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Associated Press:
Vaclav Havel, Dissident Playwright Who Led Czechoslovakia, Dead at 75  —  PRAGUE — Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who wove theater into politics to peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia and become a hero of the epic struggle that ended the Cold War, has died.  He was 75.
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J.Y. Smith / Washington Post:
Vaclav Havel, dissident playwright and former Czech president, dies  —  Václav Havel, a Czech writer who was imprisoned by his country's former communist rulers, only to become a symbol of freedom and his nation's first president in the post-communist era, died Sunday morning …
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Vaclav Havel, RIP  —  The great anti-communist dissident, writer, and politician Vaclav Havel is dead at the age of 75.  —  From Matt Welch's great 2003 profile, Velvet President: … Read the whole thing.  —  Reason on Havel.
Michael Winfrey / Reuters:
Vaclav Havel, leader of “Velvet Revolution,” dies
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Iowa Caucuses:
The Des Moines Register's GOP caucus endorsement: Mitt Romney is best to lead  —  Sobriety, wisdom and judgment.  —  Those are qualities Mitt Romney said he looks for in a leader.  Those are qualities Romney himself has demonstrated in his career in business, public service and government.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Des Moines Register endorses Romney
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Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Poll watcher: Gingrich slides in national, Iowa polls
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Paul on Bachmann: ‘She hates Muslims’
Jonathan Allenand Jake Sherman / The Politico:
House GOP revolts on payroll deal  —  House Republicans are in full revolt in the wake of Senate passage of a two-month payroll tax holiday package, casting serious doubt on the fate of a bill that already has President Barack Obama's approval.  —  In a private conference call on Saturday afternoon …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
White House backs Senate payroll bill over House objections  —  The White House is throwing its weight behind a Senate compromise for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, despite strong objections from House Republicans that could unravel the deal.  —  The director of the National …
Discussion: CNN
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Keystone climbdown leaves Obama supporters scratching their heads  —  President Obama put two conditions in end-game talks on extending the payroll tax holiday.  —  He wanted to pay for the extension with a surtax on millionaires, and he made clear that the Keystone XL oil pipeline should be kept out of the legislation.
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
A Photo That Encapsulates the Horror of Egypt's Crackdown  —  Three soldiers beat a defenseless woman, pull off her abaya, and drag her down a Cairo street  —  The above photo shows Egyptian army soldiers beating a young woman in Tahrir Square in Cairo on Saturday, the second straight …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Newshoggers.com
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptian Soldiers Chase and Beat Unarmed Civilians in Cairo
Discussion: americanthinker.com
New York Times:
Last Convoy of American Troops Leaves Iraq, Marking an End to the War  —  BAGHDAD — The last convoy of American troops to leave Iraq drove into Kuwait on Sunday morning, marking the end of the nearly nine-year war.  —  The convoy's departure, which included about 110 vehicles and 500 soldiers …
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
The Chicago Expulsion Act of 2011  —  Windy City pols are bankrupting Illinois with bailouts for their hometown.  Now downstate legislators are fighting back.  —  'Why would anyone want to live in Illinois?  " So muses Curt Wooters, who works for the state and helps his dad run …
Martin Newman / Mirror.co.uk:
Bollywood actress Veena Malik reported missing after nude FHM photo scandal  —  Veena Malik  —  There were fears today for the wellbeing of Bollywood actress Veena Malik after she was reported missing by her manager.  —  The controversial Pakistani model and actress …
Blue Yeti / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
When Events Collide: An “Uncommon Knowledge” from July, 2002 with Hitchens and Gingrich  —  A few days ago as part of his remembrance of Christopher Hitchens, Rob posted an episode of Uncommon Knowledge from 1998 with Hitchens and William F. Buckley.  Almost immediately …
 
 
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