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A Colorado woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. Jamie Paulin Ramirez, 32, teamed up with Colleen LaRose, a.k.a 'Jihad Jane', in a plot to acquire military-style training and then travel to Europe to participate in violent jihad, according to prosecutors. Ramirez faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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NPR is still managing the fallout from a hidden camera prank by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas, but the station is making it clear they're not happy with the executive caught on film, NPR Foundation president Ron Schiller.

According to NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm, Schiller has been placed on administrative leave in response to the incident. She added in an e-mailed statement that his already-announced decision to leave NPR for a job at the Aspen Institute was unrelated to the O'Keefe video and that the public broadcaster had been informed of the move before the fateful lunch meeting with a fake Muslim group.

"His resignation was announced publicly last week, and he was expected to depart in May," Rehm said. "While we review this situation, he has been placed on administrative leave."

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Republican Congressman Peter King is receiving complaints from many liberal groups regarding his plans to hold hearings in Congress on the "radicalization" of Muslim Americans and admits he even has been the victim of many hostile phone calls and death threats.  However, King told Megyn Kelly today that he is not at all intimidated by the harassment and has no intention of backing down.

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Chuck Chatham, a committee member of the Garland County Republican Party in Arkansas, was quoted as saying he campaigned against one candidate for state legislature, Democrat Jerry Rephan, because he is a "pro-abortion Jewish lawyer."

Chatham told TPM today that it was "inadvertent" that he referred to Rephan as Jewish, and that he simply does not feel "he is a good match to the conservative people of Garland County."

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Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) office has now released documents from its negotiations with two of the 14 state Senate Democrats who had left the state in order to block budget quorum -- state Sens. Tim Cullen and Bob Jauch -- in an effort to demonstrate that he could give up some of his proposals that have been widely derided as union-busting of public employees.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, one of the Dem point men is now only slamming Walker for releasing the e-mails:

Cullen characterized the talks as "discussions" rather than negotiations since he and Jauch weren't speaking on behalf of other Democrats. Jauch also cautioned that the two sides had never reached a final deal.

Cullen said he was disappointed Walker released the e-mails.

"I've never seen negotiations be done successfully in public," he said. "I thought they were bargaining in good faith."

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Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) doesn't have time for former Washington, DC mayor Adrian Fenty's (D) concern over collective bargaining, and he says it's clear most Democrats in the nation's capital don't either. Speaking with TPM after a hearing on the union struggles in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, Andrews dismissed Fenty's anti-union talk on MSNBC earlier on Tuesday.

Speaking on Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Fenty -- whose term in office was marked by battles with organized labor in the city, especially the teacher's union -- said that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was "right on the substance" and "right on the politics" when it came to the fight with unions and their supporters in the Badger State.

"I think it's a new day," Fenty said. "I think a lot of these collective bargaining agreements are completely outdated."

Andrews was not impressed.

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Republicans are seizing on James O'Keefe's hidden camera prank against NPR executives to bolster their calls to defund the news organization. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) became the highest ranking lawmaker to weigh in on Tuesday, putting out a press release slamming the "disturbing" video that featured NPR Foundation president Ron Schilling calling Tea Partiers "seriously racist," remaining silent while a fake Muslim group accused Jews of controlling the media, and suggesting that NPR might be better off with out federal funding.

"As we continue to identify ways to cut spending and save valuable resources, this disturbing video makes clear that taxpayer dollars should no longer be appropriated to NPR," Cantor said in a statement. "Not only have top public broadcasting executives finally admitted that they do not need taxpayer dollars to survive, it is also clear that without federal funds, public broadcasting stations self-admittedly would become eligible for more private dollars on top of the multi-million dollar donations these organizations already receive."

In the video Schiller says that NPR might "better off in the long-run without federal funding," since it would allow them to become more independent. The House passed a bill last month that would cut off NPR's funding and Senate Republicans recently introduced similar legislation as well.

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Dick Lugar wins the award for quickest about-face of the day. Unfortunately for him, he stepped in it mid-pirouette. But when it was all said and done he let on that all Republicans will be voting for the House's larded-up spending cut bill.

"I'm going to vote with the Republicans on the issue when H.R. 1 comes up," Lugar said. "It it's strictly an affirmative vote, I will be for H.R. 1 because all the Republicans will be voting for H.R. 1."

Why all the confusion? On his way into the Republicans' weekly policy lunch today he said exactly the opposite. The House CR includes all kinds of policy riders, and slashes State Department spending in a way Lugar has been clear he finds unacceptable. But Republicans have been putting off this vote because they have a lot invested in showing unanimity on that spending cut package, and they want to get everybody in line.

Over the course of the next hour, and what I assume was an impressive amount of arm-twisting, Lugar changed his mind.

"I'm sorry if I misled people," he said later. "I'm going to vote for the Republican resolution, which is as clearly as I can say it."

Unfortunately for him, his tea party-backed challenger, state treasurer Richard Mourdock, noticed the stumble and released a statement. "Senator Lugar's vacillation betrays his liberal instincts."

The White House says its finalizing a strategy to combat violent extremism in America, and is speaking publicly about it just a few days before Rep. Peter King (R-NY) holds hearings on "Muslim radicalization." (On Sunday, in a move The New York Times called "no accident," White House Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough gave a speech at a Muslim center in Virginia, laying out the administration's efforts.)

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