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8:05 PM ET, March 31, 2011


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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Tea Party group: ‘Cut it or shut it’  —  A small but vocal group of Tea Party activists gathered outside the Capitol on Thursday to urge House Republican leaders to hold the line and push for deeper spending cuts in the federal budget.  —  Chanting, “Cut it or shut it” and “We want less,” …
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Odd Alliance: Business Lobby and Tea Party  —  The Tea Party does not have a presence in Indonesia, where the term evokes cups of orange pekoe and sweet cakes rather than angry citizens in “Don't Tread on Me” T-shirts.  —  But a Tea Party group in the United States, the Institute for Liberty …
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Tea Party activist to GOP: ‘Take off your lace panties,’ cut more from the budget
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:
Kennedy Pal Goes AWOL as Tea Party Cashes In: Margaret Carlson
Aaron_Sharockman / St. Petersburg Times:
Democrat chastized for saying ‘uterus’ on House floor  —  During last week's discussion about a bill that would prohibit governments from deducting union dues from a worker's paycheck, state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, used his time during floor debate to argue that Republicans are against regulations …
New York Times:
Rumors Fly in Tripoli as a Second Official Flees  —  BREGA, Libya — As rebel forces began a cautious regrouping after a panicked retreat, an atmosphere of paranoia descended on the Libyan capital of Tripoli following the defection of the country's foreign minister, Moussa Koussa.
Revealed: Gaddafi envoy in Britain for secret talks
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Robert Gates again rules out U.S. ground forces for Libya
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
Gates, Mullen face hostile Libya questions
Discussion: Close Read and FrumForum
New York Times:
NATO Warns Rebels Against Attacking Civilians  —  WASHINGTON — Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned the rebels in Libya not to attack civilians as they push against the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to senior military and government officials.
Bryan Preston / Pajamas Media:
NATO's now threatening to bomb Libya's rebels
Discussion: protein wisdom
Judge Says Union Bargaining Bill Not In Effect  —  Sumi Amends Temporary Restraining Order  —  MADISON, Wis. — The contentious collective bargaining law that strips most public workers of nearly all collective bargaining rights and force them to contribute more to their pension and health plans …
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
Clinton To Congress: Obama Would Ignore Your War Resolutions  —  Update: Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), who asked Clinton about the War Powers Act during a classified briefing, said Clinton and the administration are sidestepping the measure's provisions giving Congress the ability to put a 60-day time limit on any military action.
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Shades Of John Yoo
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Imperial President, Ctd
Discussion: Yglesias and The Politico
Jim Vicevich / Radio Vice Online:
Senator Dianne Feinstein: Missiles won't do it so ... it's time we arrest Gaddafi  —  I wish I were kidding with this headline, but I am not.  The Senator from California knows air raids won't cut it.  So far so good.  So she believes it's time we ... arrest him?  —  My guess is if we could we would.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Feinstein: Let's “go in and arrest” Gaddafi
Discussion: Hit & Run and Theo Spark
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Shah: GOP budget would kill 70,000 children  —  As Congress struggles to negotiate a budget deal to keep the government running, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) told lawmakers Wednesday that the GOP version of the budget bill would result in the deaths …
Ari Berman / The Nation:
Jim Messina, Obama's Enforcer  —  In March 2009 the Campaign for America's Future, a top progressive group in Washington, launched a campaign called “Dog The (Blue) Dogs” to pressure conservative Blue Dog Democrats to support President Obama's budget.  When he heard about the effort …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
SHOCKING DISCOVERY: The Day After 9-11 Van Jones Led Rally Where They Cheered American Killers (Video)  —  Hero of the Left-  —  Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King reported recently at Big Government on a long lost video of Van Jones leading a rally in Oakland, California the day after 9-11 where they cheered the American killers.
Dominic Di-Natale / Fox News:
Japan's Nuclear Rescuers: ‘Inevitable Some of Them May Die Within Weeks’  —  March 14: A Red Cross rescue worker, in red, is scanned for signs of radiation upon returning from Fukushima to his hospital in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.  —  Workers at the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant …
Kyodo News:
Up to 1,000 bodies left untouched near troubled nuke plant
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Associated Press:
Israel releases army map showing nearly 1,000 purported Hezbollah underground military sites  —  JERUSALEM — The Israeli military on Thursday released a map detailing what it says are nearly 1,000 underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities and monitoring sites built by the militant Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Poll: Young voters increasingly happy with Obama  —  President Obama's job-approval rating among young people has gone up, even as his overall approval rating has hit an all-time low in certain surveys.  —  A new poll of 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard University's Institute of Politics …
Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Gohmert: Libya Goal Is To “Deplete The Military” So Obama Can Call Up Private Army  —  5 hours and 13 minutes ago — Matt Finkelstein  —  Last night on the House floor, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered a bizarre new theory about President Obama's decision to intervene in the Libyan crisis.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Mocks Newt Gingrich: ‘He Has More War Positions Than He Has Wives’  —  Potential GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich has been in hot water lately after ThinkProgress caught him flipping his position on the Libyan war rapidly over the span of just a few weeks …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats consider proposing tax hikes  —  Senate Democrats are discussing plans to introduce tax policy changes that they say would raise federal revenues and broaden the budget debate beyond discretionary spending cuts.  —  Democrats feel they have been boxed by Republicans into a debate …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up in Florida  —  It doesn't look like Florida will be losing its status as one of the most competitive states in the country at the Presidential level next year- voters in the state are almost evenly divided on Barack Obama's job performance and although he leads all six of the Republicans …
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
GOP says 5,000 non-citizens voting in Colorado a ‘wake-up call’ for states  —  Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year's election.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
An Arizona Senate Race Waits to See if Giffords Emerges to Run  —  TUCSON — Representative Gabrielle Giffords is still in the hospital, but some of her most ardent backers are so enamored of the idea of her running for the Senate that they describe the inevitable campaign commercials …
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The unbeatable Republican?  —  Massachusetts is a deeply Democratic state, one in which barely more than 15 percent of the seats in the state Legislature are held by Republicans and fewer than 15 percent of all registered voters belong to the GOP.  So it's hardly surprising that national Democrats …
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Jayne O'Donnell / USA Today:
Wal-Mart CEO Bill Simon expects inflation
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Jibran Khan /
Pakistani Minister calls on Interpol and the Pope to condemn Florida Koran burning
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
Kathleen Sebelius: Health care in U.S. like ‘a developing country’
Discussion: Say Anything
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Exclusive: Ron Paul's $3M pot of gold
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Only 7% Think Government Employees Work Harder Than Those in Private Sector
Discussion: Marathon Pundit
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Braley and Loebsack paired, King with Latham in proposed new U.S. House map
Discussion: Ballot Box and Greg's Opinion
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NOT ROMNEY'S STRONGEST SUBJECT.... He can't talk about health care.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump warns of ‘greatest scam’ ever
Discussion: The Page
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP plans $1 trillion cut to Medicaid
Discussion: National Review, The Hill and FrumForum
Bennett Roth / Roll Call:
AARP Is Next on GOP Target List