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4:35 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 …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Schumer coordinates Dem budget attack on GOP  —  Chief Congressional Correspondent Follow Us @Examinerpolitic  —  Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Democratic Senate leadership, got on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning without realizing the reporters were already listening in.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
The Hill:
Dems adopt divide and conquer strategy
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
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 …
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
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Report: Bill Maher doubles down — calls Sarah Palin a ‘c**t’
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: Hot Air, TPMDC and AmSpecBlog
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Hoyer: Odds of government shutdown have increased over past two weeks
Jackie Calmesand Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Part of the Budget Fight: Picking a Bad Guy
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin Wonders Aloud if Libya Action is a “Squirmish”
Discussion: Wonkette
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.”
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
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
Discussion: GOP 12
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
Discussion: The Right Sphere
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
You've Come a Long Way, Baby  —  President Obama's unapologetic, freedom-agenda-embracing, not-shrinking-from-the-use-of- force speech.  —  I knew pretty early on during tonight's speech that President Obama had rejoined—or joined—the historical American foreign policy mainstream.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Libya and the GOP
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Cites Limits of U.S. Role in Libya
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.
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: How Obama's Libya claims fit the facts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be less than meets the eye to President Barack Obama's statements Monday night that NATO is taking over from the U.S. in Libya and that U.S. action is limited to defending people under attack there by Moammar Gadhafi's forces.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
PJ Crowley / Guardian:
Why I called Bradley Manning's treatment ‘stupid’  —  The US should uphold the highest standards towards its citizens, including the WikiLeaks accused.  I stand by what I said  —  Earlier this month, I was asked by an MIT graduate student why the United States government was “torturing” …
Discussion: Emptywheel and FP Passport
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 …
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 …
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
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
Revealed: The Banksy of Online Political Video  —  Today's hottest Republican online filmmaker got his start by backing Hillary Clinton.  The 22-year-old has only around 20 political videos under his belt, but the “features,” as he calls them, include iconic elements indicative …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Weigel
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Qadhafi's obscurity  —  Before Muammar Qadhafi — the Osama bin Laden of the 1980s — re-emerged onto the global scene as public enemy number one this spring, he had become a bit of a geopolitical has been, and a search of the clips finds little evidence that Barack Obama gave him much thought at all.
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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
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Dick Durbin holds Muslim rights hearings
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
CBS News:
With no airstrikes, rebels flee Qaddafi forces
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Left, Right And Time  —  I suffer, it seems, from an affliction that bedevils many.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Wyman / The Atlantic Online:
Katie Couric Is Probably Leaving CBS Evening News. What Took So Long?
Discussion: Poynter
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Tea Party to rev a NASCAR engine
Discussion: CNN and FrumForum
Alex Margolin / HonestReportingBackspin:
Breaking News: Facebook Shuts Down Third Intifada Group