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12:00 PM ET, March 26, 2011

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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.
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: Wonkette and Daily Kos
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Media Matters' war against Fox  —  David Brock described Media Matters' campaign against Fox as ‘guerrilla warfare and sabotage.’  —  The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of …
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 …
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.
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: Althouse, Eunomia, Firedoglake and The Hill
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John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
Antiwar Senator, War-Powers President
Discussion: National Review and Cato @ Liberty
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Why Obama's Libya war coalition is the smallest in decades
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP sets sights on AARP over its support for healthcare reform  —  Newly empowered House Republicans are getting ready to renew their attacks against AARP over its support for the healthcare reform law, The Hill has learned.  —  The Ways and Means health and oversight subcommittees are hauling …
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.
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.
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 and Hot Air
Lebanon news:
Live updates on Syria's uprising  —  European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton issued a strongly-worded condemnation Saturday of the brutality of Syria's response to the “legitimate” aspirations of protestors.  —  15:48 Twitter user @wissamtarif says live ammunition is being heard right now in Daraa.
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Aljazeera:
Deaths as Syrian forces fire on protesters
Discussion: Time, Hot Air, Associated Press, CNN and Truthdig
Suzy Khimm / Mother Jones:
Rick Scott's Medicaid Overhaul to Benefit...Rick Scott?  —  Florida's governor is pushing a privatization plan that could be a major boon for health care companies.  Like his.  —  Post Comment  —  Republican governor Rick Scott's push to privatize Medicaid in Florida is highly controversial …
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
TheDC Exclusive: Spitzer's former madam ‘probably’ running for New York mayor if Client 9 does  —  Ex-madam and former New York gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis is considering a run against former New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer if he enters the race for mayor of New York City in 2013.
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.
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CBC News:
Election looms as government falls
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Reuters:
Canadian government falls, election set for May
Discussion: Globe and Mail
John Kennedy / Post on Politics:
House OK's barring union deductions  —  Following the latest firefight between Democrats and Republicans, the GOP-dominated House OK'd legislation Friday that would bar state and local governments from collecting payroll deductions for union dues.  —  Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary …
Discussion: RedState
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Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Florida looks to curtail union dues
Discussion: RedState and Orlando Sentinel
 
 
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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
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Newt Gingrich's Libya Shift, Issue by Issue
CNN:
Energized Muslim Brotherhood in Libya eyes a prize
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Youth Vote: Dems' Secret Weapon 40 Years in the Making?
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
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James Joyner / Outside the Beltway:
Ford Stops Making Black Vehicles (Briefly)
Discussion: Clusterstock