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10:10 AM ET, February 27, 2011

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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
50-State Union Protest Falls Far Short Of Predicted Turnout  —  Protests in support of Wisconsin public sector unions were organized by MoveOn.org and labor unions today.  —  Promoters, such as David Dayen at Firedoglake, were predicting a million-person turnout nationwide.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FAIL... Dems Left Red-Faced; Protesters Fail to Materialize at National MoveOn Rallies  —  MoveOn.org National Rallies A National Embarrassment -  —  Supporters Fail to Materialize Despite Best Astroturfed Efforts  —  MoveOn.org hosted dozens of rallies across the US today in support of public employee unions.
New York Times:
In Wisconsin and Beyond, Rallying Behind Unions  —  By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS  —  MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of people took part in rallies in support of unions around the nation on Saturday, including here in the Wisconsin capital, where a political stalemate between …
Kathryn Lopez / Townhall.com:
Contraception is Not the Solution  —  Why are Republicans waging war on contraception?  It's not the first time the question has been asked, and it won't be the last.  Truth be told, Republicans aren't engaging in battle on that front — but the phrase gets close to a legitimate fight.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Security Council Calls for War Crimes Inquiry in Libya  —  The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday night to impose sanctions on Libya's leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, and his inner circle of advisers, and called for an international war crimes investigation into …
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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 …
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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Chuck DeVore / Big Government:
Union Member Attacks, Injures Tea Party Activist at MoveOn.org-organized Rally  —  Sacramento's ABC News 10 reported on the union rally and Tea Party counter rally in Sacramento today.  ABC's online report makes cursory mention of an incident of union violence directed at Tea Party activist Rodney Stanhope …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
To Tea Party, Pawlenty on Obama: ‘What planet is he from?’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
James Hohmann / The Politico:
LePage: 'We're going after right-to-work'  —  LePage plans to push right-to-work law in Maine  —  Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday he would push forcefully ahead with right-to-work legislation in his state, even if it means a Wisconsin-style fight with unions.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
Swedes Begin to Question Liberal Migration Tenets  —  MALMO, Sweden — Nick Nilsson, 46, decided to vote for Sweden's far-right party last fall because of a growing sense that his country had gone too far in letting so many immigrants settle here.  —  A truck driver, Mr. Nilsson lives …
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
The Latest Foaming at the Mouth (Literally) Union Protester  —  Chicago played host to a union thug rally with plenty of lefty kooks screaming about the white-supremacist GOP.  Here's today's favorite.
BBC:
Three killed in Tunisian anti-government protests  —  The BBC's Paul Moss in Tunis says the situation there is “very serious indeed”  —  Three people have been killed in clashes between hundreds of demonstrators and security forces in the Tunisian capital, authorities say.
Discussion: Truthdig and Outside the Beltway
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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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
How Budget Battles Go Without the 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 …
Discussion: The Politico, FrumForum and GayPatriot
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The “Ventriloquist Journalism” Beat  —  Kudos to John for staying after Eric Lipton's fast one, which is a classic in the genre of what I call “ventriloquist journalism”—the highly refined technique by which “news” reporters seek out a source to confirm their preconceived story line with a specific quote.
Discussion: HazZzMat
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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