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8:20 PM ET, March 28, 2011


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Exclusive to Newsmax: Donald Trump's Birth Certificate  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Donald Trump, who has been making television appearances calling for President Barack Obama …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Trump is now ‘really concerned’ about Obama's birthplace  —  (CNN) - He off-handedly questioned President Obama's birthplace last week - a comment that drew strong rebukes from some quarters - but now business mogul Donald Trump says he's more concerned than ever that the president was, in fact, not born in the United States.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump's birther play  —  I asked longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone, who is working on the unofficial “Draft Trump” effort, rather than the attempts at an official campaign, why Trump would embrace discredited theories about Obama's birth.  —  Stone emails with five reasons:
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Trump Goes Full Birther: ‘I Am Really Concerned’ Obama Not Born In USA
Discussion: Salon
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Trump: I want Hawaii governor ‘investigated’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
It's beginning to look a lot like a shutdown  —  (Alex Brandon - AP) Brian Beutler has a nice story running down the state of play on the budget negotiations.  The takeaway is that Republicans aren't just insisting that Democrats cut as deep as the GOP wants, but that they also cut in the way the GOP wants.
Discussion: TPMDC
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans Prepare To Reject Final White House Budget Offer  —  It's been almost a week since House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House last sat down to hammer out a budget agreement, and the schedule's still blank.  Accusations of bad faith are now flying from both sides.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Democrats Will Offer Additional $20 Billion in Budget Cuts  —  I feel like US fiscal policy is trapped on some kind of treadmill.  Democrats offer some level of budget cuts for the current fiscal year, Republicans reject anything less than what they've proposed, and then they put together …
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 …
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
A BRIEF NOTE ON THE BILL AYERS VIDEO AND CASHILL'S CLAIMS OF HIS DREAMS AUTHORSHIP  —  Full disclosure: I am Blog Editor of The American Thinker  —  There's a video of Bill Ayers making the rounds of conservative blogs where the radical extremist “admits” to writing Obama's best selling autobiography Dreams of my Father.
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Paging SEK... [updated]
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
A Birtherism Lexicon  —  Libertarian billionaire David Koch isn't a birther, exactly; he just thinks the president is a Marxist who got all his ideas from his father: … So Koch has his facts basically right; Obama didn't know his father very well.  But he nevertheless insists …
Discussion: Yglesias and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Life After Being Discharged From The Military Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Discussion: Yglesias
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Reid urges GOP to ditch Tea Party  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to ditch members of the Tea Party and cut a deal with Democrats to avert a government shutdown.  —  Reid insisted it is those GOP internal divisions that are threatening …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
OPINION: Bachmann poses dilemma for Boehner, GOP majority
Discussion: and Pirate's Cove
Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
WHO ARE THE REBELS?  —  Three of the world's great armies have suddenly conspired to support a group of people in the coastal cities and towns of Libya, known, vaguely, as “the rebels.”  Last month, Muammar Qaddafi, who combines a phantasmagorical sense of reality with an unbounded capacity for terror …
USA Today:
When standardized test scores soared in D.C., were the gains real?  —  WASHINGTON — In just two years, Crosby S. Noyes Education Campus went from a school deemed in need of improvement to a place that the District of Columbia Public Schools called one of its “shining stars.”
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.
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
White House Announces ‘Greener’ Eggs, Packaging for Annual Easter Egg Roll
National Review:
Wisconsin Fight Goes to Court  —  As the dust settles in Madison, Wisconsin Republicans face a troubling coda: Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill is being tripped up in the courts.  Union heavies smell blood.  And the unruly parade of lefty activists and hulking Teamsters that occupied …
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
GOP Can't Ignore Wisconsin Recall Battle
Discussion: Nice Deb and Althouse
After Paying Zero Income Taxes, GE Plans To Ask Its Union Workers To Make Wage And Benefits Concessions  —  Our guest blogger is Mike Elk, a freelance labor journalist and third generation union organizer based in Washington, D.C. You can follow him for more updates on Wisconsin on twitter at @MikeElk.
Robert S. McElvaine / The Politico:
Haley Barbour, slavery and the Civil War  —  Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor and likely 2012 Republican presidential aspirant, has recently made a series of missteps involving race and the Civil Rights Movement.  He seemed unclear about basic historical points.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Barbour on the Late Unpleasantness
Discussion: Democracy in America
Mark Boal / Rolling Stone:
The Kill Team  —  How U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan murdered innocent civilians and mutilated their corpses - and how their officers failed to stop them.  Plus: An exclusive look at the war crime photos censored by the Pentagon  —  By  —  Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan …
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
EU to ban cars from cities by 2050  —  Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years.  —  The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Maine governor removes labor mural  —  A mural depicting vignettes of state and national labor history was removed over the weekend from Maine's Labor Department headquarters in Augusta, Gov. Paul LePage's office said Monday morning.  —  The 11-panel mural that includes images of worker strikes and …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
He Dreamed He Saw Kim Jong-il
Discussion: Susan Campbell
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
A Strange Man Is Following You  —  Shouting about mind-control assassins, the 9/11 conspiracy, and the Bilderberg Group, radio host Alex Jones has cornered the bipartisan paranoia market.  —  A shadowy group of elites—mainly international bankers but also George W. Bush, Barack Obama …
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Washington Post:
U.S. deploys low-flying attack planes in Libya
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Eunomia
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Herman Cain assailed as ‘bigoted’ over Muslim remarks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Labor Ups Pressure On Lawmakers To Nix Union-Busting House Bill
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
States broke? Maybe they cut taxes too much
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
CNN Poll: Neither Democrats or GOP have edge in budget battle
Discussion: National Review and Speaker
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New York Post:
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Discussion: Fox Nation, Mediaite and The Wire
PJ Crowley: ‘No regrets’ over Bradley Manning remarks
Discussion: The Raw Story and
Les Christie /
13% of all U.S. homes are vacant
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
To rescue or not to rescue?  —  Walking along the beach, I hear a cry of help.
Discussion: Unfogged
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Tom Toles on Gentrification
Scottpowers / Orlando Sentinel:
How my wait in a closet almost brought down the White House
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... That disgraced former House Speaker sure does say strange things.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Eschaton