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12:50 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber and EA WorldView
Anthony Shadid / New York Times:   Cycle of Suppression Rises in Libya and Elsewhere
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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Wall Street Journal:
Protests Fail to Sway Wisconsin Governor
Discussion: Truthdig
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Big Government:   I Stand with Scott Walker
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
DNC chairman: Wisconsin governor waging war on public workers  —  RICHMOND, Va. — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine laid into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) Saturday night, telling a crowd of Democratic activists that what's happening in that state amounts to a declaration of war on public workers.
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MacIver Institute:
Fake Doctors' Notes Being Handed Out at Wisconsin Gov. Union Rally
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
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Rumsfeld blasts Obama's world image  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld disputes the notion that President Barack Obama has made America more popular around the globe than it was under his former boss, President George W. Bush.  —  Asked on CNN's “State of the Union” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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: Prairie Weather
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.
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.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Schumer: GOP puts Congress on course for inevitable shutdown  —  A top Senate Democrat warned Sunday that Congress is on course for an inevitable government shutdown.  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats won't accept the steep spending cuts proposed by House Republicans through September.
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Hiding Details of Dubious Deal, U.S. Invokes National Security  —  WASHINGTON — For eight years, government officials turned to Dennis Montgomery, a California computer programmer, for eye-popping technology that he said could catch terrorists.  Now, federal officials want nothing …
 
 
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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
New Bid to Remove De Facto Freeze on Jews in Judea and Samaria
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Telegraph:
Four Russian tourists killed on way to Caucasus ski resort
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Vivian Salama / Bloomberg:
Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri Tells Egyptians to Establish Islamic State
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Case on Mortage Official Is Said to Be Dropped
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