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10:25 PM ET, April 1, 2011


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New York Times:
Afghans Avenge Florida Koran Burning, Killing 12  —  MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Stirred up by three angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at a Florida church, thousands of protesters on Friday overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city …
New York Times:
Pastor Who Burned Koran Demands Retribution  —  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Before a Koran was burned at his modest church here on March 20, the pastor Terry Jones held a self-styled mock trial of the holy book, in which he presided as the judge from the pulpit.  The prosecutor was a Christian who had converted from Islam.
UN staff killed during protest in northern Afghanistan  —  The BBC's Paul Wood: “It shows how this issue really inflames passions”  —  At least eight foreign UN workers and four others have been killed in an attack on a UN compound in the Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif, officials say.
Tom A. Peter / Christian Science Monitor:
UN staff killed by Afghan mob enraged over Florida Quran burning
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Truthdig
Robert Costa / National Review:
Paul Rankles Reid on Libya  —  Washington — Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), a Tea Party favorite, has boxed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) into a corner.  After a quiet day of quorum calls and speeches, Reid abruptly adjourned the upper chamber Thursday and postponed votes until Monday.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Republicans: No deal on budget cuts
Discussion: The Hill, The Hill and Daily Kos
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid jabs Tea Party: ‘There were tens of them’ at DC rally
Wall Street Journal:
The Spending Fight  —  Republicans should realize they are winning the debate.
Discussion: Right Pundits and Hot Air
John Nolte / Big Government:
Devastating New Ad Might Be Game Changer in Wisconsin's Crucial April 5th Election  —  As is the case with any important election, events are happening fast as we approach the final weekend prior to the crucial Tuesday April 5 vote that will ultimately decide the future of Wisconsin for a generation to come.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Wisconsin Unions Attack Prosser for Calling a Judge a “Total Bitch”  —  This is one of the closing arguments against David Prosser in Wisconsin, from the Greater Wisconsin Committee.  —  The backstory: … So the video in the ad of Prosser looking like Al Pacino in Dog Day Afternoon is not from the incident.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Dem Party of Wisconsin: Expect at Least Six Recall Elections
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wes Barrett / Fox News:
Bachmann Tops Romney in First Quarter Fundraising  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., raised a combined total of $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2011, outgaining presumed presidential contender Mitt Romney who raised $1.9 million over the same period.  —  Bachmann's political action committee …
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Michele Bachmann collects $2 million in first fundraising quarter
John / Power Line:
Are We Doomed?  —  I grew up in a farm state, South Dakota, and still recall a joke that was then popular.  It grew out of the fact that the number of farmers in the U.S. was constantly declining, while at the same time the Department of Agriculture was steadily growing.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans flunk budget IQ test  —  Washington (CNN) - If you think cutting the government's budget is as easy as taking the ax to some unpopular federal programs, a new national poll suggests that you should think again.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday …
Jon Terbush / TPMDC:
Poll: Americans Wrongly Estimate $178 Billion In Fed. Budget Goes To Public Broadcasting
Discussion: Daily Kos and Weigel
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
A Word About Digital Subscriptions to The Huffington Post  —  Today marks a significant transition for The Huffington Post Media Group, as we introduce digital subscriptions for employees of The New York Times.  It's an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Huffington Post …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
You Saw This Coming: Fox News Announces ‘Mondays With Trump’ On Fox & Friends  —  Need to add some spice to your Monday morning?  Fox & Friends has announced just the thing for the media nerd that simply can't get enough of the most attention-grabbing potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates yet …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Donald Trump gets regular Fox News spot
Discussion: Salon and Mediaite
News from the University of Wisconsin-Madison:
Chancellor's message on academic freedom and open records  —  Note: To view a letter from UW-Madison legal counsel regarding the records request for Professor Cronon's emails, click here.  —  Members of the campus community,  —  Two weeks ago UW-Madison received an open records request …
Discussion: TPMDC, JSOnline, Emptywheel and Shakesville
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama, Libya, and Me  —  One of the reasons to vote for someone for president — perhaps the key reason, in fact — is good judgment.  Hillary Clinton may have taken a lot of flack for her “3 am phone call” ad during the Democratic primaries in 2008, but she was basically right: ideologically …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Intel analyst to CNN host: “You're just carrying water for Mr. Obama”  —  No, this isn't an April Fool's Day joke, although one could be forgiven for thinking that they've landed in Bizarro World in watching this interview of Michael Scheuer on CNN yesterday.
Discussion: The Last Tradition
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Scott Brown blasts Dems' checkup  —  Senator, kin ‘disturbed’ by health records search  —  U.S. Sen. Scott Brown — an upstart Blue State Republican in the cross hairs of national Democrats — is lashing out at the party's opposition researchers, accusing them of prying …
Rasmussen Reports:
57% Okay With Government Shutdown If It Leads to Deeper Budget Cuts  —  A majority of voters are fine with a partial shutdown of the federal government if that's what it takes to get deeper cuts in federal government spending.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
The Left Finds a Way to Display Their Hate For Palin & Jesus in One Exhibit  —  Killing two birds with one stone.  —  The left found a way to display their hate for Jesus and Sarah Palin in one art exhibit.  —  Here's one of the paintings from the Jesus Is Coming show at the R & R Gallery in LA:
Joseph E. Stiglitz / Vanity Fair:
Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%  —  Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few.  Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation's income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Guardian and Balloon Juice
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
King Barack I  —  Many of us supported this president because he promised to bring back the constitutional balance after the theories of Yoo, Delahunty, et al put the president on a par with emperors and kings in wartime.  And yet in this Libya move, what difference is there between Bush and Obama?
Ben Forer / ABCNEWS:
Ariz. Gov's Plan: Fine Obese Adults, Smokers  —  Arizonans Could Be Charged $50 Annually  —  As part of a plan to revamp the state's Medicaid program, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced on Thursday that she is proposing fees for adults who lead unhealthy lives.
Judge's order may delay union law for nearly two months  —  By Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — A Dane County judge on Friday kept in place a restraining order against a controversial collective bargaining measure, a ruling that could keep the law from going into effect for nearly two months.
Libyan Rebels Seek Cease-Fire as U.S. Vows to Withdraw Jets  —  (Updates with fighting in fourth paragraph, oil accord with Qatar in seventh, and Misrata hospital crisis in 14th.  See EXTRA and MET for more on Middle East unrest.)  —  Libyan rebels called for a cease- fire as forces loyal …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Does A Tea Party Rally Attracting “Dozens” Qualify As News?  —  Or put another way, is there any limit to how small or poorly attended a Tea Party rally can be before the press finally stops showering the right-wing movement with coverage?  Based on the avalanche of reporting …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Uncovered: New $2 billion bailout in Obamacare  —  Uncovered: New $2 billion bailout in Obamacare  — TAGS: - center for consumer information and insurance oversight - early retiree reinsurance program - obamacare  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork
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Discussion: Wonk Room and Gawker
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