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6:40 PM ET, March 29, 2011


 Top Items: 
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 …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Eric Cantor balks at short-term budget deal  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor all but ruled out Tuesday another short term continuing resolution next week absent a budget deal first with the White House and said he was not party to potential compromises discussed by Speaker John Boehner's office …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Page
The Hill:
Dems adopt divide and conquer strategy
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor raises stakes, nixes another budget stopgap: ‘Time is up’
Discussion: The Hill and FrumForum
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Schumer coordinates Dem budget attack on GOP
Discussion: protein wisdom and Pajamas Media
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Hoyer: Odds of government shutdown have increased over past two weeks
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 …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin Wonders Aloud if Libya Action is a “Squirmish”
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: How Obama's Libya claims fit the facts
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
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.
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.”
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Cain added to list of GOP White House hopefuls at New Orleans event
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
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
Joe Scarborough / Reuters:
The hypocrisy of the American left  —  Self-righteousness is a dangerous vice.  It breeds arrogance and moral blind spots for those who come to believe they are superior to those who share different worldviews.  —  Televangelists have fallen prey to this feeling of superiority …
The hypocrisy of the American left
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
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.
CBS News:
McCain pushes Qaddafi ouster by “any means”  —  Arizona senator seeks more forceful U.S. commitment to Libyan rebel movement, saying simple no-fly zone would be a repeat of post-Gulf War Iraq strategy  —  Sen. John McCain continued to press President Barack Obama for a more forceful strategy …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
CBS News:
With no airstrikes, rebels flee Qaddafi forces
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Blog
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
US paves way to arm Libyan rebels  —  Clinton tells London conference that UN security council resolution 1973 over-rode absolute prohibition of arms to Libya  —  Hillary Clinton has paved the way for the United States to arm the Libyan rebels by declaring that the recent UN security council …
State stops collecting union dues, starts charging more for health care  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's administration is no longer collecting dues on behalf of state unions and as of Sunday began charging employees …
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.
Discussion: driftglass and Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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Richard E. Cohen / The Politico:
Dem losers still blaming Nancy Pelosi
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nin-Hai Tseng / Fortune:
Who is paying $31K to dine with Obama in Harlem?
Discussion: Gothamist
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Former Lt. Gov. candidate Caroline Fayard catches flak for comments at Democratic event
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
The Continuing Story of Romney's Mormon Problem
Discussion: Yglesias, and Washington Post
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Revealed: The Banksy of Online Political Video
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Weigel
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Dick Durbin holds Muslim rights hearings
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Cain's Audience  —  Herman Cain is doing an excellent job …
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
AT&T merger could swell ranks of union that backs Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air
PJ Crowley / Guardian:
Why I called Bradley Manning's treatment ‘stupid’
Discussion: Emptywheel and FP Passport
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Tea Party to rev a NASCAR engine
Alex Margolin / HonestReportingBackspin:
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