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9:50 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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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 …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Wisconsin Protesters Breitbarted Over Bogus Teachers' Excuses  —  Fox News broke this bulletin about an hour ago.  It stems from a video posted by the MacIver Institute Wisconsin alleging that a doctor is signing bogus excuses for teachers protesting in Madison.
MacIver Institute:
Fake Doctors' Notes Being Handed Out at Wisconsin Gov. Union Rally  —  [Madison, WI] As tens of thousands of public employees skipped work this week to attend protest rallies outside the Wisconsin State Capitol, many wondered if they would face any disciplinary action for unexcused absences.
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 …
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.  —  There were thousands of tea party patriots at the Wisconsin capitol today.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
HERMAN CAIN VIDEO ADDED  —  Tea Party activists staged a “Stand With Scott Walker” rally today at the Capitol in Madison.  Our man Troglopundit was on the scene and Tweeted that the union goons outnumbered the pro-Walker crowd.  But he also Tweets this:
New York Times:
Dueling Protests as Nothing Gets Done
Discussion: CBS News
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Big Government:   I Stand with Scott Walker
Washington Times:
Obama's war on democracy
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
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.
BBC:
Libya protests: Reports of intense Benghazi violence  —  A former UK envoy to Libya says a key question is what happens in the capital Tripoli (Footage from Libyan TV and amateur sources)  —  Intense violence has been reported in Libya's second city, Benghazi, with troops said to have opened fire again on anti-government protesters.
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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?
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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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 …
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Lawmaker: Gov's plan has torn Wisconsin apart  —  Dem state senator says Scott Walker's proposal to end collective bargaining for most public employees is “absolutely, positively wrong”  —  Protests are continuing at the State Capitol in Madison against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposal …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:   A Watershed Moment for Public-Sector Unions
Michelle Malkin:
Photo gallery: What Big Labor protesters are teaching kids (language warning)  —  Thanks to reader Justin Falk for sending along these pictures from the progressive Peace&Love march in Madison, Wisconsin today (language warning).  Keep it classy, progs!  —  New Civility.  Same as the Old.
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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Randy Wyrick / Vail Daily:
Michelle Obama in Vail for weekend  —  VAIL, Colorado — First lady Michelle Obama is among the Presidents Day weekend crowd.  —  Obama arrived Friday night for a weekend of skiing in Vail and Beaver Creek, according to local sources.  —  A motorcade of about a dozen vehicles …
Fcphantom / Daily Kos:
Organizing recall in Wisconsin  —  All week long I've been closely following the situation in Madison as I sat on my couch sneezing and coughing.  Others have covered the issue itself.  I'm going to cover what we can actually DO about it.  —  Wisconsin law says that you can recall …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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
 
 
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Doctors handing out fake medical excuses at WI union protest
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
UN settlement condemnation vetoed
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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Rangel: Wis. proposal attempts to ‘crush the union movement’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Under Assault  —  I'm just starting to get a real bunker …
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