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12:45 PM ET, February 18, 2011

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Washington Post:
Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill  —  MADISON, WIS. - President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits …
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Wall Street Journal:
Athens in Mad Town  —  A seminal showdown between public unions and taxpayers.  —  For Americans who don't think the welfare state riots of France or Greece can happen here, we recommend a look at the union and Democratic Party spectacle now unfolding in Wisconsin.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wis. governor: GOP won't be ‘bullied’ by union bill protesters  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says his party has been emboldened by massive protests against his controversial budget plan.  —  Walker said demonstrators who filled the state Capitol building in Madison and the boycott …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: Wisconsin Dems Hiding At Best Western in Rockford, IL ...Update: TEA PARTY WINS!  Chases WI Dems Out of Rockford ...Update: WI Dem Says They're Still in IL (Video)  —  The Wisconsin senate democrats fled the state today rather than vote on a budget repair bill.
New York Times:
Gov. Walker's Pretext  —  In a year when governors across the country are competing to show who's toughest, no matter what the consequences, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin stands out as the first to bring his State Capitol to a halt.  —  Like many governors, he wants to cut the benefits of state workers.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
After all those efforts to paint Tea Partiers as using violent images and rhetoric …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:   Join Andrew Breitbart & Jim Hoft at Wisconsin Freedom Rally to Support Scott Walker Saturday
Fox News:
Wis. Governor to AWOL Senate Democrats: Come Home and Get Back to Work | On the Record
Discussion: JSOnline and National Review
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Dem reveals abortion on the House floor  —  Strong stuff from Dem Rep. Jackie Speier of California, who delivered an emotional speech on the House floor last night, revealing she had an abortion as she dressed down a Republican colleague for trivialing the decisionmaking that goes into deciding whether to undergo the procedure:
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Diane Webber / The Politico:
Rep. Jackie Speier gets personal on abortion
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dem reveals abortion in Planned Parenthood funding debate
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
DNC Expands Role In Labor Protests To Ohio, Indiana … WASHINGTON — Building on the momentum in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of protesters have turned out to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker's effort to strip collective-bargaining rights from the state's public-employee unions …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Willie Sutton Wept  —  There are three things you need to know about the current budget debate.  First, it's essentially fraudulent.  Second, most people posing as deficit hawks are faking it.  Third, while President Obama hasn't fully avoided the fraudulence, he's less bad than his opponents …
Sonja Puzic / Vancouver Sun:
Ont. couple's appeal to bring baby home dismissed  —  A Superior Court judge has dismissed a Windsor couple's appeal of a decision to have their dying baby's breathing tube removed in hospital.  In this undated handout photo, Joseph Maraachli, a one-year-old boy from Windsor, Ont. …
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All American Blogger:   Canadian Death Panel Decides Baby Should Die, Canadian Court Agrees
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
GOP activists in Iowa divided on whether Palin can carry 2012 banner  —  WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - A group of Republican activists was sorting out the field of prospective 2012 presidential candidates on a cold night here recently when talk turned to Sarah Palin.
Discussion: GOP 12, Daily Kos, FrumForum and The Page
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Administration asks judge to tell the states that healthcare law isn't optional  —  The Obama administration is asking a federal judge who struck down the healthcare reform law to clarify that states must still implement the overhaul as the appeals process plays out.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP votes to defund Obama's policy ‘czars’  —  The House GOP approved an amendment to a government-spending bill that would block funding for the Obama administration's so-called policy “czars,” appointed advisers to the president that have been much-criticized by Republicans.  —  The vote was 249-171.
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Robin Bravender / The Politico:   House votes to overthrow ‘czars’
New York Times:
Security Forces in Bahrain Fire on Mourners and Journalists  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — Government forces opened fire on hundreds of mourners marching toward Pearl Square Friday, sending people running away in panic amid the boom of concussion grenades.  But even as the people fled …
New York Times:
Tucson Firefighter Refused to Respond  —  PHOENIX — A Tucson firefighter refused to respond to the Jan. 8 shooting rampage that wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords because of political differences with his crew, delaying his unit's arrival at the scene, according to internal department records.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Chicago Boyz
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Who's Polarizing America?  —  American politics just keeps getting more polarized.  Be assured that Obama wants it that way.  I argue in Radical-in-Chief that Obama's long-term hope is to divide America along class lines (roughly speaking, tax payers versus tax beneficiaries).
Discussion: JustOneMinute and protein wisdom
David Brooks / New York Times:
Tomorrow Never Comes  —  Jonathan Alter wrote a book about Barack Obama's first year in office called “The Promise.”  That's a great title because it works on so many levels.  For example, over the past four years, Obama's career has been marked by a constant promise: He has continually …
Stephen Lowman / Political Bookworm:
Rand Paul on Sarah Palin, Dostoevsky and dad  —  Rand Paul may still be green to the ways of the U.S. Senate (he only assumed office in January) but he's got a lot to say about the political state of the country.  Most of his new book, “The Tea Party Goes to Washington,” …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee at home abroad on frequent trips to Israel  —  A parade of Republican presidential hopefuls is making its way to Israel, signaling the candidates' seriousness about foreign policy and national security and their hawkish approach to terrorism.  As POLITICO recently reported …
Discussion: Yglesias
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
VIDEO ROUND-UP: In NH, Opponents Claim Marriage Equality Would Facilitate ‘Sharia Law’  —  Yesterday, New Hampshire's House Judiciary Committee held an eight-hour hearing to consider three proposals to rescind the state's 2009 same-sex marriage law.  More than 600 people attended the marathon session …
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Groups supporting 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal or gay marriage will no longer be allowed to participate at CPAC  —  Al Cardenas, the new chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU), announced on CSPAN Wednesday that the his organization, which hosts the annual CPAC event …
 
 
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