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5:45 PM ET, February 20, 2011

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BBC:
Libya unrest: Scores killed in Benghazi ‘massacre’  —  Details have emerged of huge casualty figures in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where troops have launched a brutal crackdown on protesters.  —  More than 200 people are known to have died, doctors say, with 900 injured.
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Ian Black / Guardian:
Libya defiant as hundreds of protesters feared dead  —  • Witnesses describe ‘massacres’ as Libyan troops shoot unarmed demonstrators in Benghazi  —  • Tension eases in Bahrain but unrest continues in Iran, Yemen, Morocco, Oman, Kuwait and Algeria
Nick Meo / Telegraph:
Libya protests: 140 ‘massacred’ as Gaddafi sends in snipers to crush dissent  —  Women and children leapt from bridges to their deaths as they tried to escape a ruthless crackdown by Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.  —  Snipers shot protesters, artillery and helicopter gunships …
Reuters:
Libyan forces fight Benghazi protesters, 100 dead  —  (Reuters) - At least 20 protesters were killed overnight in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a rights watchdog said on Sunday, after witnesses said security forces fired heavy weapons at civilians from a fortified compound.
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Libyan forces fire on mourners at funeral again
James Randerson / News: News blog:
Arab and Middle East protests - 20th February as it happened
Discussion: Guardian and Truthdig
Aljazeera:
Libya unrest death toll ‘tops 200’
Fox News:
12K State Workers Could Be Fired Without Budget Deal, Wisconsin Governor Warns  —  Saturday: Protesters gather down State Street in Madison, Wis., after a rally outside the Wisconsin State Capitol.  A few dozen police officers stood between supporters of GOP Gov. Scott Walker on the muddy east lawn …
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Pejman Yousefzadeh / A Chequer-Board of Nights …:
Everyone Should Have Seen This Coming  —  Consider the following from this profile of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (all emphasis mine): … As the excerpt, and the highlighted material makes clear, Walker has been an open book as a politician.  He has never tried to disguise his stance …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Walker: ‘We are willing to take this as long as it takes’  —  Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin told Fox News Sunday this morning that he will consider “every option” as he attempts to bring Democratic state senators back to the capitol to vote on his budget plan.  “We are willing to take this as long as it takes,” he said.
Discussion: Power Line
Meredith Shiner / Reuters:   Protesters, impasse remain in Madison
Wall Street Journal:
Protests Fail to Sway Wisconsin Governor
Discussion: Truthdig and New York Times
Angella Johnson / Daily Mail:
I was a mob sex attack victim in Tahrir Square... just like Lara Logan  —  I was especially horrified to read of CBS journalist Lara Logan's sex ordeal as she reported on Egyptians celebrating the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak - because I too was a victim.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Stars and Sewers  —  Rarely have we seen such epic clashes between …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Lugar opposes House budget bill  —  A senior Senate Republican on Sunday rejected the spending bill approved by House Republicans on Saturday.  —  Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said the size of the $61 billion in cuts proposed by the House is “reasonable,” but he wouldn't support the bill as it stands.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ryan: Any short-term funding bill will have to include spending cuts
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Schumer: GOP puts Congress on course for inevitable shutdown
Discussion: CNN
Irish_Grinder / New York Post:
Topics  —  Salsumba: so who from Columbia was going to walk into Bagdada and “just arrest” Sadaam?  Maybe you?  You sir/ma'am are an illiformed nitwit.  —  SSGT Maschek< you are outstanding!  These Columbia BD's are so smart they are stupid.......
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Labor Unions and Me  —  Ezra Klein's weekend question: “Almost forgot!  Have you or anyone close to you belonged to a union?  How did that change your impressions of organized labor in general?”  —  I'm generally speaking an out-of-touch pointy headed elite, but as it happens throughout my life my father has been a union member.
Discussion: L'Hôte
E.S. Browning / Wall Street Journal:
Retiring Boomers Find 401(k) Plans Fall Short  —  The 401(k) generation is beginning to retire, and it isn't a pretty sight.  —  The retirement savings plans that many baby boomers thought would see them through old age are falling short in many cases.  —  The median household headed …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and FrumForum
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
BREAKING: Andrew Breitbart Contracts “Walker Pneumonia” In Madison, Wisconsin!  —  While on the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, Andrew Breitbart contracted a horrible case of Walker Pneumonia!  He was diagnosed by a street “doctor” who was apparently handing out fraudulent Dr.'s excuses to union protesters.
Denise Dick / Vindicator:
Facebook remark wasn't racist, Hagan says  —  A Broadview Heights woman is accusing state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of using a term that some believe has a racist connotation on a social networking site.  —  Hagan, D-60th, of Youngstown, used the term “buckwheat” in a Facebook posting Saturday.
Discussion: Moe Lane
thenorthwestern.com:
Video: Watch State Rep. Gordon Hintz's speech on Assembly floor Friday night  —  Whether there had been one camera, a dozen or had he been in a room with just his fellow lawmakers, Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, believes his reaction would have been the same.
 
 
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