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6:30 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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Badger State Battle: Unions vs. Tea Party in Wisconsin; Runaway Dems could be AWOL “for weeks;” recall campaigns launched; nine anti-Walker protesters arrested; fake doctors' notes for fake sick teachers (VIDEO)  —  It's Battle of the Protest Bands in Madison today, with thousands …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
For Wisconsin Governor, Battle Was Long Coming  —  MADISON, Wis. — Just last fall, people here were waving campaign signs.  But the blocks around the State Capitol have been filled for the past week with protesters brandishing signs with a different message — demanding a recall of Gov. Scott Walker …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Washington Times:
Obama's war on democracy  —  President's campaign forces seize Wisconsin statehouse  —  Message to Wisconsin taxpayers: President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have declared war on you.  Message to other states: You're next.  —  The political unrest in Wisconsin …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
MacIver Institute:   Fake Doctors' Notes Being Handed Out at Wisconsin Gov. Union Rally
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
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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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
House Votes to Cut $60 Billion, Setting Up Clash  —  WASHINGTON — The House voted early Saturday to slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget over the next seven months, showing how powerfully the grass-roots, antispending fervor of the November elections is driving …
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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
Discussion: Arabist.net
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.
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?
Lady Liberty / The Gateway Pundit:
Bloggers For Peace Flotilla Arrives In Madison...SITUATION TENSE ...Update: Thousands of Walker 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)
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
The ‘Union Hires Non-Union Picketers’ Story of the Day  —  Unions hiring non-union labor to walk picket lines certainly isn't a rarity, but this story from Michigan has some bonus irony: The business a local carpenter's union hired homeless people to picket is a company that is a partner …
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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Jonathon M. Seidl / The Blaze:   MICH. UNION HIRING HOMELESS PEOPLE TO PICKET
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 Cole / Balloon Juice:
Under Assault  —  I'm just starting to get a real bunker mentality- Planned Parenthood is apparently the new Acorn.  We'll do a fundraiser for them sometime soon.  —  As to Sullivan's “Of course cuts hurt people” bulls**t, a couple thoughts:  —  1.)  Who is this ED Kain and what did he do with the old one?
 
 
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Rangel: Wis. proposal attempts to ‘crush the union movement’
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Agence France Presse:
Hundreds demonstrate for secular Tunisia
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
U.S.-TALIBAN TALKS  —  On August 22, 1998, Mullah Omar …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
In Bahrain, the Bullets Fly
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
Libyan Disconnect  —  Renesys confirms that the 13 globally …
John / Power Line:
Just Wondering  —  A reader asks a good question about news coverage …
Discussion: GayPatriot and TigerHawk