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Search for lawmakers continues as Senate adjourns without quorum  —  Democrats said to be at Rockford, Ill., resort  —  By Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Law enforcement officers are searching for Democratic senators boycotting …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC playing role in Wisconsin protests  —  The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Gov. Walker Ginned Up Budget Shortfall To Undercut Worker Rights  —  Wisconsin's new Republican governor has framed his assault on public worker's collective bargaining rights as a needed measure of fiscal austerity during tough times.  —  The reality is radically different.
Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
Wisconsin budget fight escalates as Dems flee Madison to avoid vote  —  A three-day-long stand-off at the Wisconsin state capitol between union supporters and those backing the Republican governor's budget cuts just went to another level Thursday as Democratic senators apparently fled the state …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The historical illiteracy of Wisconsin teachers  —  Godwin's Law states that any political argument, carried on long enough, will eventually provoke a Nazi reference.  My own personal corollary to Godwin's Law is that the first side to invoke it invariably loses, mainly because Nazis …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
How much respect did the demonstrators show for the State Capitol grounds?  —  Here are some photographs taken yesterday by Meade (my husband) at the demonstration against Gov. Scott Walker's budget plan:  —  “If I'm a GREAT worker WHY are you treating me THIS WAY?”  — an abandoned sign pleads.
WTMJ:
Budget Battle: Democrats Who Left State are Located  —  MADISON - Democratic State Senators who protested the budget repair bill by leaving the state have been found.  —  The lawmakers are in the Best Western Clock Tower in Rockford Illinois.  —  Law enforcement officials have been looking …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Missing Wisconsin Dem speaks: We're MIA until GOP drops assault on workers rights
Discussion: Daily Kos
WKOW 27:
Law enforcement sent to bring Democrats back to session
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mary Hough / my.barackobama.com:
“Fight for Our State Workers”
Discussion: TPMDC
Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Paul Ryan On Wisconsin Protests: 'It's Like Cairo Has Moved To Madison' (VIDEO)
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Rove: Confront birthers now  —  Savvy GOP strategist Karl Rove says a poll signaling that a majority of likely GOP primary voters have questions about Barack Obama's birthplace is “lousy”.  —  But last night, he urged prominent conservatives to stand up forcefully (and quickly) to kill birther talk.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Karl Rove: Birther rumors discredit GOP
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and FrumForum
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Palin talks 2012, mocks Michelle Obama  —  Woodbury, New York (CNN) - Sarah Palin addressed a variety of issues Thursday at a gathering of business officials in Long Island, New York including her 2012 plans, first lady Michelle Obama, President Obama's proposed budget, the crisis in Egypt, and her feelings on the media.
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Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Sarah Palin slams Michelle Obama over nursing  —  Sarah Palin followed in Rep. Michele Bachmann's footsteps and took a swipe at Michelle Obama on Thursday, mocking her efforts to get mothers to breastfeed their children.  —  “No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody 'You'd better breastfeed your baby …
Discussion: FrumForum
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Sarah hints at WH run, slams Obamas
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin knocks breastfeeding initiative
Ken Jennings / Slate:
My Puny Human Brain  —  Jeopardy! genius Ken Jennings on what it's like to play against a supercomputer.  —  When I was selected as one of the two human players to be pitted against IBM's “Watson” supercomputer in a special man-vs.-machine Jeopardy! exhibition match, I felt honored, even heroic.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Wins on ‘Jeopardy!’:  Trivial, It's Not  —  YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — In the end, the humans on “Jeopardy!” surrendered meekly.  —  Facing certain defeat at the hands of a room-size I.B.M. computer on Wednesday evening, Ken Jennings, famous for winning 74 games in a row on the TV quiz show, acknowledged the obvious.
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Deficit Plan Details Emerge  —  Bipartisan Senate Group Mulls Spending Caps That Could Trigger Tax Increases  —  A bipartisan group of senators is considering legislation that would trigger new taxes and budget cuts if Congress fails to meet a set of mandatory spending targets and other fiscal goals aimed at reducing federal deficits.
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Are Democrats Negotiating A Monumentally Stupid Deficit Deal?
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
Jihadist attorney takes aim at the Jawa Report, the Jawas go to federal court seeking protective order  —  ***Sticky until Saturday.  Please scroll down for more recent updates.  Back in September we reported that blogger Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and attorney John Stemberger had been sued …
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Chris Christie's Idea of “Doing Big Things”  —  I continue to be baffled by all the love New Jersey's Republican governor Chris Christie's getting among the chattering class.  Here's a typically fawning piece about his speech at AEI yesterday. … “Big things” to Christie simply means less money …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Chris Christie isn't pretty, and he tells ugly truths
Discussion: CNN, Yglesias and NewsBusters.org
Corey Boles / Washington Wire:
Senate Democrats Jab Boehner on Pledge to Cut Spending  —  Senate Democratic leaders accused House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) of issuing an ultimatum that could lead to a shutdown of the federal government early next month.  —  Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) said Mr. Boehner's comments were “unfortunate.”
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Boehner ups chance of shutdown
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution  —  BOSTON — Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood here.  His name is Gene Sharp.
Abel Harding / Florida Times Union:
Jeb Bush likes Mitch Daniels' 2012 prospects  —  Jeb Bush likes Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels' 2012 presidential prospects.  The former Florida governor told a private gathering of Jacksonville business leaders that Daniels is the only potential candidate he's heard who demonstrates a willingess to face up to harsh realities.
 
 
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