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10:10 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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Ian Black / Guardian:
Libya on the 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.
New York Times:
Qaddafi's Son Warns of Civil War as Libyan Protests Widen  —  CAIRO — The son of the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, warned in a nationally televised address early on Monday that continued anti-government protests could lead to a civil war.  —  The son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi …
Aljazeera:
Libya clashes spread to Tripoli
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
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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Washington Examiner:
Battle of Wisconsin threatens unions' political might  —  Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker - elected last November along with GOP majorities in both chambers of the state's legislature — wants his state's public employees to contribute half the cost of their pensions …
Robert Costa / National Review:   Walker: ‘We are willing to take this as long as it takes’
Meredith Shiner / Reuters:
Protesters, impasse remain in Madison
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Agence France Presse:
US drone kills five militants in NW Pakistan: officials  —  PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A US drone attack late on Sunday killed at least five militants in northwest Pakistan's lawless South Waziristan tribal district, officials said.  —  The drone strike was the first since a US gunman shot …
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.
 
 
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Chinese Security Officials Respond to Call for Protests
The Politico:
Republican governors strike at heart of Democratic Party
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Christie adviser mulls PAC
Discussion: Don Surber and The Daily Caller
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
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
New York Times:
This Just In ...  President Obama is not a foreigner.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and National Review
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
GOP's Idea of Fiscal Responsibility: Cutting The President's Teleprompter, Decorating Budget
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Kjtorrance / Weekly Standard:
A Historic Flood of Red Ink
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Jen DiMascio / The Politico:
Rumsfeld blasts Obama's world image
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Denise Dick / Vindicator:
Facebook remark wasn't racist, Hagan says
Discussion: RedState