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9:25 PM ET, February 26, 2011

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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
100,000-Plus in Madison for Rally for Workers' Rights - VIDEO  —  MADISON, WI (FDL) - In what has been billed the largest rally in the history of Madison, over 100,000 people packed the Capitol Square for a “Rally for Workers' Rights” to protest the budget repair bill and the proposed stripping …
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Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Labor protests draw thousands across U.S.  —  (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday against a Wisconsin plan to curb the power of public sector unions that has sparked similar government efforts in other states.
Ben Jones / USA Today:
Protesters plan biggest rally at Wisconsin Capitol  —  MADISON, Wis. — Opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's plan to strip public unions of bargaining powers has been burning at the Capitol for two weeks.  But today, demonstrators are turning up the heat.  —  Union organizers are hoping to top …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Labor secretary: GOP govs asking workers to give up their rights  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is trying to force workers in his state to give up their rights, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Saturday.  —  Solis, speaking at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Winter Meeting …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin's Newest Progressive
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AmSpecBlog
Mike Elk / The Atlantic Online:
The View From Inside the Wisconsin State Capitol
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Gawker
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Long Bread Lines and Barricades in Libya's Capital  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — A bold play by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to prove that he was firmly in control of Libya appeared to backfire Saturday as foreign journalists he invited to the capital discovered blocks of the city in open revolt.
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USA Today:
Obama, Clinton: Gadhafi should leave Libya ‘now’  —  President Obama told German Chancellor Angela Merkel today that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi should surrender power immediately because of the attacks he has made on his own people.  —  “The President stated that when a leader's only means …
Discussion: Guardian, TalkLeft and Hot Air
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
The Real Political Math In Wisconsin … WASHINGTON — The real political math in Wisconsin isn't about the state budget or the collective-bargaining rights of public employees there.  It is about which party controls governorships and, with them, the balance of power on the ground in the 2012 elections.
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Rick Ungar / The Policy Page:
The Wisconsin Lie Exposed - Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol disrespectfully have taped signs on and piled junk against the Veterans Memorial.  —  Meade and I confront them, and we're told we're the first people who've had a problem with it.  I try to explain how that attempted defense of the behavior is only going to make it look worse.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budget Battles Without Earmarks  —  WASHINGTON — The fact that Congress remains a spending disagreement or two away from shutting down the government no doubt strikes some as remarkable.  But there is another extraordinary aspect to the fiscal clash unfolding on Capitol Hill: earmarks have disappeared from the budgetary landscape.
Discussion: The Politico and GayPatriot
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Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
Obama: Government Shutdown Must Be Avoided For ‘Sake of Our People’
James Marson / Wall Street Journal:
Gadhafi's Nurse Says She's Going Home  —  KIEV, Ukraine—Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is set to be deserted by another close ally after his Ukrainian nurse said she was heading home.  —  Galyna Kolotnytska, described in a diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks as a “voluptuous blond” …
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
Ireland's Ruling Party Crushed at Polls in Fallout From Failed Economy … No luck for Ireland's ruling party.  The government in power paid a price Friday for presiding over an economy that went through the floor when a housing bubble burst, strapping the banks that made the loans and forcing …
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Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Ireland's Governing Party Ousted in Historic Loss
Chicago Tribune:
First blow to Emanuel team  —  Transition aide quits after ethics violation revealed  —  A veteran politician Rahm Emanuel named to his mayoral transition team resigned her high-level state job last summer and paid a fine for conducting political business on state time, according to a newly filed ethics report.
Orlando and Central Florida News, Weather, Traffic:
Former president of MADD arrested for DUI  —  MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A woman who was the former president of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter in Gainesville has been arrested for drunk driving.  —  Debra Oberlin, 48, was arrested around 1:00 a.m. February 18 after police …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Blaze
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
To Tea Party, Pawlenty on Obama: ‘What planet is he from?’  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty accused President Obama and Democrats of “coddling” unions and applauded the Tea Party movement as “modern-day Paul Reveres.”  —  Speaking to a convention of Tea Party activists in Phoenix on Saturday …
Discussion: The Politico
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Rockford, Illinois tourism ad: Come hide away — like you're a state senator from Wisconsin  —  Cheeky link bait aimed at conservative blogs or earnest ad campaign targeting progressives?  It's the former for the moment, but let's face it — if the fleebaggers succeed in waiting Scott Walker …
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Michelle Malkin:
Best tourism video ever: Rockford IL woos Fleebaggers
Discussion: protein wisdom
Swopa / Firedoglake:
Late Night: You'll Never Eat Dinner in This Town Again  —  Sometimes, it's good to leave detached, cerebral meta-analyses of politics aside and just get a taste of public opinion being expressed the old-fashioned way.  —  Wisconsin blogger Naomi Houser reports tonight (via Howie Klein on Twitter):
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Mind Stain:
Scott Walker Asked to Leave Local Restaurant
 
 
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Biggest Fish Face Little Risk of Being Caught
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC chairman: 'We're going to play for the big win' in 2012 election
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The “Ventriloquist Journalism” Beat
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PARTISAN WAR ON TWO FRONTS.... To pay even passing attention …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Balloon Juice and Ezra Klein
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Enough with the wait times, already
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Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
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The Hill:
Libyan turmoil, $100 per barrel oil fuel Republican drilling push
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Paul Krugman's Third World fantasy
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
MORE UNION THUGGERY... Violent Leftists Threaten Citizen Journalist “A$$hole White Boy” …
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