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Welcome to Tuesday afternoon’s edition of the “post,” our semi-regular effort to Vulcan mind meld with the internet …

Today’s big news comes out of Washington, D.C., where the Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a temporary spending resolution that will keep government funded through March 18. The measure included $4 billion worth of spending cuts.

Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate have pledged to hold a vote on the resolution within two days …

(To read our take on this compromise, click here).

As usual, if you’ve got a link that you would like us to include in the “post,” feel free to email it to us or submit it anonymously on our contact page. And yes … blog posts and random photos are welcome. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring an installment of the “post,” click here.

Finally be sure to KEEP CHECKING BACK (and frequently REFRESH THIS PAGE) as we routinely add links during the afternoon.

-FITS

SOUTH CAROLINA

Nikki Haley, Barack Obama butt heads on health care … (McClatchy)

… more coverage … (Post and Courier)

Haley doesn’t want to give Amazon a tax break … (WJBF)

Haley barred from giving cabinet directors big raises … (The State)

Haley looks kinda funny in a hard hat … (Herald Online)

iPad-gate: In case Haley missed Obama’s speech … (CCP)

iPad-gate: Haley gives Obama the angry bird … (The Discust)

SC moves to scrap concealed weapons permits … (HuffPo)

People have finally stopped caring about Alvin Greene … (Free Times)

SCGOP wants expedited ruling on closed primary elections … (Greenville News)

SC Sen Tom Davis: Legislature to blame for Medicaid shortfall … (The State)

SC Sen Ray Cleary gets blasted over controversial magistrate’s pick … (WPDE)

SC Senators vow to keep “tort reform” moving … (Process Story)

Another state agency??? (SCRN)

SC cell phone tab totals $5 million … (Post and Courier)

… but no money for rape victims … (AP)

SC Arts Commission dodges budgetary bullet … (WCBD)

… more coverage … (CCP)

College student whines about the budget … (Daily Gamecock)

More “hydrogen economy of the future” nonsense … (Greenville News)

… here, too … (The State)

SC Superintendent Mick Zais interviewed … (WLTX)

Time running out to find Heritage Golf Tournament sponsor … (Island Packet)

… more coverage … (Savannah Now)

… more coverage … (NBC Sports)

One of the “Nikki-Bots” gets exposed … (Process Story)

About that ferry SC taxpayers are paying for … (Gadsden Times)

Columbia mayor wants to pay for “commuter rail” to Charlotte … (WIS)

Liberal editorial board objects to spending caps … (The State)

Editorial urges merger of prison, parole agencies … (P&C)

Editorial says SC State is “under attack …” (T&D)

… as school fights back over Clyburn center … (T&D)

The latest on the rail dispute in Charleston … (P&C)

Port of Charleston shifting BMW business to new location … (P&C)

… as BMW expands business in Upstate … (AP)

Contract protects 900 SC jobs … (The State)

SC taxpayers haven’t claimed $11 million … (WLTX)

SCDOT: Isn’t this cozy? (PRNewswire)

Educrats get a pay cut? It’s about time … (P&C)

NC motorists urged to avoid SC gas stations … (Shelby Star)

Jean Toal gets an award? (AP)

SC treasures up for sale … (WYFF)

Did Leon Lott use his tank on some dude? (Alphonse FM – Cool Radio Show)

SC colleges put spending online … (WLTX)

Local soldier laid to rest … (The State)

RIP, Shawn Evans ...

2012 ELECTIONS

Nikki Haley offers hints about 2012 endorsement … (Washington Post)
“”It’s not about the flavor of the month.”

Mike Huckabee: Obama was raised in Kenya? (NYT)

… more coverage … (Politico)

… more coverage … (The Atlantic)

Mitt Romney opens his bottomless checkbook … (Boston Globe)

Romney, Republicans looking better in Michigan … (Examiner)

Iowa Republicans don’t like Sarah Palin … (Des Moines Register)

“Bush’s Brain” mocks Palin … (NY Mag)

… and seeks to raise big bucks to defeat Obama … (CBS)

Iowa Gov. wants Palin-Michele Bachmann together … (Politico)
So do we … just not necessarily on a presidential ticket.

A flattering look at Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana … (WSJ)

Tea Party Patriots want Ron Paul, Herman Cain … (CBS)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers 2012 candidates advice … (Washington Post)

Newt Gingrich presidential announcement coming Thursday … (CNN)

Can Gingrich overcome his negatives? (CSM)

Michele Bachmann headed to New Hampshire … (LA Times)

… and Florida … (Palm Beach Post)

Tim Pawlenty courts the Tea Party … (Politics Daily)

Is Obama beatable? (CSM)

The forces at play in 2012 … (The Atlantic)

Nobody standing out in Iowa … (McClatchy)

The corn feds have no favorite ... yet ...

