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1:45 PM ET, February 18, 2011

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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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Athens in Mad Town  —  A seminal showdown between public unions and taxpayers.  —  For Americans who don't think the welfare state riots of France or Greece can happen here, we recommend a look at the union and Democratic Party spectacle now unfolding in Wisconsin.
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 …
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
DNC Expands Role In Labor Protests To Ohio, Indiana … WASHINGTON — Building on the momentum in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of protesters have turned out to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker's effort to strip collective-bargaining rights from the state's public-employee unions …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Join Andrew Breitbart, Herman Cain & Jim Hoft at Wisconsin Freedom Rally to Support Scott Walker Saturday
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Online:
Wisconsin: A Critical Fight for the Labor Movement
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Wonkette
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: Wisconsin Dems Hiding At Best Western in Rockford, IL ...Update: TEA PARTY WINS!
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
After all those efforts to paint Tea Partiers as using violent images and rhetoric …
Fox News:
Wisconsin Governor to Missing Democrats: Do Your Job
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 …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Bingaman to retire  —  By: CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
Ballot Box:
Sen. Bingaman to retire
Discussion: The Note
New York Times:
Security Forces in Bahrain Open Fire on Mourners  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — Government forces opened fire on hundreds of mourners marching toward Pearl Square Friday, sending people running away in panic amid the boom of concussion grenades.  But even as the people fled, at least one helicopter sprayed fire …
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BBC:
Bahrain troops ‘fire on crowds’  —  Bahraini security forces have opened fire on anti-government protesters, witnesses and opposition activists say.  —  The protesters were fired on after they had streamed into the centre of the capital Manama from the funerals of protesters killed in a security crackdown earlier this week.
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.
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New York Times:   Tucson Firefighter Refused to Respond
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
House Dem reveals abortion on the House floor  —  Strong stuff from Dem Rep. Jackie Speier of California, who delivered an emotional speech on the House floor last night, revealing she had an abortion as she dressed down a Republican colleague for trivialing the decisionmaking that goes into deciding whether to undergo the procedure:
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Diane Webber / The Politico:
Rep. Jackie Speier gets personal on abortion
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 …
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Sonja Puzic / Vancouver Sun:
Ont. couple's appeal to bring baby home dismissed  —  A Superior Court judge has dismissed a Windsor couple's appeal of a decision to have their dying baby's breathing tube removed in hospital.  In this undated handout photo, Joseph Maraachli, a one-year-old boy from Windsor, Ont. …
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All American Blogger:
Canadian Death Panel Decides Baby Should Die, Canadian Court Agrees
Juliana Gruenwald / NationalJournal.com:
House Passes Amendment to Block Funds for Net Neutrality Order  —  The House passed an amendment Thursday that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement the network-neutrality order it approved in December.  —  The amendment, approved on a 244-181 vote …
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi aide says a government shutdown is likely  —  A high-ranking aide to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democratic chiefs of staff that a government shutdown is more likely than not, according to attendees.  —  Speaking at a regular meeting of the top aides to House Democrats …
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Administration asks judge to tell the states that healthcare law isn't optional  —  The Obama administration is asking a federal judge who struck down the healthcare reform law to clarify that states must still implement the overhaul as the appeals process plays out.
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.”
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Who's Polarizing America?  —  American politics just keeps getting more polarized.  Be assured that Obama wants it that way.  I argue in Radical-in-Chief that Obama's long-term hope is to divide America along class lines (roughly speaking, tax payers versus tax beneficiaries).
David Brooks / New York Times:
Tomorrow Never Comes  —  Jonathan Alter wrote a book about Barack Obama's first year in office called “The Promise.”  That's a great title because it works on so many levels.  For example, over the past four years, Obama's career has been marked by a constant promise: He has continually …
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: GOP 12, Daily Kos, FrumForum and The Page
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
VIDEO ROUND-UP: In NH, Opponents Claim Marriage Equality Would Facilitate ‘Sharia Law’  —  Yesterday, New Hampshire's House Judiciary Committee held an eight-hour hearing to consider three proposals to rescind the state's 2009 same-sex marriage law.  More than 600 people attended the marathon session …
 
 
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Social Security Admin warns workers
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Agence France Presse:
Egypt protest hero Wael Ghonim barred from stage
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
Dean Baker / The Politico:
Unions badgering Wisconsin's finances?
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Bachmann relying on faith for 2012 decision
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Sen. John Thune says he could offer GOP more than just a fresh face in 2012
Discussion: Washington Monthly and SENATUS
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee at home abroad on frequent trips to Israel
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kucinich must pay $50,000 for improperly using campaign expenses
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 Earlier Items: 
Howard Gleckman / TaxVox:
Where Will New Revenues for Deficit Reduction Come From?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and AmSpecBlog
David Hansen / The Politico:
Killing the ‘kill switch’
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Martin O'Malley steps into the spotlight
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Bill OK'd to end collective bargaining with schools
Discussion: Don Surber and TPMDC
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Warning for GOP: Beware ‘Arrogance of Power’
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and Ballot Box