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4:45 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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Poll: Public unions a hard sell
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
DNC Expands Role In Labor Protests To Ohio, Indiana
Monica Davey / New York Times:   Wisconsin Bill in Limbo as G.O.P. Seeks Quorum
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Online:
Wisconsin: A Critical Fight for the Labor Movement
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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Diane Webber / The Politico:
Rep. Jackie Speier gets personal on abortion  —  The debate over defunding Planned Parenthood turned personal Thursday night as California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier told colleagues of her own abortion experience.  —  Speier spoke out after Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey read …
First Read / msnbc.com:
House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding  —  From NBC's Shawna Thomas and Mark Murray  —  As expected, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence's (R) amendment to strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood passed the House by a 240-185 vote.  Ten Democrats joined the GOP majority, while seven Republicans voted against the measure.
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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Ballot Box:
Sen. Bingaman to retire
Discussion: CNN, The Note and USA Today
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sen. Jeff Bingaman to retire
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THEY MAY ACTUALLY BE ‘A BUNCH OF YAHOOS’.... A month …
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
Free exchange:
Outrageous cuts  —  PAUL KRUGMAN'S columns tend so often toward scathing criticism of Republicans that it's easy to discount the outrage and dismiss it.  It would be a shame if that's the reaction to his writing today, which couldn't be more on point.  To wit:
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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.”
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Army Wins NASCAR Sponsorship Fight  —  The Army, the Air Force and the National Guard NASCAR racing teams will ride again this year, after the House voted 241-148 to ditch a measure to ban the Pentagon from sponsoring stock car teams.  —  The measure was introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum …
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Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
House votes down ban on military sponsorship of NASCAR teams
Discussion: The Note
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
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.
Discussion: The Foundry and Pam's House Blend
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 …
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's Louis XV budget  —  Five days before his inauguration, President-elect Obama told The Post that entitlement reform could no longer be kicked down the road.  He then spent the next two years kicking - racking up $3 trillion in new debt along the way - on the grounds …
Discussion: neo-neocon
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.
Jay Sorgi / WTMJ:
Capitol Chaos: State Patrol Goes After Democratic Senators  —  MADISON - According to the Wisconsin senate majority leader, the Governor's office is sending out state troopers to go after Wisconsin's Democratic Senate members to bring in a vote on Governor Walker's budget bill …
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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