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9:15 AM ET, February 20, 2011

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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.
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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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Doctors handing out fake medical excuses at WI union protest  —  Teachers playing hooky.  How instructive.  —  Via Drudge, one of the more hypocritical moments of the union protests in Madison gets committed to videotape by MacIver Institute.  Why hypocritical?
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
At the Wisconsin protest, doctors offer to write excuse notes for teachers who called in sick.  —  Details and video here.  —  I saw these people myself today.  At first I thought it was some sort of comic street theater, but it was, apparently, real doctors, defending what they were doing.
Discussion: Instapundit and The Gateway Pundit
Michelle Malkin:
Photo gallery: What Big Labor protesters are teaching kids (language warning); Update: Slobs and more vulgarity and Fox hate  —  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!
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Wall Street Journal:
Protests Fail to Sway Wisconsin Governor  —  Madison, Wisc.  — With Democratic senators still out of state and tens of thousands of demonstrators converging on the muddy grounds of the statehouse, Gov. Scott Walker Saturday refused to compromise with Democrats, rejecting their offer …
Discussion: Truthdig
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Big Government:   I Stand with Scott Walker
Washington Times:
Obama's war on democracy
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Descends on Madison Protests  —  Wisconsin Tea Party Activists Are Now Weighing In on the Ongoing State Worker Protests and Exploring Measures to Recall the Missing Democratic Senators  —  Wisconsin tea party activists are now weighing in on the ongoing state worker protests …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Florida threatens to shred 2012 calendar  —  A deepening standoff between national Republicans and top party leaders in Florida has the potential to blow up the 2012 presidential primary calendar — and do lasting damage to the GOP in the nation's largest swing state.
BBC:
Bahrain unrest: Protesters reoccupy Pearl Square  —  Anti-government protesters rejoiced as they entered Pearl Square  —  Thousands of anti-government protesters in Bahrain have resumed an occupation of Pearl Square, the focal point of protests in the capital Manama.
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Anthony Shadid / New York Times:
Cycle of Suppression Rises in Libya and Elsewhere  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — As thousands of protesters returned Saturday to a courthouse in Libya's second largest city that has become an epicenter of a challenge to four decades of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's rule, a deadly cycle was emerging …
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CNN:
Libyan demonstrators say they'll soldier on despite violent crackdown
Ian Lovett / New York Times:
Nevada Seeks to Cut Funds for Treating Gambling Addiction  —  Gordie Greco was hooked on gambling almost from the first time he shot dice at age 16.  And for 35 years, gambling was his life: he worked in the industry and made his own bets on sports and horses.
Discussion: FrumForum
Lexington Green / Chicago Boyz:
Getting to a Wisconsin Senate Quorum  —  Wisconsin Senate rules require a 3/5 quorum in the Senate.  There are currently 19 Republican senators, and 14 Democrat senators.  —  The GOP needs one more to get to 20.  —  The Democrat senators have apparently said they will stay away for weeks if necessary.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Post-Tucson Traumatic Stress Disorder  —  SIX weeks after that horrific day in Tucson, America has half-forgotten its violent debate over the power of violent speech to incite violence.  It's Gabrielle Giffords's own power of speech that rightly concerns us now.
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.
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Case on Mortage Official Is Said to Be Dropped  —  Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles have dropped their criminal investigation into Angelo R. Mozilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide Financial, once the nation's largest mortgage lender, according to a person with direct knowledge of the investigation.
Discussion: naked capitalism
 
 
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Fcphantom / Daily Kos:
Organizing recall in Wisconsin
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
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Agence France Presse:
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