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7:20 PM ET, February 20, 2011

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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 …
Meredith Shiner / Reuters:   Protesters, impasse remain in Madison
Robert Costa / National Review:   Walker: ‘We are willing to take this as long as it takes’
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 protests spread to Tripoli amid rising death toll  —  Reports of clashes in Libyan capital, with protesters said to be preparing to march on Gaddafi's compound  —  Libya is defying international condemnation of a bloody crackdown that saw troops and mercenaries shooting unarmed demonstrators …
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 …
Aljazeera:
Libya unrest death toll ‘tops 200’
Sarah El Deeb / Associated Press:
Libyan forces fire on mourners at funeral again
CNN:
Clashes erupt at Libyan funeral procession, military camp
News: News blog:
Arab and Middle East protests - live
Discussion: Guardian and Truthdig
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.......
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Dana Pico / Common Sense Political Thought:
The students at Columbia University have an absolute right to express their opinions . . .  . . . and so do I: some of them are worth less than the remnants of dinner I flushed down the toilet this morning.  From the … More at the link.  —  Columbia University is a private school …
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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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   Schumer: Republicans ‘clamoring’ for government shutdown
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Schumer: GOP puts Congress on course for inevitable shutdown
Discussion: The Greenroom and CNN
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ryan: Any short-term funding bill will have to include spending cuts
Discussion: The Politico
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: Balloon Juice, Vox Popoli and FrumForum
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Yuppie Revolution In Egypt Is Over, The Islamist Revolution Has Begun  —  When it came to overthrowing Hosni Mubarek, the western media thrust itself into the situation and portrayed the uprising as a western-style demand for freedom.  —  The television screens were filled with stories …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and PoliPundit.com
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: American Power and L'Hôte
Anchorage Daily News:
Former aide rips Palin in leaked book manuscript  —  UNPUBLISHED: Former governor broke election law, Bailey alleges.  —  A leaked manuscript by one of Sarah Palin's closest aides from her time as governor charges that Palin broke state election law in her 2006 gubernatorial campaign …
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.
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
 
 
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New York Times:
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Discussion: JustOneMinute and National Review
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Administration treads carefully on Libya, Bahrain pro-democracy protest violence
Discussion: The Politico
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Rumsfeld blasts Obama's world image
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu / Arutz Sheva:
New Bid to Remove De Facto Freeze on Jews in Judea and Samaria
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Denise Dick / Vindicator:
Facebook remark wasn't racist, Hagan says
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