, Gov. Scott Walker's legislation limiting collective bargaining …
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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
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.
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Losing Our Way  —  So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wonkette
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 …
Bruce Ackerman / Foreign Policy:
Obama's Unconstitutional War  —  By unilaterally going to war against Libya, Obama is bringing America closer to the imperial presidency than Bush ever did.  —  In taking the country into a war with Libya, Barack Obama's administration is breaking new ground in its construction of an imperial presidency …
Discussion: Eunomia
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John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
Antiwar Senator, War-Powers President
Discussion: National Review and Cato @ Liberty
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
In Defense of ‘Dithering’  —  Five years ago a young politician …
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
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
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budget Impasse Increasing Risk of U.S. Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — With time running short and budget negotiations this week having reached an angry impasse, Congressional leaders are growing increasingly pessimistic about reaching a bipartisan deal that would avert a government shutdown in early April.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Booman Tribune
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
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 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: The Hill, Hot Air and CNN
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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: The Big Picture
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 …
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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Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Limbaugh: 'Its Entirely Possible A Loser (GOP) Candidate Will Get The Nomination  —  “Thanks to you, my own staff is ganging up on me in here!” said Rush Limbaugh to a caller earlier today.  The caller had asked Limbaugh to offer an endorsement to one of the potential Republican presidential candidates …
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
oed.com:
Latest update  —  The latest update of the OED, published on 24 March 2011, revises more than 1,900 entries and adds new words from across the dictionary.  The OED's chief editor, John Simpson, provides some observations on the revisions in this update, while Graeme Diamond and Katherine Martin comment …
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: Babalú Blog
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Syrian Troops Open Fire on Protesters in Several Cities  —  CAIRO — Military troops opened fire on protesters in the southern part of Syria on Friday, according to news reports quoting witnesses, hurtling this strategically important nation along the same trajectory that has altered the landscape of power across the Middle East.
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Aljazeera:
Deaths as Syrian forces fire on protesters
Discussion: Time, Hot Air, Associated Press, CNN and Truthdig
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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JSOnline:
GOP seeks e-mails of UW-Madison professor
 
 
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Dave Gram / Associated Press:
Vt. House passes single-payer health care bill
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Ex-Rep. Dan Maffei ‘strongly considering’ another bid in 2012
Washington Post:
Yemeni leader offers to hand over power, but only to ‘safe hands’
Discussion: The Page
Emily Miller / Human Events:
Senate GOP Demand Balanced Budget Amendment for Raising Debt Ceiling
Carl M. Cannon / Real Clear Politics:
Youth Vote: Dems' Secret Weapon 40 Years in the Making?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Detroit Free Press:
UAW protest forces bank branch to close temporarily
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... On Fox News this morning, Bill Hemmer …
Conchita Sarnoff / The Daily Beast:
Behind Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Sweetheart Deal
Discussion: The Other McCain and FishbowlDC
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