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7:25 AM ET, February 18, 2011

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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: Wisconsin Dems Hiding At Best Western in Rockford, IL ...Update: TEA PARTY WINS!  Chases WI Dems Out of Rockford ...Update: WI Dem Says They're Still in IL (Video)  —  The Wisconsin senate democrats fled the state today rather than vote on a budget repair bill.
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Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
AWOL Wisconsin Democrat calls CNN with list of demands  —  State Senator Mark Miller, a member of the missing band of Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers who fled Madison Thursday to avoid a vote on a budget bill, called into CNN with the group's list of demands for Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
John / Power Line:
One More Thing About Wisconsin  —  A common theme of the union demonstrators in Madison today was that Governor Walker is a “dictator.”  This showed up on sign after sign.  It sheds light, I think, on how public union members in particular, and liberals in general, think.
Discussion: Althouse
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
After all those efforts to paint Tea Partiers as using violent images and rhetoric, these pictures from Madison have got to hurt.  —  The Wisconsin GOP made a nice montage:  —  And here's a picture I took today:  —  I asked the woman if she thought Scott Walker was like Hitler, and she said “Yes.”
JSOnline:
Democrats flee state to avoid vote on budget bill  —  By Jason Stein, Patrick Marley and Steve Schultze of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Amid the third straight day of chaotic but largely peaceful protests at the Capitol, Democratic senators Thursday boycotted a Senate vote …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Watch Wisconsin, Part IV: Salary info Big Labor doesn't want you to see; statewide strike looms, teachers' union recruits out-of-state protesters  —  Wisconsin teacher salary facts:  —  “Teaching salaries in Wisconsin have increased since 2007.  For example, the average teacher salary …
Discussion: Doug Ross
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and FrumForum
WTMJ:
Budget Battle: Democrats Who Left State are Located
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Scott Walker vs. Public Sector Unions
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Re ‘To Be a Republican Lawmaker in Madison’
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Wisconsin Teachers Protest Ed Budget, Union Cuts
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The historical illiteracy of Wisconsin teachers; Update: Crosshairs, “Reload”
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: Outside the Beltway and FrumForum
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Palin Talks 2012, Birthers, and Government Shutdown
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Sarah hints at WH run, slams Obamas
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
GOP activists in Iowa divided on whether Palin can carry 2012 banner  —  WEST DES MOINES, IOWA - A group of Republican activists was sorting out the field of prospective 2012 presidential candidates on a cold night here recently when talk turned to Sarah Palin.
Discussion: FrumForum
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin, on Long Island, Answers Budget and Worldview Questions
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
GOP votes to defund Obama's policy ‘czars’  —  The House GOP approved an amendment to a government-spending bill that would block funding for the Obama administration's so-called policy “czars,” appointed advisers to the president that have been much-criticized by Republicans.  —  The vote was 249-171.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Dem Rep Receives Threat Over NASCAR Proposal (DOCUMENT)  —  Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) alerted Capitol Police Thursday after a threatening fax arrived at her office attacking her proposal to strip Pentagon sponsorship from NASCAR teams.  —  McCollum's staff tells TPM this is the first time they've alerted …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Willie Sutton Wept  —  There are three things you need to know about the current budget debate.  First, it's essentially fraudulent.  Second, most people posing as deficit hawks are faking it.  Third, while President Obama hasn't fully avoided the fraudulence, he's less bad than his opponents …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
alarabiya.net:
Mmilitary to secure Qaradawi's access to Tahrir Square  —  Banned Qaradawi returns to lead Friday prayers in Egypt  —  For the first time since he was banned from leading weekly friday prayers in Egypt 30 years ago, prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will lead thousands in the weekly prayers …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Karl Rove: Birther rumors discredit GOP  —  Former Bush adviser Karl Rove is calling on GOP politicians to avoid falling into the “birther” movement trap and to stop fueling rumors that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.  —  “Within our party, we've got to be very careful …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and FrumForum
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David Weigel / Slate:
How House Democrats plan to take advantage of Republican overreach on abortion. … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Politics … - What's the Best Kind of Movie To Watch on TV?  (Hint: It Helps if Cameron Diaz Is in It.)  - Cell Phone Taxes Are Insanely, Indefensibly High- Frank …
Stephen Lowman / Political Bookworm:
Rand Paul on Sarah Palin, Dostoevsky and dad  —  Rand Paul may still be green to the ways of the U.S. Senate (he only assumed office in January) but he's got a lot to say about the political state of the country.  Most of his new book, “The Tea Party Goes to Washington,” …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Fang Yunyu / GlobalTimes,Special Report:
Great Firewall father speaks out  —  The father of the Great Firewall of China (GFW) has signed up to six virtual private networks (VPNs) that he uses to access some of the websites he had originally helped block.  —  “I have six VPNs on my home computer,” says Fang Binxing, 50 …
Discussion: Guardian and L.A. Times Tech Blog
Lachlan Carmichael / Agence France Presse:
Clinton tells Bahrain of concern about unrest  —  WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged Bahrain to show restraint, bolster reform efforts and “hold accountable” those who used deadly force against anti-government protesters.  —  Clinton delivered the message …
Discussion: Federal Eye, Truthdig and FrumForum
People-Press.org:
Labor Unions Seen as Good for Workers, Not U.S. Competitiveness  —  Unions' Favorability Still Low, But Mirrors Business Rating  —  The favorability ratings for labor unions remain at nearly their lowest level in a quarter century with 45% expressing a positive view.
 
 
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Gallup:
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Discussion: MLive.com and RedState
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood Financing Is Caught in Budget Feud
Discussion: New York Magazine
The Note:
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Discussion: The Politico
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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New York Times:
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