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Michelle Malkin:
Video: CWA union thug strikes young female FreedomWorks activist; Updated  —  This is Tabitha Hale, a young conservative activist/original Tea Party organizer/blogger who works for Washington, D.C.-based FreedomWorks.  I know her from her great grass-roots work with Smart Girl Politics when the Tea Party movement was just emerging.
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Ben Howe / RedState:
Bad Jew!  —  Union protestors, including waiver award winners Communication Workers of America (CWA), arrived outside of the FreedomWorks headquarters today apparently to hit female activists and police the Jews.  —  Meanwhile, in Denver, the same level headed Unions were scolding …
Kyle Cheney / Boston Herald:
Capuano ‘bloody’ comment becomes flashpoint in union flap  —  U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano expressed regret Wednesday for his choice of words at a Tuesday rally to support Wisconsin workers, after national and local Republicans pounced on him for “over-the-top and inflammatory rhetoric.”
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
New Tone: Democratic Congressman Urges Union Protesters to “Get Bloody” With Tea Partiers  —  I guess HHS has doled out another civility waiver, this time to Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA): … I know it's a cliche, but it's too applicable not to reiterate: If, say, Sarah Palin had said anything remotely …
Peter Ingemi / Examiner:
Anger and loathing in Boston
The United States Department of Justice:
Statement of the Attorney General on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON - The Attorney General made the following statement today about the Department's course of action in two lawsuits, Pedersen v. OPM and Windsor v. United States, challenging Section 3 of the Defense …
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Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Executive Power Grab in the Decision Not to Defend DOMA  —  I can understand the intense political pressure on the Obama Administration not to defend DOMA.  Presumably Obama and pretty much every significant lawyer in the Obama Administration opposes DOMA, whether or not they can take that position on the record.
The United States Department of Justice:
Letter from the Attorney General to Congress on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Won't Go to Court Over Defense of Marriage Act
John / Power Line:
The Left's War on the Kochs  —  The most extraordinary story in the news these days is the all-out assault that the Left is mounting against Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Enterprises.  A day doesn't go buy—hardly an hour goes by—without some new attack being launched against these two lonely libertarians.
Discussion: Nice Deb and Weekly Standard
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Ezra Klein:
What a prank call proves about Wisconsin  —  Gonzo journalist Ian Murphy noticed one of Wisconsin's Senate Democrats complaining that Gov. Scott Walker was impossible to reach on the phone.  So Murphy came up with a prank call: He posed as right-wing financier David Koch and called Walker's receptionist.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Governor Walker's office confirms prank Koch call
David Weigel / Slate:
Did Scott Walker Reveal His Crisis-Ending Ruse to a Prank Caller?
ABCNEWS:
Obama Condemns Violence in Libya But Doesn't Mention Moammar Gadhafi  —  Violence in Libya Escalates as Nations Move to Evacuate Their Citizens  —  President Obama said the bloodshed in Libya was “outrageous and unacceptable,” but he declined to directly censure Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi …
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The Note:
President Obama Condemns “Suffering and Bloodshed” in Libya …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   Obama breaks silence on Libya, condemns ‘outrageous’ violence
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Indiana Official: “Use Live Ammunition” Against Wisconsin Protesters  —  A conservative deputy AG let his emotions get out of hand.  It wasn't the first time.  —  Post Comment  —  On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators …
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WLFI-TV:
Deputy AG loses job after tweet drama
Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana Senate leader says right-to-work bill is dead  —  Daniels clarifies statements on pending legislation  —  Gov. Mitch Daniels this morning toughened his words about House Democrats who have fled the state is protest of Republican legislative proposals.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Indiana kills ‘right-to-work’ bill
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Santorum's anti-liberal Crusade  —  Rick Santorum launched into a scathing attack on the left, charging during an appearance in South Carolina that the history of the Crusades has been corrupted by “the American left who hates Christendom.”  —  “The idea that the Crusades and the fight …
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Town hall ‘rage’ over spending  —  ORLANDO, Fla.—The two town halls couldn't have been any more different — one a blue-jeans-and-ball-cap affair, rowdy and filled-to-capacity near an impoverished urban strip — the other a smaller confab of polo-shirt-and-Bermuda-shorts clad seniors in a sleek conference room outside Orlando.
Rashid Ameer / The Express Tribune:
Honour crime: Woman killed for refusing to divorce husband  —  A 21-year-old girl was murdered in Khanewal on Monday allegedly by her brother because she had refused to give in to her family's demand to divorce her husband.  —  Ismat Parveen, a resident of Kot Muhammad Hussain …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Huckabee, Palin, Romney Tie for Lead in GOP '12 Preferences  —  Huckabee's support up six points since September  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have no clear favorite for the party's 2012 presidential nominee at this point, with Mike Huckabee (18%) …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mike Huckabee Expresses Deep Doubts About Afghan End Game, Karzai's Corruption
Discussion: The Washington Note and GOP 12
Terry Jeffrey / Townhall.com:
Do Wisconsin's Public Schools Deserve to Survive?  —  With the entire nation watching, Wisconsinites are now debating whether the state's public school teachers ought to be required to pay 5.8 percent of their wages to support their own retirement plans and 12.6 percent of their own health-insurance premiums …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Video: The Daily Show Tortures a Camel in Madison  —  Madison, Wisc.  —  No joke: The Daily Show brought a camel to the protests in Madison the other day, presumably to help make fun of the Cairo/Madison comparisons.  As this video shows, the gag didn't turn out so well:
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin will travel to India next month  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will make her first overseas trip of 2011 next month, when she travels to India to deliver a speech at a high-profile policy conference.  —  Palin will speak on March 19 at the India Today Conclave in the capital city of New Delhi …
The Note:
Goldman Sachs: House Spending Cuts Will Hurt Economic Growth  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  A confidential new report prepared by Goldman Sachs for its clients says spending cuts passed by the House of Representatives last week would be a drag on the economy, cutting economic growth by about two percent of GDP.
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
Mother Jones:
Ga. Law Could Give Death Penalty for Miscarriages  —  It's only February, but this year has been a tough one for women's health and reproductive rights.  There's a new bill on the block that may have reached the apex (I hope) of woman-hating craziness.  Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin …
CREW:
CREW: WI Governor Violated State Law by Sending Troopers After Missing Legislator  —  Ethics, FOIA, News, States, Wisconsin, Transparency, Press Releases  —  Washington, D.C .- Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-partisan government watchdog group …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Manning Up or Wimping Out: Men Don't Exist to Serve Women's Desires  —  Kay Hymowitz's new book wants the current generation of “child-men” to “man up.”  But maybe our society shouldn't have spent decades tearing them down.  —  I read Kay Hymowitz's new book, Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys , recently.
Discussion: Right Wing News
 
 
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