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10:05 PM ET, March 29, 2011


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Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
On a Senate Call, a Glimpse of Marching Orders  —  Um, Senators, ever heard of the mute button?  —  Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, Charles Schumer of New York …
The Hill:
Cantor says, ‘Time is up’ to reach a spending deal for fiscal year 2011  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday ruled out another short-term measure to fund the government, raising pressure on both parties to reach a deal to avert a government shutdown after April 8.
Discussion: The Hill, Washington Post and FrumForum
Judge again blocks implementation of collective bargaining law  —  By Patrick Marley and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - A Dane County judge Tuesday blocked the state from implementing Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining measure.  —  “Further implementation …
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
CRUISE SHIP CONFESSION: Top Fox News Executive Admits Lying On-Air About Obama  —  In newly uncovered audio, a Fox News executive boasts that he lied repeatedly during the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign when he speculated on-air “about whether Barack Obama really advocated socialism.”
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Obama a Socialist?  Fox News Exec Said So, but Didn't Believe It  —  Bill Sammon, who's responsible for the network's Washington coverage, linked Obama to socialism many times during the 2008 campaign, but didn't believe the allegation, he acknowledged.  —  In the final stretch of the 2008 campaign …
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Sarah Palin Exaggerates Cost of Libya Intervention By 700%  —  Last night on Fox News, Greta van Susteren hosted former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to discuss what Palin termed the “squirmish” in Libya.  True to form, the former governor was reckless with basic facts and casually septupled the cost of U.S. intervention.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin Wonders Aloud if Libya Action is a “Squirmish”
Discussion: Wonkette and Salon
Dallas Voice:
Bill Maher at the Winspear on Sunday night: 'Your new theater isn't gonna be clean for long'  —  I've seen Kathy Griffin perform live, and Joan Rivers and Lisa Lampanelli and Chris Rock — and they are all hilarious and edgy and daring comics who say outrageous things and go places that scare …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller: much overtime would the drones at Media Matters rack up?
Discussion: The New Editor
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Huckabee Continues to Lead in GOP Positive Intensity Tracking  —  Little-known Herman Cain generates strong enthusiasm among those who recognize him  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Mike Huckabee continues to generate the strongest favorable reactions from Republicans who recognize him, with a Positive Intensity Score of 26.
The Note:
Take Two: Donald Trump Releases Official Birth Certificate  —  ABC News Michael Falcone reports:  —  Donald Trump learned the hard way this week that if you're going to call on the president to release his official birth certificate, you'd better do the same.
Ian Sample / Guardian:
Japan ‘has lost race’ to halt meltdown  —  Fukushima meltdown fears rise after radioactive core melts through vessel - but ‘no danger of Chernobyl-style catastrophe’  —  • In pictures: Fukushima nuclear emergency - week three  —  • Interactive: Japan earthquake: Ian Sample on efforts to contain the nuclear accident
Discussion: Climate Progress
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Calling BULLS**T on Rolling Stone  —  Seldom do I waste time with rebutting articles, and especially not from publications like Rolling Stone.  Today, numerous people sent links to the latest Rolling Stone tripe.  The story is titled “THE KILL TEAM, THE FULL STORY.”  It should be titled: “BULLS**T, from Rolling Stone.”
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops  —  The mantra, from President Obama on down, is that ground forces are totally ruled out for Libya.  After all, the United Nations Security Council Resolution authorizing the war explicitly rules out any “occupation” forces.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott incredibly unpopular  —  You could say Rick Scott's honeymoon is over...but that would suggest he had one in the first place.  A December PPP poll shortly before Scott took office found that only 33% of Florida voters had a favorable opinion of their new Governor to 43% who viewed him negatively.
David Weigel / Weigel:   Poll: Rick Scott Joins the Ranks of the New Republican Governors Who've Torqued Everybody Off
Tom Tomorrow / This Modern World:
Tom Tomorrow:  —  A period of transition  —  I don't really remember the exact date, but at some point in late 1994 or early 1995, I met my editor from the SF Examiner, David Talbot, for lunch at the Rincon Center food court in San Francisco.  Over some cheap take-out …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Alex Roarty /
Howard Dean: Democrats Should Be ‘Quietly Rooting’ for Shutdown  —  Speaking at the National Journal Insiders Conference on March 29, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that a government shutdown would be bad for the country but good for Democrats.
