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3:05 AM ET, February 21, 2011

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Ian Black / Guardian:
Libya on brink as protests hit Tripoli  —  Muammar Gaddafi's son warns of civil war in state television address as regime tries to halt uprising  —  Muammar Gaddafi's son went on Libyan TV to defend his father's 41-year rule of Libya as protests spread to the capital Tripoli.
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Aljazeera:
Libya clashes spread to Tripoli  —  Clashes between anti-government protesters and Gaddafi supporters escalate as army unit ‘defects’ in Benghazi.  —  Security forces have shot dead scores of protesters in Libya's second largest city, where residents said a military unit had joined their cause.
BBC:
Libya protests: Gaddafi's son warns of civil war
Discussion: Mother Jones and Pajamas Media
Ian Black / Guardian:   Libya protests analysis: 'For Muammar Gaddafi it's kill or be killed'
CNN:
Libyan leader's son proposes major reforms — unless unrest continues
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wisconsin Power Play  —  Last week, in the face of protest demonstrations against Wisconsin's new union-busting governor, Scott Walker — demonstrations that continued through the weekend, with huge crowds on Saturday — Representative Paul Ryan made an unintentionally apt comparison: “It's like Cairo has moved to Madison.”
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Wall Street Journal:
Moderate Wisconsin Republicans Offer Compromise
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Washington Examiner:
Battle of Wisconsin threatens unions' political might
Meredith Shiner / Reuters:
Protesters, impasse remain in Madison
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
Robert Costa / National Review:
Walker: ‘We are willing to take this as long as it takes’
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A View From The Hard Right  —  Don Surber: … Instapundit links to this post also decrying the Egyptian revolt, as an opening for Islamist rule.  Torture-defender Andy McCarthy is also disturbed by Sheikh Qaradawi's return.  (Dish coverage of Qaradawi here, here, and, more skeptically, here.)
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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 …
Associated Press:
Wis. union head calls on teachers to go to work  —  MADISON, Wis. — The head of Wisconsin's powerful teachers' union is calling on educators to return to classrooms Monday and Tuesday rather than continue being absent to protest an anti-union bill at the state Capitol.
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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.......
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Soros: Fox News like Nazis in way it deceives people  —  Last year, it was announced that billionaire George Soros gave his first ever contribution to Media Matters, an organization that puts a specific emphasis on criticizing the Fox News Channel.  Now we may know the reason why Soros has made this donation public.
Guardian:
American held over Lahore shooting was CIA spy  —  • Raymond Davis employed by CIA ‘beyond shadow of doubt’  —  • Former soldier charged with murder over deaths of two men  —  • Davis accused of shooting one man twice in the back as he fled  —  • Special report: A CIA spy and a diplomatic whirlwind
Mark Williams / Mark Williams News & Commentary:
FIGHT THE SEIU WITH TACTIC THEY USE AGAINST US - THIS WEEK!  —  Late Update: Follow the civil discussion by Obamites in the “comments” section below  —  .  —  http://action.seiu.org/page/s/ solidarityaction  —  .  —  That link will take you to an SEIU page where you can sign up as an …
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Marking Davis's Confederate Inauguration  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. — One hundred and fifty years and one day later, the South did it again.  —  Before a cheering crowd of several hundred men and women, some in period costume and others in crisp suits, an amateur actor playing Jefferson Davis …
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 …
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 …
M. Amedeo Tumolillo / New York Times:
University of Arizona Sets Up Civility Institute  —  The University of Arizona — whose Tucson campus President Obama used for his nationwide address on civility after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords last month — will announce on Monday that it is establishing an institute …
Discussion: FrumForum
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Iran Squelches Protest Attempt in Capital  —  Antigovernment protesters gathered throughout parts of Iran on Sunday, most concentrated in the capital Tehran, to mark the deaths of two men killed during demonstrations last Monday.  The government mounted a stultifying security presence in the capital …
 
 
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Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Hamburg defeat for Merkel's CDU
Discussion: Mercury Rising and National Review
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Chinese Security Officials Respond to Call for Protests
Discussion: Hit & Run
The Politico:
Republican governors strike at heart of Democratic Party
Agence France Presse:
US drone kills five militants in NW Pakistan: officials
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Christie adviser mulls PAC
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Don Surber
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Schumer: Republicans ‘clamoring’ for government shutdown
Discussion: The Greenroom and The Hill
Jim Vertuno / The Huffington Post:
Texas Poised To Pass Bill Allowing Guns On Campus
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
This Just In ...  President Obama is not a foreigner.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and National Review
thenorthwestern.com:
Video: Watch State Rep. Gordon Hintz's speech on Assembly floor Friday night
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
GOP's Idea of Fiscal Responsibility: Cutting The President's Teleprompter, Decorating Budget
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Labor Unions and Me  —  Ezra Klein's weekend question: “Almost forgot!
Discussion: American Power and L'Hôte
Kjtorrance / Weekly Standard:
A Historic Flood of Red Ink
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
BREAKING: Andrew Breitbart Contracts “Walker Pneumonia” In Madison, Wisconsin!
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Lugar opposes House budget bill
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Stars and Sewers  —  Rarely have we seen such epic clashes between …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Prairie Weather