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1:45 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.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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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.
Michelle Malkin:
Badger State Battle: Unions vs. Tea Party in Wisconsin; Runaway Dems could be AWOL “for weeks;” recall campaigns launched; nine anti-Walker protesters arrested; fake doctors' notes for fake sick teachers (VIDEO)  —  It's Battle of the Protest Bands in Madison today, with thousands …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Doctors handing out fake medical excuses at WI union protest
Gov. Tim Pawlenty / Big Government:
I Stand with Scott Walker  —  Governor Scott Walker is making the tough choices needed to avoid financial ruin in Wisconsin.  Like most states, Wisconsin is facing a budget deficit caused in part by excessive pay and benefits for public employees.  Governor Walker is tackling this problem head on …
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Patrick McIlheran / Real Clear Politics:
FDR's Ghost Is Smiling on Wisconsin's Governor
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Rangel: Wis. proposal attempts to ‘crush the union movement’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Tyranny in Wisconsin, Part 4  —  It has been just over five weeks since a deranged gunman in a Tucson suburb left six people dead and 13 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  In the wake of that horrific tragedy, Americans reflected on — and argued about …
Washington Times:
Obama's war on democracy
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
David S Morgan / CBS News:
Lawmaker: Gov's plan has torn Wisconsin apart
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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New York Times:
Dueling Protests in a Capital as Nothing Much Gets Done
Discussion: CBS News and New York Times
BBC:
Libya protests: Reports of intense Benghazi violence  —  A former UK envoy to Libya says a key question is what happens in the capital Tripoli (Footage from Libyan TV and amateur sources)  —  Intense violence has been reported in Libya's second city, Benghazi, with troops said to have opened fire again on anti-government protesters.
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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.
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.
John Merline / AOL News:
Opinion: What Does Government Do? … Pop quiz.  What's the biggest single job the federal government undertakes?  —  National defense?  Nope.  —  Homeland security?  Wrong.  —  Transportation?  Not even close.  —  Law enforcement?  No way.  —  Education?  Getting colder.  —  Foreign aid?
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.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Rick Piltz / Climate Science Watch:
House votes 244-179 to kill U.S. funding of IPCC  —  Just before 2 a.m. on February 19, the war on climate science showed its grip on the U.S. House of Representatives as it voted to eliminate U.S. funding for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  The Republican majority …
Randy Wyrick / Vail Daily:
Michelle Obama in Vail for weekend  —  VAIL, Colorado — First lady Michelle Obama is among the Presidents Day weekend crowd.  —  Obama arrived Friday night for a weekend of skiing in Vail and Beaver Creek, according to local sources.  —  A motorcade of about a dozen vehicles …
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
Will the hunger strike in Venezuela lead to another Egypt?  #OperacionLibertad #HuelgaDeHambre  —  While the US goes broke and the Middle East bursts in riots, students have gone on hunger strike in Venezuela protesting human rights conditions in the country.
 
 
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Organizing recall in Wisconsin
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