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9:05 PM ET, February 18, 2011

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Joe Klein / Swampland:
Wisconsin: The Hemlock Revolution  —  Revolutions everywhere—in the middle east, in the middle west.  But there is a difference: in the middle east, the protesters are marching for democracy; in the middle west, they're protesting against it.  I mean, Isn't it, well, a bit ironic …
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Ezra Klein:
What is actually being proposed in Wisconsin?  —  Reading the commentary, I think a lot of people are confused about what's actually being proposed in Wisconsin.  So let's go through it.  —  You can find Gov. Scott Walker's proposal here.  It's called “the Budget Repair bill.”
Washington Post:
Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill  —  MADISON, WIS. - President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin's broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits …
Ezra Klein:
Unions aren't to blame for Wisconsin's budget  —  Let's be clear: Whatever fiscal problems Wisconsin is — or is not — facing at the moment, they're not caused by labor unions.  That's also true for New Jersey, for Ohio and for the other states.  There was no sharp rise in collective bargaining …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Poll: Public unions a hard sell  —  A new poll from the Washington-based Clarus Group asked:  —  Do you think government employees should be represented by labor unions that bargain for higher pay, benefits and pensions ... or do you think government employees should not be represented by labor unions?
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Join Andrew Breitbart, Herman Cain & Jim Hoft at Wisconsin Freedom Rally to Support Scott Walker Saturday  —  I STAND WITH SCOTT WALKER RALLY (organized by American Majority)  —  I'll be in Wisconsin tomorrow.  —  Location Wisconsin State Capitol, South Steps  —  Created By Dave Westlake, Matt Batzel, Ashley Schultz
First Read / msnbc.com:   First Thoughts: Upside down  —  How the protests in Wisconsin …
WISC-TV:
Erpenbach Gives Reasons For Leaving State
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
The Politico:
House votes to defund Planned Parenthood  —  The House just approved Rep. Mike Pence's amendment to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, checking off a hot-button social issue even as it set up a bigger showdown over defunding the health care law.  —  The vote was 240-185 with 11 Democrats voting …
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ABCNEWS:
Planned Parenthood Funding Voted Down  —  Amendment Passes Despite Stunning Personal Testimony From Rep. Jackie Speier  —  The House of Representatives Friday passed a measure to end federal funding for abortion provider Planned Parenthood a day after Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif. …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House rejects extra $22 billion in cuts that divided Republicans  —  The House rejected a measure cutting an additional $22 billion from the Republican spending bill, as conservatives ran into a wall of opposition from the GOP establishment over the depth of reductions to federal funding.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP using Planned Parenthood as ‘whipping boy’ in health debate
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Diane Webber / The Politico:
Rep. Jackie Speier gets personal on abortion
Discussion: New York Magazine and CNN
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House cuts off funding for healthcare reform, Planned Parenthood
Discussion: The Plum Line
Michelle Malkin:
Defund-a-palooza: Planned Parenthood, Obamacare on notice
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
House Overwhelmingly Votes to Scrap Planned Parenthood Funding
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Government shutdown is likely, Pelosi aide says  —  A high-ranking aide to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told chiefs of staff of Democratic lawmakers that a government shutdown is more likely than not, according to attendees.  —  Speaking at a regular meeting of the top aides to House Democrats …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi says she's ‘proud’ of Wisconsin Democrats who fled  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she supports the Democratic state senators in Wisconsin who left the state to stop a vote on curbing collective bargaining rights for unionized public employees.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Democrat suggests ‘ObamaCare’ rhetoric should be banned from House floor  —  House Republicans and Democrats started Friday morning's debate over whether to defund last year's healthcare law, and as part of this debate sparred over whether members should be allowed to call that law “ObamaCare.”
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
House votes to defund health care law
Discussion: Riehl World View
USA Today:
House blocks funding for health care law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Mitt Romney / National Review:
Obama Turns His Back on Israel  —  The Obama administration has been seeking a way to avoid vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel.  It has floated the idea of meeting Israel's critics halfway with a U.N. “presidential statement” calling Israeli settlements “illegitimate.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, The Hill and GOP 12
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Gregg Easterbrook:
Family rule is under siege, at last
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Balloon Juice
ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton: Israeli Settlements ‘Illegitimate’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott / Power Line:
Governor Walker meets the press  —  I think one of our readers expresses the feeling of a lot of Wisconsin citizens today.  She certainly expresses my admiration for Governor Walker: … The battle for Wisconsin really raises in extreme form the question whether the people rule here.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Say Reagan Is the Greatest U.S. President  —  Lincoln and Clinton next on the list; Washington fifth  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Ahead of Presidents Day 2011, Americans are most likely to say Ronald Reagan was the nation's greatest president — slightly ahead of Abraham Lincoln and Bill Clinton.
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Obama administration replaces controversial ‘conscience’ regulation for health-care workers  —  The Obama administration rescinded most of a federal regulation Friday designed to protect health workers who refuse to provide care they find objectionable on personal or religious grounds.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jeff Bingaman to retire  —  New Mexico Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman is expected to announce his retirement today, according to a source close to the decision, a move that further complicates his party's efforts to hold their Senate majority in 2012.  —  Bingaman had been mulling whether …
Arizona Daily Star:
Firefighter refused call to Tucson shooting spree scene  —  A veteran city firefighter's refusal to respond to the Jan. 8 shooting spree, citing “political bantering,” may have slowed his Tucson Fire Department unit's response to the incident that left six dead and 13 wounded, city memos show.
Bob Unruh / WorldNetDaily:
Stunner!  Supremes to give eligibility case another look  —  Challenge to Obama getting 2nd conference before court  —  In a stunning move, the U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled another “conference” on a legal challenge to Barack Obama's eligibility to occupy the Oval Office …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
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CBS Boston:
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Dean Baker / The Politico:
Unions badgering Wisconsin's finances?
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