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3:25 PM ET, February 23, 2011

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Murphy / The Beast:
Koch Whore  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker answers his master's call  —  “David Koch”: We'll back you any way we can.  What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that—because we thought about that...
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Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Did Scott Walker Get Crank-Call Pwned?  (AUDIO)  —  Is that really Scott Walker?  A New York-based alt-news editor says he got through to the embattled Wisconsin governor on the phone Tuesday by posing as right-wing financier David Koch...then had a far-ranging 20-minute conversation about the collective bargaining protests.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Governor Walker's office confirms prank Koch call  —  The Internet is burning up with the news that Governor Scott Walker may have been pranked by a caller claiming to be David Koch, and a spokesman for the Governor, Cullen Werwie, emails a statement confirming the call is legit:
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.
Sam Stein / Reuters:
Gov. Walker Informed That Bill Targeting Unions May Cost State $46 Million In Federal Funds … WASHINGTON — Budget referees and transportation officials in Wisconsin have informed Gov. Scott Walker (R) that if he were to pass his controversial anti-union legislation into law …
Michelle Malkin:
The Howard Stern-ing of the Wisconsin showdown  —  A left-wing website that specializes in pranking celebrities, pundits, and politicians — a la Howard Stern — is doing a Snoopy dance over a fake call its operatives made to GOP Gov. Scott Walker.  —  The hoaxer pretended to be David Koch, the progs' favorite capitalist target.
David Weigel / Slate:
Did Scott Walker Reveal His Crisis-Ending Ruse to a Prank Caller?  —  MADISON, Wisc.  — The governor's main line is busy, so I'll have to grab an in-person spokesman confirmation or denial in a bit.  * Until then: Ian Murphy of the Buffalo Beast claims to have posed as “David Koch” …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin Governor Walker Punked by Fake Koch Call
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
Scott Walker Gets Punked By Journalist Pretending To Be David Koch
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Making sense of Wisconsin's union showdown
Edward Morrissey / The Week Magazine:
The real threat to democracy in Wisconsin
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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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Won't Go to Court Over Defense of Marriage Act  —  An opponent of California's Prop 8 holds an American flag and gay pride flag during a demonstration outside of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 6, 2010 in San Francisco.  —  President Obama believes that the Defense …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Orders End to Defense of Federal Gay Marriage Law  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, in a major legal policy shift, has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — against lawsuits challenging it as unconstitutional.
Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Gov't drops defense of anti-gay marriage law
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   In reversal, Obama orders Justice to stand down on gay marriage
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Department of Justice won't defend law defining marriage
Discussion: FrumForum
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Obama, DOJ Say Part Of DOMA Is Unconstitutional, Will Not Defend It In Court
Discussion: Guardian and TPMDC
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner Spox: It's Not The Appropriate Time To Nix DOMA Defense
Discussion: Wonk Room
Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
Breaking News: Obama action against DOMA coming
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend The Constitutionality Of DOMA
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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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Official On Wisconsin Protestors: ‘Use Live Ammunition’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE RIGHT'S RHETORIC TURNS VIOLENT.... In the wake …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jay Bookman:   A call for armed counterprotesters to Atlanta labor rally
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich confronted over affair  —  PHILADELPHIA — Newt Gingrich's speech at the University of Pennsylvania Tuesday night quickly took a turn for the dramatic when the first student to question him brought up his admitted extra-marital affair and accused him of being “hypocritical” for espousing moral values.
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Dem Rep to unions: Time to get ‘bloody’  —  A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation's fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren't enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”
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Peter Ingemi / Examiner:
Anger and loathing in Boston
Matt Murphy / Dorchester Reporter:   Congressmen stir up union rally on Beacon Hill
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
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:
Linda Borg / Providence Journal:
Providence plans to pink slip all teachers  —  PROVIDENCE — The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.  —  In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Fox Reverses Results Of Gallup Poll To Claim Americans Oppose Union Collective Bargaining Rights  —  Yesterday, USA Today and Gallup released a new poll that found that a whopping 61 percent of Americans oppose efforts like those of Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) to strip public sector unions of collective bargaining rights.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
D.C., Hawaii Still Most Approving of Obama; All States Decline  —  Approval is higher than average in 12 states plus D.C., lower than average in 18 states  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Residents of Hawaii gave native son President Barack Obama the highest average 2010 job approval rating (66%) …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
All Your Thoughts Are Belong To U.S.  —  That seems to be the import of the ruling by federal Judge Gladys Kessler in upholding the Obamacare mandate in a suit brought by a group of private plaintiffs in Mead v. Holder (pg.  45, emphasis mine): … Our thoughts are now actions.
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Ezra Klein:
Another judge rules the individual mandate constitutional
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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