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2:55 PM ET, February 19, 2011

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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
What's at Stake in Wisconsin's Budget Battle  —  Who's in charge of our political system—voters or unions?  —  This week President Obama was roundly criticized, even by many of his allies, for submitting a federal budget that actually increases our already crushing deficit.
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Patrick McIlheran / Real Clear Politics:
FDR's Ghost Is Smiling on Wisconsin's Governor  —  Somewhere, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is grinning past his cigarette holder at Wisconsin's governor.  They are on the same page regarding government unions.  —  Except that Scott Walker — Republican cheapskate, his visage Hitlerized …
Washington Times:
Obama's war on democracy
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Lawmaker: Gov's plan has torn Wisconsin apart
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:   A Watershed Moment for Public-Sector Unions
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Wisconsin protests: why ‘week of rage’ matters to rest of America
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Upside down  —  How the protests in Wisconsin …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Scott / Power Line:   Governor Walker meets the press
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Delirious Joy in Bahrain  —  BAHRAIN — There's delirious joy in the center of Bahrain right now.  People power has prevailed, at least temporarily, over a regime that repeatedly used deadly force to try to crush a democracy movement.  Pro-democracy protesters have retaken the Pearl Roundabout …
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Aljazeera:
Protesters back in Bahrain centre  —  Anti-government protesters reoccupy Pearl roundabout after troops and police withdraw from protest site in capital.  —  [WARNING: This video contains images that some viewers may find disturbing]  —  Thousands of protesters have reoccupied …
CNN:
Protesters in Bahrain retake downtown square
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Union Brothers and Sisters: Seize Opportunity to Show True Solidarity  —  The union-led school closures and demonstrations in Madison have left most ordinary Americans shaking their heads in disbelief.  Months ago, I penned a message to my fellow union brothers and sisters when I found myself …
Rick Piltz / Climate Science Watch:
House votes 244-179 to kill U.S. funding of IPCC  —  Just before 2 a.m. on February 19, the war on climate science showed its grip on the U.S. House of Representatives as it voted to eliminate U.S. funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  The Republican majority …
John Merline / AOL News:
Opinion: What Does Government Do? … Pop quiz.  What's the biggest single job the federal government undertakes?  —  National defense?  Nope.  —  Homeland security?  Wrong.  —  Transportation?  Not even close.  —  Law enforcement?  No way.  —  Education?  Getting colder.  —  Foreign aid?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
House Votes to Cut $60 Billion, Setting Up Budget Clash  —  WASHINGTON — The House early Saturday approved a huge package of spending cuts, slashing more than $60 billion from domestic programs, foreign aid, and even some military projects, as the new Republican majority made good on its pledge …
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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hrw.org:
Libya: Security Forces Kill 84 Over Three Days
Agence France Presse:
Hundreds demonstrate for secular Tunisia  —  TUNIS — Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated Saturday for a secular state following the murder of a Polish priest, verbal attacks on Jews and an attempt by Islamists to set fire to a brothel.  —  Rallied by a call on social network Facebook …
Lady Liberty / The Gateway Pundit:
Bloggers For Peace Flotilla Arrived In Madison...SITUATION TENSE...UPDATE: Thousands of Walker's Supporters Are Here!  —  This is an update from Jim.  He's on the ground and in the thick of things.  He will be phoning in updates throughout the day.  —  (Pygalgia)
Discussion: Instapundit and Weasel Zippers
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
U.S.-TALIBAN TALKS  —  On August 22, 1998, Mullah Omar, the emir of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, made a cold call to the State Department.  The United States had just lobbed cruise missiles at Al Qaeda camps in his nation.  Omar got a mid-level diplomat on the line and spoke calmly.
Oregonian:
Rep. David Wu's staff confronted him over concerns about his mental health  —  WASHINGTON — Three days before the Nov. 2 election, U.S. Rep. David Wu's most loyal and senior staffers were so alarmed by his erratic behavior that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment.
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:
MICH. UNION HIRING HOMELESS PEOPLE TO PICKET  —  “Astroturfing: An artificially-manufactured political movement designed to give the appearance of grass roots activism.”  —  If ever you wanted to see a great example of “astroturfing,” then the video below might become a part of your permanent library.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
 
 
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