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12:35 PM ET, February 21, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Moderate Wisconsin Republicans Offer Compromise  —  With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintaining a hard line on his budget bill and Democratic senators refusing to return to Madison to vote, attention is turning to a group of moderate Republican senators to negotiate a compromise to the stalemate …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wisconsin Power Play  —  Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin's new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday — Representative Paul Ryan made an unintentionally apt comparison: “It's like Cairo has moved to Madison.”
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Wisconsin Puts Obama Between Competing Desires  —  WASHINGTON — The battle in Wisconsin over public employee unions has left President Obama facing a tricky balance between showing solidarity with longtime political supporters and projecting a message in favor of deep spending cuts to reduce the debt.
New York Times:
As Republicans See a Mandate on Budget Cuts, Others See Risk  —  WASHINGTON — In Congress and in statehouses, Republican lawmakers and governors are claiming a broad mandate from last year's elections as they embark on an aggressive campaign of cutting government spending and taking on public unions.
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Oops: White House, DNC disavow involvement with #WIunion protests but Twitter busts 'em cold @ByronYork  —  The unofficial public relations arm of the Obama administration reports that the White House and the DNC really had nothing at all to do with the public service union protests in Madison.
JSOnline:
Budget stalemate enters second week  —  By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — As the budget standoff drags on, Republicans and Democrats are holding possible bargaining chips in their efforts to end the stalemate that has held up action on Gov. Scott Walker's bill to fix …
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Hill
The Note:
The Note: Threading The Needle: How Far Is Too Far On Spending Cuts?
Discussion: The Hill, ABCNEWS and CNN
National Review:
Walker Holds His Ground
Discussion: Power Line and Big Government
Daily Mail:
On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight  —  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.
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BBC:
Libya protests: Col Gaddafi under mounting pressure  —  Col Muammar Gaddafi's regime is under pressure amid unprecedented protests in the Libyan capital and defections by senior diplomats.  —  Protesters out on the streets of Tripoli late on Sunday were met by security forces using live ammunition and tear gas.
Miguel Marquez / ABCNEWS:
Libya Anti-Government Protests Spreading as Death Toll Rises
Rasmussen Reports:
48% Back GOP Governor in Wisconsin Spat, 38% Side With Unions  —  A sizable number of voters are following new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's showdown with unionized public employees in his state, and nearly half side with the governor.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
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The Politico:
Labor faces a moment of truth
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Reuters
Andy Stern / The Daily Beast:
Wisconsin Union Fight Is Really a 15-State GOP Power Grab
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president?  —  IN NEW YORK — Anyone who thinks presidential ambition is an incurable condition hasn't spent much time lately with Mike Huckabee.  —  The man who came in second in the 2008 GOP primary isn't exactly ruling out another run in 2012.
Discussion: GOP 12, The Caucus and The Raw Story
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huckabee throws a Mitt fit  —  Mike Huckabee may be especially tempted to run in 2012 by a lingering feud between him and Mitt Romney, a severe hangover from the 2008 campaign that has created a lasting and bitter rift between the two, Republicans who know both men say.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and The Page
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Scott Brown: Republicans don't want government shutdown in cuts standoff  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Monday that he does not believe Republicans want a government shutdown, but that both parties need to come together to tackle the nation's deficit problems.
Discussion: Cubachi and FrumForum
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
After Wisconsin, How Do Democrats Argue Against a GOP Government Shutdown?
Discussion: The Greenroom and The Hill
Michael Moore:
‘We Stand With You as You Stood With Us’: Statement to Workers of Wisconsin by Kamal Abbas of Egypt's Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services  —  About Kamal Abbas and the Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services:  —  Kamal Abbas is General Coordinator of the CTUWS …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Leader Of Egyptian Unions To Wisconsin Protesters: ‘We Stand With You As You Stood With Us’
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
M. Amedeo Tumolillo / New York Times:
University of Arizona Sets Up Civility Institute  —  The University of Arizona — whose Tucson campus President Obama used for his nationwide address on civility after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords last month — will announce on Monday that it is establishing an institute …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Tea Party is winning  —  Take five steps back and consider the nature of the political conversation in our nation's capital.  You would never know that it's taking place at a moment when unemployment is still at 9 percent, when wages for so many people are stagnating at best …
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Obama accused of ‘double standards’ as family are pictured skiing... just days after telling Americans to sacrifice their own holidays  —  President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.
 
 
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Feds Gave $669.6 Million to Wisconsin Public Schools—More Than 20 Times What Proposed State Cuts Would Save
Newsweek:
Sale of the Century  —  The deficit debate remains fixed …
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