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12:35 PM 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.
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
In 7:30 p.m. address, Obama to say Libya strikes averted catastrophe - Robert Gibbs may give up reelection campaign for big Facebook job - Amb.  Huntsman campaign-in-waiting amps  —  LYNN SWEET: “Obama 2012 national headquarters will be at [Chicago's] One Prudential Plaza …
Discussion: Wonkette
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama campaign settles on reelection office in Chicago
Discussion: The Caucus
Lynn Sweet:   Obama's 2012 HQ: Will be in Chicago's Prudential Building. Exclusive
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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOW NOT TO NEGOTIATE, 101.... In just 11 days, if policymakers …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and The Raw Story
Juan Williams / The Hill:
OPINION: Bachmann poses dilemma for Boehner, GOP majority
Discussion: and Pirate's Cove
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Are Winning the Budget Fight
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Paging SEK...  Just a guy Obama knew from the neighborhood.
Discussion: WorldNetDaily
New York Times:
Libyan Rebel Gains Could Be Fleeting, U.S. Military Says  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — As rebel forces backed by allied warplanes pushed toward one of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's most crucial bastions of support, the American military warned on Monday that their rapid gains could quickly be reversed without continued coalition air support.
Jillian Rayfield / TPMDC:
Biden Team Apologizes For Using Storage Closet As Holding Room For Reporter  —  Joe Biden's spokeswoman sent an apology note to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers for using a storage closet as a holding area at a recent event in Florida.  —  The incident got a lot of attention …
Scottpowers / Orlando Sentinel:
How my wait in a closet almost brought down the White House
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
American Thought Police  —  Recently William Cronon, a historian who teaches at the University of Wisconsin, decided to weigh in on his state's political turmoil.  He started a blog, “Scholar as Citizen,” devoting his first post to the role of the shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council …
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.”
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... That disgraced former House Speaker sure does say strange things. … Yeah, just think about it.  Unless we all become conservative Christians, the next thing you know, prominent leaders might start cheating on multiple wives.  —  Oh wait.  —  Everything about Gingrich's little tirade is bizarre.
Discussion: Eschaton
Salena Zito / Real Clear Politics:
GOP Can't Ignore Wisconsin Recall Battle  —  For weeks, the national media focused on union protests in Wisconsin.  —  Aging hippies trashed the state Capitol.  Union members were bused in from across the country in color-coded T-shirts.  Democrat state senators hid in an Illinois motel.
Discussion: Althouse
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Govs face budget blowback  —  It was supposed to be one of the clearest messages of the 2010 elections: Voters were finally fed up with government spending.  —  It felt like the usual rules had changed, and that Americans were worried enough about the size of government to support a new era of belt-tightening.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: The newspaper's a year older; and we are still being blamed  —  This past Thursday was an anniversary.  The “Union” part of the Union Leader begn its 149th year of continuous daily publication.  It was a weekly even earlier.  — > Jim Grady: RGGI benefits all Granite Staters (13)
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Joe Bageant:
Joe Bageant, 1946-2011  —  After a vibrant life, Joe Bageant died yesterday following a four-month struggle with cancer.  He was 64.  Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara, his three children, Timothy, Patrick and Elizabeth, and thousands of friends and admirers.  He is also survived by his work and ideas.
Christopher Toothaker / Associated Press:
Chavez urges Venezuelans to cut calorie intake  —  CARACAS, Venezuela—President Hugo Chavez urged Venezuelans on Sunday to cut their calories to avoid obesity — the latest lifestyle recommendation by the self-proclaimed socialist crusader.  —  Chavez has lobbied in recent weeks …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Water Issues Worry Americans Most, Global Warming Least  —  Environmental concerns are flat since 2010, but down over past decade  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With Earth Day about a month away, Americans tell Gallup they worry the most about several water-related risks and issues among nine major environmental issues.
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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Jon Lee Anderson / New Yorker:
WHO ARE THE REBELS?  —  Three of the world's great armies …
John / Power Line:
Free Enterprise vs. National Socialism
Discussion: Opposing Views and
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A War By Any Name  —  Tonight, in a speech that probably …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Strong corporate profits amid weak economy - What's up with that?
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Obama hosting education town hall with Hispanics
The Daily Caller:
“Humanitarian imperialism.”  I think that label will stick.
Discussion: RedState
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Rolls Out First Mobile Battery of Antirocket System
Discussion: American Power and Truthdig
The Note:
Tim Pawlenty Beefs Up National Fundraising Team Ahead Of Presidential Bid
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Goldblog is a Pro-J Street Blog
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Senior adviser from 2008 rejoins Romney's team
Discussion: GOP 12
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Hardly Settled in House, but Already in Hot Seat
Discussion: The Caucus and Balloon Juice
The Muqata:
Talmud Study now Mandatory in South Korea
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Weigh Sociology Issue in Wal-Mart Discrimination Case
Discussion: NPR and SCOTUSblog
Darci Kistler / CBS News:
The Reagan shooting: A closer call than we knew