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3:50 PM ET, March 30, 2011


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Quinnipiac University:
Obama Gets Lowest Approval, Reelect Score Ever, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More Voters Oppose U.S. Involvement In Libya  —  American voters disapprove 48 - 42 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing and say 50 - 41 percent he does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012 …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Less Likely to View Obama as a Strong Leader  —  Six in 10 believe he is honest and trustworthy  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans have grown increasingly less likely to view President Obama as a strong and decisive leader since he took office.  Roughly half now believe this aptly describes …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Obama's approval hits new low  —  President Barack Obama's approval rating and prospects for reelection have plunged to all-time lows in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.  —  Half of the registered voters surveyed for the poll think that the president does not deserve …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Q-poll puts Obama approval at 42%, 48% disapproval
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Cold Fury
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll: Americans cooling on tea party  —  The tea party might be running out of steam.  —  The approval rating for the 2-year-old movement fell to 32 percent in a CNN/Opinion Research corporation poll released Wednesday, the lowest it's been since CNN first polled on the tea party in January 2010.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Unfavorable view of tea party on the rise  —  Washington (CNN) - Nearly half of all Americans have an unfavorable view of the tea party movement, putting it in the same company as the Democratic and Republican parties, according to a new national poll.
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Country doesn't care about Tea Party
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and HotAirPundit
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is the Tea Party pooped? It must keep making its case
Washington Post:
House Republican leaders turn to moderate Democrats for budget deal  —  Having difficulty finding consensus within their own ranks, House Republican leaders have begun courting moderate Democrats on several key fiscal issues, including a deal to avoid a government shutdown at the end of next week.
Anna Palmer / Roll Call:
House GOP Tries to Force Senate's Hand on Spending
Washington Examiner:
Examiner Editorial: Message to Republicans - Show us the cuts
Live Action Blog:
Planned Parenthood CEO's False Mammogram Claim Exposed  —  Contact: Amy Kim, 323.454.3304,  —  WASHINGTON, D.C., March 30-A series of new undercover phone calls reveals that contrary to the claims of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and other supporters …
New York Times:
Washington in Fierce Debate on Arming Libyan Rebels  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce debate over whether to supply weapons to the rebels in Libya, senior officials said on Tuesday, with some fearful that providing arms would deepen American involvement …
New York Times:
Pro-Qaddafi Forces Push Rebels Into Chaotic Retreat
Discussion: FrumForum and JustOneMinute
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Setting the Record Straight on State's Film Production Tax Credit  —  Goodness, cleaning up the sloppiness of reporters could be a full time job.  In response to The Daily Caller's online inquiry, I gave them a statement that the writer buried on his story's second page …
Stan Pillman / CBS Chicago:
Threats Claim Nuclear Bombs Hidden All Over U.S.  —  CHICAGO (CBS 2) - The threats came in the mail and to date, there have been 25 letters that warn of nuclear bombs destroying America.  —  People who got them called the FBI and CBS 2′s Kristyn Hartman learned, the Bureau's Chicago office is leading the investigation.
National Review:
Bench Brawl in Wisconsin  —  The Left long ago stopped pretending that court proceedings were anything other than exercises in raw-power politics, and so they've taken their fight against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker to the state supreme court — not in the form of a lawsuit …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Looking for Luck in Libya  —  There is an old saying in the Middle East that a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee.  That thought came to my mind as I listened to President Obama trying to explain the intervention of America and its allies in Libya — and I don't say that as criticism.
Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Won't Vote to Raise the Debt Limit  —  Everyone in Washington knows how to cut spending.  The time to start is now.  —  Americans have built the single greatest nation in all of human history.  But America's exceptionalism was not preordained.  Every generation has had to confront …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Coburn spars with Norquist over tax breaks for ethanol  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped conservative activist Grover Norquist on Tuesday for defending tax breaks that benefit special interest groups.  —  In a letter to Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform …
Only 14, Bangladeshi girl charged with adultery was lashed to death  —  Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN) — Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence.  But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl.  —  Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her.
Discussion: Feministing
Washington Post:
On NBC, the missing story about parent company General Electric  —  Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press - The story that General Electric did not pay federal taxes last year was widely reported everywhere but NBC.  —  It's the kind of accountability journalism that makes readers raise an eyebrow …
Mark Finkelstein / blogs:
Schultz: ‘Are You With The Terrorists, Or Are You With The President Of The United States?’  —  What's next: MSNBC hawking “America: Love It Or Leave It” bumper stickers?  —  The new fashion among the liberal network's anchors is to accuse critics of President Obama's Libya policy of being unpatriotic.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Sets Goal of One-Third Cut in Oil Imports  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama called on Wednesday for a one-third reduction in oil imports over the next decade, and said the effort had to begin immediately.  In a speech at Georgetown University , the president said that the United States cannot …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
American Embarrassment  —  It is always an education to watch our American writhings from overseas.  It is particularly excrutiating watching the Republican Party presidential candidates who, on a daily basis, pronounce some ignorant racist or irreligious twaddle...which—amazingly enough—manages to be heard around the world.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Feingold wants resignation of GE head from Obama's jobs council  —  Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) called Wednesday for the ouster of General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt from President Obama's jobs council.  —  Feingold, citing GE's ability to escape paying taxes on its $14.2 billion profit last year …
Discussion: The Politico
Sarah Laskow / American Prospect:
Semi-Homemade Sandra Lee Dates Politician, Lives Her Own Life  —  I'm not a big fan of Semi-Homemade Sandra Lee as recipe writer, cook, or TV personality.  But as a political spouse, she's the best we have.  —  First of all, she's not actually a political spouse: She and her sometime housemate …
Discussion: Yglesias
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN: US changing war “strategy” to all-out attack on Gaddafi forces  —  Is this really a change?  For the last eleven days, the US has attacked Libyan military targets almost exclusively under the wide definition of “protecting civilians,” which looks more like air cover for the rebellion.
Did Obama Administration Play Favorites With Energy Loans?  —  Green Firms Financed By Obama Fundraiser Steve Westly Score Millions in Federal Loans  —  When the White House announced the federal government would loan $465 million to Tesla, a California start-up company with plans to develop …
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
As Economy Sputters, a Timid Fed  —  Whenever officials at the Federal Reserve confront a big decision, they have to weigh two competing risks.  Are they doing too much to speed up economic growth and touching off inflation?  Or are they doing too little and allowing unemployment to stay high?
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
GOP frosh to Harry Reid: You've failed  —  Freshman House GOP members will send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday ratcheting up the pressure to pass a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fiscal year that “makes reasonable, responsible spending cuts”— and promise to protest daily until he does.
Henry / Crooked Timber:
“With Notably Rare Exceptions”  —  Alan Greenspan is back as free market evangelist, and it's rather wonderful. … It's best not to interpret this as an empirical claim, but a carefully-thought-out bid for Internet immortality.  It has the sublime combination of supreme self-confidence …
The Right Sphere:
On Batsignals and Media Matters' Tax Exempt Status  —  While everyone is having a good laugh at Media Matters this morning, something in Howard Kurtz's article struck me as odd.  In “Partisan Organizations Use Sound Bite Warfare”, Kurtz might have provided yet another reason why Media Matters 501(c)(3) status should be re-evaluated.
Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Man who attempted to assassinate Reagan wants more visits to Williamsburg  —  John Hinckley Jr. is petitioning for more unsupervised visits with family in Kingsmill  —  The accusation of Ronald Reagan's youngest daughter seems prophetic after Tuesday's federal court filing on behalf of John Hinckley Jr.
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The White House:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Obama takes dig at ‘drill, baby, drill’ in energy speech
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