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7:45 AM ET, March 28, 2011

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide  —  Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Won't Intervene in Syria as Assad Differs From Qaddafi, Clinton Says  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. won't enter into the internal conflict in Syria the way it has in Libya.  —  “No,” Clinton said, when asked on the CBS “Face the Nation” program if the U.S. would intervene in Syria's unrest.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Lieberman: Maybe we should go into Syria, too
Discussion: Guardian
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
US officials: Libyan operation could last months
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Lieberman would back US action in Syria
Darci Kistler / CBS News:
The Reagan shooting: A closer call than we knew  —  Bob Schieffer on how quick thinking prevented a tragedy when a gunman fired on the president 30 years ago … It's one of those artifacts of the electronic age: Videotape of an ordinary afternoon that, in a matter of seconds, became etched forever in our memories.
Jack Cashill / American Thinker:
Ayers affirms he wrote Dreams from my Father  —  Last Thursday evening at Montclair State University, with a video camera rolling, Bill Ayers volunteered that yes indeed he had written the acclaimed Barack Obama memoir, Dreams from My Father.  —  Unprompted, Ayers also noted that while Dreams deserves …
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Welcome to Wal-Mart: The Biggest Case of the Term  —  On Tuesday morning, the United States Supreme Court will hear argument in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, an already-epic battle between the world's largest corporation and perhaps as many as one million current and former employees, all of them female …
Discussion: CBS St. Louis and SCOTUSblog
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Weigh Sociology Issue in Wal-Mart Discrimination Case
Discussion: The Caucus
Paul Krugman:
Wages and Employment, Yet Again  —  Oh, my.  Even Matt Yglesias doesn't quite get it.  —  Writing about Republican plans to raise employment by reducing it, he writes … Then he turns, rightly, to the problem of nominally denominated debt.  But look: even if we didn't have that problem …
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Political Punch:
Biden Team Apologizes to Reporter for Sticking Him In Closet  —  “Scott - You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” wrote Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander last Wednesday to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers.
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Simon Neville / Daily Mail:
Er, we made a mistake... Vice President's aide apologises to journalist locked in a closet for hours during fundraiser
BBC:
Japan nuclear plant data error was ‘unacceptable’  —  The BBC's Mark Worthington says many people in Japan are becoming increasingly concerned about what is going to happen in the future  —  The Japanese government has attacked the operator of a crippled nuclear plant for “unacceptable” mistakes.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Billionaire self-pity and the Koch brothers  —  Since the financial crisis of 2008, one of the most revealing spectacles has been the parade of financial elites who petulantly insist that they are the victims of societal hostility: political officials heap too much blame on them …
Discussion: The Politico and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
N.Y. Budget Deal Cuts Aid to Schools and Health Care  —  Culminating weeks of secretive negotiations and intense political jockeying, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and leaders of the Legislature on Sunday announced a $132.5 billion budget agreement that would cut spending, impose no major new taxes …
Deborah Cole / Agence France Presse:
Merkel party in German state poll disaster  —  BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives lost power in their German heartland after nearly six decades, initial poll results showed Sunday, with the Greens likely to lead their first state government.
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Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Greens set to take Merkel heartland
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Wall Street Journal:
Fiscal Showdown Looms in Capitol  —  The White House and Democratic lawmakers, with less than two weeks left to avoid a government shutdown, are assembling a proposal for roughly $20 billion in additional spending cuts that could soon be offered to Republicans, according to people close to the budget talks.
Billy Graham / msnbc.com:
Meet the Press Netcast  —  on msnbc.com -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - The Last Word - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: This Sunday, the allied strike against Libya stretches into a second week as the U.S. seeks to limit its role.
Jonathan Lemire / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg does Spider-Man, ‘Mamma Mia’ at Inner Circle 2011  —  Mamma Mayor!  —  Mayor Bloomberg took the stage at the annual Inner Circle Saturday night and - after aborting an attempt to be Spider-Man - donned bell bottoms and platform shoes and cavorted with the cast of “Mamma Mia.”
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James Hohmann / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich: I'm not a hypocrite
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and National Review
 
 
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Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Gary Johnson to launch 2012 presidential bid in April
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Julian Sanchez:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GUESS WHO ‘STOLE THE SHOW’ IN IOWA?.... Iowa will host dozens of …