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Welcome to Tuesday’s edition of the “post,” our semi-regular effort to grab the internet by the horns …

Today’s big news in South Carolina politics? There wasn’t much, honestly …

The S.C. Ways and Means committee, which is busy putting together the first draft of the state budget, deleted a proviso that would have given an additional $22 million to select South Carolina public charter schools. This funding is a priority of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and S.C. Superintendent of Education Mick Zais – you know, in lieu of providing real school choice.

Sources tell FITS that the money for these public charter schools could be included in a separate piece of legislation that’s currently pending before the S.C. House – although it’s still unclear where the money is coming from.

Given the fact that the state is facing an estimated $700-800 million shortfall, that’s a problem …

In other news, sources tell FITS that former S.C. Board of Economic Advisors (BEA) Chairman John Rainey has expanded his investigation into the governor. Rainey – an independently-wealthy attorney and GOP fundraiser – has already sought documents related to Haley’s stormy tenure with a Columbia-area hospital foundation.

What’s he investigating now? Stay tuned for our exclusive report on that …

In national news, stocks took a beating in response to the ongoing turmoil in Libya – which is threatening to spike fuel prices in America at a time when inflation is already beginning to creep its way into the economy.

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-FITS

SOUTH CAROLINA

RGA spent $900,000 on Nikki Haley’s underwhelming 2010 victory … (The State)

Haley appears to be breaking state FOIA law – again … (WSPA)

Haley ripped for transparency hypocrisy … (Daily Gamecock)

Haley promises to be SC tourism ambassador … (AP)

The Andre Bauer “Zoolander” interview … (Black Box)

The “Will Folks for Governor” interview … (SC Hotline)

Alvin Greene weighs in on U.S. Congressman’s tiger costume … (The Hill)

Former AG Henry McMaster takes job at USC … (The State)

… and gets ripped by liberal blogger … (SC Soapbox)

Mark Sanford’s 2006 campaign account is still open … (Voting Under the Influence)

SC Rep. Chris Hart tells lawmakers to “get busy …” (WLTX)

SC Senators: Biz should make noise over $933 million tax hike … (Independent Mail)

… and they are … (Greenville News)

Public charter school funding issue explored … (Post and Courier)

… more coverage … (AP)

BREAKING: Charter funding proviso defeated … (AP)

Spartanburg District 5: Lobbyists or layoffs? (The Voice)

SC Congressmen among those accepting federal health care … (McClatchy)

Liberal editorial board blaming Jim DeMint on Charleston port issue … (The State)

SC-Georgia ports war continues … (AJC)

Editorial board praises college transparency … (Post and Courier)

Editorial rips “cookie cutter” schools plan … (SCNow)

SC prison officer charged with theft … (AP)

SC school district investigates missing $100K … (SCNow)

SC forgives snow days … (The State)

SC festivals want more film incentives … (AP)

SC could ban texting while driving … (SCNow)

Bill would let SC governor, lieutenant governor run on ticket … (WLTX)

SCE&G to raise fuel costs … (T&D)

… and build coal ash landfill … (WCIV)

New SC tourism leader likes dark liquor and funny jokes? (Post and Courier)

100 lost jobs in Charleston … (AP)

… 100 added in Ridgeville … (Industry Week)

Gas in SC hits $3.00 a gallon … (The State)

Get ready to pay more at the pump ...

2012 ELECTIONS

GOP hopefuls test SC waters … (AP)

Poll: Obama narrowly leads Donald Trump … (CNN)

Michele Bachmann’s in “heaven” in SC … (Politico)

Bachman says Glenn Beck can solve our financial problems … (TPM)

Rick Santorum in SC … again … (AP)

… funnier “Santorum” news … (Mcall)

Mike Huckabee is in no hurry to decide on 2012 … (LA Times)

US Sen. John Thune will not run … (Washington Post)

… who benefits? (Washington Post)

Ronald Reagan on Haley Barbour … (Politico)

SC GOP consultant: Palin candidacy in trouble … (Process Story)

Palin “obsessed and paranoid …” (Telegraph)

Forget Palin, Newt Gingrich … (Political Insider)

Chris Christie releases budget in New Jersey … (CNN Money)

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels caving to unions in Indiana … (TPM)

“Romneycare” could flatline Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign … (Politico)

D.O.A. already?

