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9:30 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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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 …
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.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wis. governor: GOP won't be ‘bullied’ by union bill protesters  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says his party has been emboldened by massive protests against his controversial budget plan.  —  Walker said demonstrators who filled the state Capitol building in Madison and the boycott …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Scott Walker vs. Public Sector Unions  —  When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker looked out the window of his office at the Capitol in Madison Wednesday he saw more than 10,000 people gathered to protest his decision to require public employees to contribute more to their pensions and health care.
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
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.
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 …
WTMJ:
Budget Battle: Democrats Who Left State are Located
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
Re ‘To Be a Republican Lawmaker in Madison’
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Pundit & Pundette
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Gov. Walker Ginned Up Budget Shortfall To Undercut Worker Rights
Jennifer Liberto / CNNMoney.com:
Boehner: ‘Read my lips,’ GOP will cut spending
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: Daily Kos and FrumForum
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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.
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Palin Talks 2012, Birthers, and Government Shutdown
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin, on Long Island, Answers Budget and Worldview Questions
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Sarah hints at WH run, slams Obamas
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.
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Robin Bravender / The Politico:   House votes to overthrow ‘czars’
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 …
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 …
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 …
BBC:
Bahrain protests: Angry mourners bury clashes victims  —  The BBC's Caroline Hawley in Manama: “I saw men with tears in their eyes”  —  Thousands of people have been voicing anger against Bahrain's authorities at the funerals of victims of Thursday's clashes which left four dead.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and AOL News
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 …
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 …
 
 
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