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7:55 AM ET, February 19, 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.”
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Wisconsin protests: why ‘week of rage’ matters to rest of America  —  Wisconsin protests at the state Capitol pit a new wave of tea party-inspired Republicans against Democrats defending their most cherished ideals.  It's a political drama that echoes across the country and could play out again across the newly ‘red’ Midwest.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Pajamas Media
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.
Ezra Klein:
Unions aren't to blame for Wisconsin's budget
Tobin Harshaw / Opinionator:
Cairo in the Midwest?
First Read / msnbc.com:   First Thoughts: Upside down  —  How the protests in Wisconsin …
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. …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP using Planned Parenthood as ‘whipping boy’ in health debate
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Joan McCarter / Daily Kos:
House votes to defund Planned Parenthood, Title X
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Don Surber
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House cuts off funding for healthcare reform, Planned Parenthood
Discussion: The Hill and 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
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.
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Conservative budget amendment fails House amid fissure among Republicans
BBC:
Libya protests: 84 killed in growing unrest, says HRW  —  Former UK envoy to Libya: “The most exciting question is what happens in Tripoli” (Footage from Libyan TV and amateur sources)  —  The number of people killed in three days of protests in Libya has risen to 84, according to the New York-based group Human Rights Watch.
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Guardian:
Libya protests: massacres reported as Gaddafi imposes news blackout
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.
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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Cubachi:
Allen West lashes out at the “ignorance and dishonest rhetoric” of Congressional Democrats  —  After serving over a month in Congress, Representative Allen West, a Tea Party favorite is less than impressed with democrats from the other side of the aisle.  —  He wrote his sentiments in a press release.
Discussion: Doug Ross and Liberty Pundits Blog
ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton: Israeli Settlements ‘Illegitimate’  —  Secretary of State Calls Working Toward Mideast Peace Her ‘Highest Priority’  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Israeli settlements “illegitimate” shortly before the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Mitt Romney / National Review:
Obama Turns His Back on Israel
Discussion: Salon, The Hill, Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
A Place on the Right for a Few Godless Conservatives  —  As a child, Razib Khan spent several weeks studying in a Bangladeshi madrasa.  Heather Mac Donald once studied literary deconstructionism and clerked for a left-wing judge.  In neither case did the education take.
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Why Does College Cost So Much?  —  Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman are economists at the College of William & Mary, a public university in Virginia, and the authors of “Why Does College Cost So Much?”  If you want the brief version, you could look at an op-ed article by the two economists …
John / Power Line:
Just Wondering  —  A reader asks a good question about news coverage of events in Wisconsin: … Heh.  We all remember how liberal news coverage of tea party rallies rarely failed to note that they were “predominantly white.”  Somehow, that is no longer a salient fact …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
House votes to defund health care law  —  Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives voted Friday to bar any federal agency from spending money to implement the new health care law.  —  The vote was on an GOP amendment to a bill that would cut government spending for the rest of this fiscal year …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Libyan Disconnect  —  Renesys confirms that the 13 globally routed Libyan network prefixes were withdrawn at 23:18 GMT (Friday night, 1:18am Saturday local time), and Libya is off the Internet.  One Libyan route originated by Telecom Italia directly is still BGP-reachable, but inbound traceroutes appear to die in Palermo.
 
 
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