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3:05 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: EA WorldView and Don Surber
James Randerson / Guardian:
More than 200 feared dead in Libya
Discussion: Truthdig
Aljazeera:
Libya unrest death toll ‘tops 200’
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 …
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Protests Fail to Sway Wisconsin Governor
Discussion: Truthdig and New York Times
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ryan: Any short-term funding bill will have to include spending cuts  —  The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee said Sunday that any spending bills passed next month - even short-term measures - will include spending cuts.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Congress will likely avoid …
Discussion: The Politico
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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
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Schumer: GOP puts Congress on course for inevitable shutdown
Discussion: CNN
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
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.
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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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
Kjtorrance / Weekly Standard:
A Historic Flood of Red Ink  —  Obama's mind-boggling budget  —  After proposing his third straight budget calling for more than $1 trillion in deficit spending—no other president has ever proposed even half that much (although, in his last year, President George W. Bush did end up spending that much) …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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.
 
 
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Administration treads carefully on Libya, Bahrain pro-democracy protest violence
Discussion: The Politico
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
When Armies Decide  —  WASHINGTON — There comes a moment …
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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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New York Times:
Hiding Details of Dubious Deal, U.S. Invokes National Security
 Earlier Items: 
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Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri Tells Egyptians to Establish Islamic State
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Case on Mortage Official Is Said to Be Dropped
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Post-Tucson Traumatic Stress Disorder
Ian Lovett / New York Times:
Nevada Seeks to Cut Funds for Treating Gambling Addiction
Discussion: FrumForum
Lexington Green / Chicago Boyz:
Getting to a Wisconsin Senate Quorum
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Florida threatens to shred 2012 calendar