Discussion: Don Surber, Hot Air, TPMDC and AmSpecBlog
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Conservative Think Tank Seeks Michigan Profs' Emails About Wisconsin Union Battle ... And Maddow  —  A free enterprise think tank in Michigan — backed by some of the biggest names in national conservative donor circles — has made a broad public records request to at least three in-state universities …
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
House votes to end HAMP  —  The House Tuesday voted to eliminate the last of four Obama administration housing programs, in an effectively symbolic vote to end the controversial Home Affordable Modification Program 218 to 109.  —  The loan program launched at the beginning …
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Have We Got Arab Politics All Wrong?  —  We've long tended to assume that foreign policy drives Arab public opinion, but the uprisings in Egypt and Syria may show us otherwise  —  On January 31, in one of his few public interviews, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Wall Street Journal, “Syria is stable.
Discussion: Yglesias and New Yorker
Syrian cabinet resigns amid unrest
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CAN'T ANYBODY HERE PLAY THIS GAME?.... At face value, congressional Republicans went into budget talks playing a strikingly weak hand.  They're an unpopular party, pushing unpopular spending cuts, going up against a more popular president.  Of the three main players — the House, the Senate …
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
3-Month Nightmare Emerges in Rape Inquiry  —  CLEVELAND, Tex. — A year ago, the 11-year-old girl who the police say was the victim of repeated gang rapes in this East Texas town was an outgoing honor roll student, brimming with enthusiasm, who went on hikes and planted trees with a youth group here.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Levin takes on Ron Paul supporters: ‘I promise you his followers are the biggest a-holes of them all’  —  There's no doubt that 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul of Texas has some dedicated followers, and they're especially ambitious in using the Internet to spread their message.
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Gingrich fears ‘atheist country ... dominated by radical Islamists’  —  Newt Gingrich at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas.  —  Hours after declaring Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he's worried the United States could be …
Kerry Picket / Washington Times:
Cash for Clunkers 2: The Return of Government Motors  —  Ready for another cash for clunkers program?  It looks like General Motors is attempting to replace it's own consumer incentives with tax payer money.  The car company, bailed out of bankruptcy in 2009 by the American tax payer …
Thomas Sowell / Real Clear Politics:
Voting With Their Feet  —  The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to place within the United States.  In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.
Marc Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Why Obama had to act in Libya  —  “We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi - a city nearly the size of Charlotte - could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.  It was not in our national interest to let that happen.
Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
Members Collect Many Unpaid Tickets  —  Members of Congress have immunity from many routine parking tickets in the District of Columbia, but that doesn't mean they can't try to rack up fines.  —  According to a Roll Call survey of vehicles parked on Capitol Hill and at Ronald Reagan Washington …
Ross Douthat:
Not All Choices Are False  —  One of President Obama's recurrent rhetorical tropes during the 2008 campaign was the “false choice” maneuver, in which he would distance himself from straw men of the left and right to better sell himself as a post-partisan figure.
Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Dem losers still blaming Nancy Pelosi  —  As victims of the House Democratic election massacre speak out about what caused their ouster last November, they are pointing their fingers squarely at a Washington duo: Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.  —  Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Left, Right And Time  —  I suffer, it seems, from an affliction that bedevils many.  I now find myself largely opposed to most Republicans and in favor of a Democratic president as an even tempered pragmatist.  But I have not reimagined myself as a leftist.  Others have, of course, but I wince a little every time.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Administration Denies That Libya Mission Goes Beyond UN Mandate
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Graham: Those Engaged In Anti-Muslim Hate Speech Are ‘Putting Our Soldiers At Risk’
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Coverage of 2012 Candidates, the Blogs and the Beltway Divide
Andy Thibault / Washington Times:
Anti-genocide advocate credits Obama for Libyan uprising
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US paves way to arm Libyan rebels
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Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Former Lt. Gov. candidate Caroline Fayard catches flak for comments at Democratic event
Discussion: The Politico
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Continuing Story of Romney's Mormon Problem
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Revealed: The Banksy of Online Political Video
Discussion: Weigel
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
AT&T merger could swell ranks of union that backs Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air