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6:10 PM ET, April 1, 2011


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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghans Angry Over Florida Koran Burning Kill U.N. Staff  —  MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Stirred up by a trio of angry mullahs who urged them to avenge the burning of a Koran at Florida church, thousands of protesters overran the compound of the United Nations in this northern Afghan city …
Una Moore / UN Dispatch:
This Attack is Different  —  Mark asked me to respond to today's attack on UN staff in Mazar-i-Sharif.  This post is my initial reaction.  —  Kabul, Afghanistan - Foreigners have been killed in Afghanistan before, and today's attack was not the first fatal attack on UN staff.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and FrumForum
U.N. staffers killed in Afghanistan
Laura King / Los Angeles Times:   Mob kills 8 U.N. workers in Afghanistan
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Reid jabs Tea Party: ‘There were tens of them’ at DC rally
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Republicans: No deal on budget cuts
Discussion: The Hill and 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
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann tops Mitt Romney in fundraising
Discussion: CNN and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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 …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: Government shutdown would cost more money than it would save
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
House Violates 72 Hour Pledge Again
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
More Americans Back Unions Than Governors in State Disputes  —  Nearly 8 in 10 adults in union households are following the issue closely  —  PRINCETON, NJ — With political battles over state budgets and collective bargaining still playing out to varying degrees in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana …
Chris Hubbuch / La Crosse Tribune:
Democrats: We have the signatures in Kapanke recall effort  —  La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted over votes to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers.
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 …
Aswini Anburajan / American Prospect:
Who Are Libya's Rebels?  —  As reports come in that CIA operatives …
Discussion: Yglesias, Flopping Aces and BBC
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
We've Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers  —  More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.  —  If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink …
Foreign Banks Tapped Fed's Lifeline Most as Bernanke Kept Borrowers Secret  —  U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's two-year fight to shield crisis-squeezed banks from the stigma of revealing their public loans protected a lender to local governments in Belgium …
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 …
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 and Guardian
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP launches mock ‘Obama 2012’ ad  —  The mock ad, which features Obama riding a unicorn over a rainbow, declares: “Four more years: America needs more changing.”  —  Republicans are taking aim at President Obama's impending reelection effort with a mock campaign ad outlining his first two years in office.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Defection Track  —  Everybody has questions and anxieties about our policy in Libya.  My own position is this: I oppose the policy the Obama administration has described in various public statements.  I support the policy the administration is actually executing.
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:
Discussion: The Blaze and Weasel Zippers
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
The Problem With HBO's Game Change  —  HBO is adapting a miniseries based on Game Change, the book about the 2008 election.  But as Hollywood casts liberal actors to play all the parts, Meghan McCain doubts that it will be an accurate portrayal of what actually happened.
Discussion: USA Today, CNN and Gawker
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Mellon Doctrine  —  “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate.”  That, according to Herbert Hoover, was the advice he received from Andrew Mellon, the Treasury secretary, as America plunged into depression.  To be fair, there's some question …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Trump's shadow  —  First Read crystallizes the problem:  —  Donald Trump is going to be an amazing distraction.... On the one hand, if you're Mitt Romney, you probably like this.  Trump — at least from now until June — takes oxygen away from Tim Pawlenty and Haley Barbour.
Discussion: and FrumForum
Judge's order may delay union law for weeks  —  By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — A Dane County judge on Friday kept in place a restraining order against a controversial collective bargaining measure, and it may keep the law from going into effect for weeks and months.
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Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Even Funds That Lagged Paid Richly
Discussion: Wonk Room and Gawker
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Intel analyst to CNN host: “You're just carrying water for Mr. Obama”
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama, Libya, and Me  —  One of the reasons to vote for someone …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and New Atlanticist
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Newt Gingrich's Shutdown Journey, From “Clearly Wrong” to “Historic Success”
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects Obama-backed labor amendment in FAA bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Empty Chinese Houses
Discussion: Eschaton and Grist
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Lindgren on Ideology and Intelligence in Legal Scholarship
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Arizona Proposes Medicaid Fat Fee
Patrick Smith / Salon:
The art of getting the hell out of an airport
Discussion: Yglesias and Paul Krugman