AMERICA

POLL: US confidence in economy plummeting … (Gallup)

POLL: Majority see GOP budget cuts as “insignificant …” (Rasmussen)

FED BUDGET: US House passes 2-week extension … (Washington Post)

… view it HERE …

… view roll call vote HERE …

… and US Senate will pass it … (BusinessWeek)

FED BUDGET: How to fix it … (Heritage)

FED BUDGET: GAO report finds billions in savings … (CRFB)

… more coverage … (Foundry)

… read the report HERE …

FED BUDGET: Will there ever be meaningful cuts? (CNN)

FED BUDGET: GOP disputes arguments against cuts … (Politics Daily)

FED BUDGET: A shutdown in name only … (GetLiberty)

FED BUDGET: How interest rates could affect deficits … (CRFB)

House hearing: Obamacare threatens medical innovation … (Foundry)

A phony Obamacare opt-out … (Washington Post)

Obamacare will costs states $118 billion … (Hot Air)

… more coverage … (National Journal)

… read the report HERE …

Econ 101: Tax competition … (Cato)

Another union scam … (GetLiberty)

Unions 101: What they don’t tell you … (Foundry)

WISCONSIN: Gov. Scott Walker to reveal budget plan … (FOX)

WISCONSIN: Pro-union protests growing louder … (CNN)

WISCONSIN: What happens if Walker wins? (CSM)

One of the Koch brothers speaks out … (WSJ)

White House release report on status of women … (Daily Caller)

What will control rising education costs? (Cato)

States’ revenue forecasts increasingly off-base … (Reuters)

White House still failing to control Medicaid costs … (Foundry)

Ben Bernanke again weighs in on debt ceiling vote … (CSM)

Waste in government retirement funds exposed … (FOX Biz)

BIZ: Bernanke speaks, dollar slips … (Reuters)

BIZ: Bernanke demands focus on inflation … (WSJ)

GLOBAL UNREST: Clashes in Iran … (CNN)

GLOBAL UNREST: Should America “liberate” Libya? (Cato)

GLOBAL UNREST: US moving warships into Libyan waters … (National Journal)

BELOW: Award-winning cartoonist William Warren …

GOOD STUFF

Bristol Palin has a book deal … (Limelife)

Christine O’Donnell won’t dance with the stars … (National Journal)

Remote control attack! (CNews)

Some people look for Jesus, other seek E.T. … (AOL)

That crazy, cross-eyed German opossum is back … (Yahoo)

Pizza wars get messy … (AP)

Dude code violation … (OS)

Iran threatens to boycott 2012 Olympics over London’s logo … (AOL)

When environmentalism goes awry … (SF Gate)

Printing edible objects? (CBC)

It IS double entendre day … (NBC Miami)

In related news, a “Vagina Confidential …” (Smoking Gun)

Somebody has some time on his hands … (MSNBC)

Never list “God” as reference on your resume … (AOL)

God: Not your employment co-pilot ...

SPORTS

BREAKING: Tapes alleged to implicate Cam Newton … (FanHouse)

SCAR FB: Steve Spurrier defends “over-signing” recruits … (WSJ)

… local columnist says issue needs to be addressed … (The State)

SCAR hoops: Sad senior day … (Free Times)

SCAR baseball: Notebook … (T&D)

SCAR baseball: Young pitchers time to shine … (Bleacher Report)

SCAR/Clemson baseball: They meet this weekend … (T&D)

Clemson hoops: Notebook … (T&D)

Clemson hoops: Shooting guard commits … (Post and Courier)

Clemson hoops: Looking ahead to the Hokies … (Post and Courier)

DeAndre McDaniel is fast … (Rotoworld)

It’s make or break time for NCAA bubble teams … (Trib)

Adjust your fantasy rosters accordingly … (ESPN)

Drinking beer out of the Stanley cup … with a straw? (Deadspin)

The LA Clippers love black people … (With Leather)

The NFL could survive a two-year lockout? (CNN Money)

New York Jets will bring back LT2 in 2011 … (ESPN)

LT, back again, party on party people ...

STAR STUFF

Anne Hathaway and James Franco hate each other … (US Mag)

Katie Holmes hates Star Magazine … (WWTDD)

Charlie Sheen’s life is just great … (TMZ)

… more coverage … (WWTDD)

Olivia Munn killed the stock market … (The Superficial)

Wow, Elisabetta Canalis … (Beer Goggler)

Jay Leno is in receipt of Heidi Klum’s panties … (Bossip)

Jessica Biel’s Oscar dress … (Popoholic)

Christina Aguilera and her boyfriend got arrested … (TMZ)

Taylor Swift’s Oscar dress … (Lainey Gossip)

Amanda Seyfried is cleavagey … (Popoholic)

Couteney Cox is in a bikini … (Beer Goggler)

… so is Aubrey O’Day … (Pretty Hot & Sexy)

Vanessa Hudgens is shiny … (Popoholic)

Marisa Millions is shazam … (Hit Hip Hop)

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