AMERICA

WISCONSIN: Gov. Scott Walker raises the stakes … (Guardian)

WISCONSIN: Walker “won’t back down …” (FOX)

WISCONSIN: Fleeing lawmakers face few consequences … (ABC)

WISCONSIN: Fleeing lawmakers inspire imitators in Indiana … (NPR)

WISCONSIN: Teacher protests send mixed messages … (GetLiberty)

WISCONSIN: Jesse Jackson is on the scene! (Trib)

WISCONSIN: The ethics of fake sick notes … (FOX)

FED BUDGET: Shutdown Ante Upped … (TPM)

FED BUDGET: White House examining impact of shutdown … (WSJ)

FED BUDGET: Federal workforce grows under Obama budget … (Foundry)

FED BUDGET: Democrat leader proposes one-month budget extension … (Politico)

FED BUDGET: Public could react differently this time … (FOX)

FED BUDGET: Spending restraint works … (Cato)

FED BUDGET: Entitlements will be the death of US economy … (United Liberty)

Obamacare: States take the lead in opposing it … (GetLiberty)

Obamacare: Another hearing highlights its problems … (Foundry)

Net neutrality’s future uncertain … (PC World)

Problems with TSA body scanners … (NBC Dallas)

Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question in five years … (CNN)

Somali pirates kill four Americans … (LA Times)

Oil prices climb on Libya fears … (FOX Business)

Oil crisis? Don’t panic … (Reuters)

… but Wall Street is panicking … (CNN Money)

Is a “catastrophic crash” coming? (CNBC)

Wal Mart’s US sales down again … (NYT)

Home price update … (CNN Money)

… and a much more detailed update … (Forbes)

GLOBAL UNREST: The latest on Bahrain … (BBC)

GLOBAL UNREST: Libya’s leader says he cannot resign … (CSM)

GLOBAL UNREST: Obama urged to step it up on Libya … (FOX)

GLOBAL UNREST: Iranian warships complete exercise … (Bloomberg)

GLOBAL UNREST: Region in turmoil … (Aljazeera)

Tell me whatcha say (whatcha say) ...

GOOD STUFF

Speak up a bit … (Business Week)

Spider venom as Viagra … (MSNBC)

Not kosher … (My FOX)

Not funny … (AOL)

Deodorant thief busted … (NBC Connecticut)

This attack is understandable … (WZVN)

This one not so much … (The Blaze)

Rock music denounced as Satanic … (News AU)

Asian sect leader has 39 wives … (Reuters)

The  103-year-old virgin … (SWNS)

More Jesus sightings in stuff … (KTLA)

Man claims to be king … (MSNBC)

The International UFO Congress is in full swing … (AOL)

What they steal in West Virginia … (MSNBC)

Step into a Slim Jim!

SPORTS

Next year’s top SC football prospect narrows list … (Post and Courier)

SCAR hoops: Darrin Horn blames teams woes on youth … (Post and Courier)

SCAR hoops: How did it get this bad? (Anderson Independent)

SCAR hoops: Don’t count Horn out yet … (The State)

SCAR hoops: Let the defense of Horn begin … (Mr. SEC)

SCAR hoops: Kentucky explains why it ran up the score on Gamecocks … (Lex18.com)

Clemson hoops: Tigers on NCAA bubble … (Post and Courier)

Clemson FB: Analyzing defensive coordinator Kevin Steele … (Shakin the Southland)

Carolina Panthers won’t place franchise tag on DeAngelo Williams … (ESPN)

NFL meetings continue … (AP)

UConn avoids post-season ban … (FOX Sports)

Vols offer praise for Derek Dooley, staff … (Mr. SEC)

UGA QB Aaron Murray’s ankle injury not that serious … (AJC)

What to expect from the Florida Gators in 2011 … (OS)

Cam Newton calls himself an “icon …” (FOX Sports)

Bow down, y'alls ...

STAR STUFF

Jennifer Aniston’s new haircut … (People)

Justin Bieber’s new hair cut … (Time)

Jennifer Tilly is a good poker player … (WWTDD)

New Lindsay Lohan photo shoot … (Beer Goggler)

Alyssa Milano is pregnant … (M&C)

Rihanna wants Colin Farrell … (Sun)

Katy Perry slams Britney Spears over new video … (NY Daily News)

WTF, Lady Gaga? (The Superficial)

Angel Dark is in a bikini … (Beer Goggler)

So is Laura Dore … (HitHipHop)

Lily Aldridge is in wedding lingerie … (Popoholic)

Monica Bellucci slippped out of her dress … (WWTDD)

Miley Cyrus cancels her dad’s appearance on The View? (PopEater)

Maxim Russia features Joanna Krupa … (Beer Goggler)

GQ features Diora Baird (IDLYITW)

Remember her from Wedding Crashers?

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