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11:45 AM ET, February 20, 2011

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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 …
Discussion: POWIP and The Other McCain
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Protests Fail to Sway Wisconsin Governor
Discussion: Truthdig
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Big Government:   I Stand with Scott Walker
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 …
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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.
New York Times:
Libyan Forces Again Fire on Residents at Funerals  —  By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, ANTHONY SHADID and MONA EL-NAGGAR  —  CAIRO — Libyan security forces opened fire again Sunday on residents of Benghazi as they attended a funeral procession for the dozens of protesters killed there the day before …
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:   Cycle of Suppression Rises in Libya and Elsewhere
CNN:
Libyan demonstrators say they'll soldier on despite violent crackdown
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Doctors handing out fake medical excuses at WI union protest
Michelle Malkin:
Badger State Battle: Unions vs. Tea Party in Wisconsin; Runaway Dems could be AWOL “for weeks …
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.
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
Daily Mail:
Extremist cleric to lead White House protest calling for Muslims to ‘rise up and establish Islamic state in America’  —  A hardline Muslim cleric who sparked anger across the U.S. with his anti-American comments in a television interview this month is to hold a protest outside the White House.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Vivian Salama / Bloomberg:
Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri Tells Egyptians to Establish Islamic State  —  Al-Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Egyptians to revive Islamic rule and criticized Hosni Mubarak as a “modern-day pharaoh” in remarks that came before the former Egyptian president was toppled.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
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.
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.
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
New Bid to Remove De Facto Freeze on Jews in Judea and Samaria  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  A Knesset ministerial committee is discussing on Sunday a new bill to grant Jews in Judea and Samaria the same rights that other citizens enjoy by extending Israeli civil sovereignty …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
 
 
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