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9:30 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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Washington Examiner:
Battle of Wisconsin threatens unions' political might
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Schumer: Republicans ‘clamoring’ for government shutdown  —  Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York criticized Republican demands to cut spending in a short-term spending resolution that would continue funding the government while negotiations persist on a longer-term plan.
Discussion: The Hill and The Greenroom
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.
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
 
 
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