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10:50 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.
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.
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
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 …
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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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 …
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Amanpour Interviews Gadhafi's Son  —  Saif Gadhafi Says Libya Is Not America's ‘Business’  —  In an exclusive interview with “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and one of his chief advisers, insisted Libya was calm …
Discussion: Guardian
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The millitary/media attacks on the Hastings article  —  Last June, when Rolling Stone published Michael Hastings' article which ended the career of Obama's Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal — an article which was just awarded the prestigious Polk Award — the attacks on Hastings …
Phil Boehmke / American Thinker:
Democrat Senator's absence to cost Wisconsin $165 Million  —  By choosing to pander to their public sector union supporters and financiers rather than serve the hard working taxpayers of Wisconsin, the 14 Democrat Senators who are cowering in the People's Republic of Illinois will bear …
Discussion: Wake up America and Moe Lane
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.
ThinkProgress:
REPORT: Top 10 Disastrous Policies From The Wisconsin GOP You Haven't Heard About  —  As the standoff between the Main Street Movement and Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) continues for the twelfth day, much of the media coverage — and anger — from both sides has focused on Walker's efforts …
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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