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10:00 AM ET, February 21, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Moderate Wisconsin Republicans Offer Compromise  —  With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintaining a hard line on his budget bill and Democratic senators refusing to return to Madison to vote, attention is turning to a group of moderate Republican senators to negotiate a compromise to the stalemate …
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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.”
New York Times:
As Republicans See a Mandate on Budget Cuts, Others See Risk  —  WASHINGTON — In Congress and in statehouses, Republican lawmakers and governors are claiming a broad mandate from last year's elections as they embark on an aggressive campaign of cutting government spending and taking on public unions.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Wisconsin Puts Obama Between Competing Desires  —  WASHINGTON — The battle in Wisconsin over public employee unions has left President Obama facing a tricky balance between showing solidarity with longtime political supporters and projecting a message in favor of deep spending cuts to reduce the debt.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Protesters in Wisconsin Say They Are Staying Put
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Page
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
After Wisconsin, How Do Democrats Argue Against a GOP Government Shutdown?
Discussion: The Greenroom
Washington Examiner:
Battle of Wisconsin threatens unions' political might
BBC:
Libya protests: Col Gaddafi under mounting pressure  —  Col Muammar Gaddafi's regime is under pressure amid unprecedented protests in the Libyan capital and defections by senior diplomats.  —  Protesters out on the streets of Tripoli late on Sunday were met by security forces using live ammunition and tear gas.
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Miguel Marquez / ABCNEWS:
Libya Unrest Spreads as Protesters Takes Cities, Bases  —  EU Foreign Ministers Prepare to Possibly to Evacuate Citizens; More Than 200 Killed  —  Despite a brutal crackdown over the weekend, unrest is growing in Libya as anti-government protesters seized military bases and demonstrations spread …
Discussion: Hot Air
hrw.org:
Death Toll Up to At Least 233  —  The estimated death toll from four days of protests in cities across Libya has risen to at least 233 according to information from hospital sources in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today.  From Benghazi, staff at Al Jalaa hospital said they recorded 50 dead on February 20 …
Ian Black / Guardian:
Libya on brink as protests hit Tripoli
Aljazeera:
Libya clashes spread to Tripoli
Guardian:
Libya on the brink as protests hit Tripoli
Aljazeera:
Uprising flares in Libyan city
Ian Black / Guardian:
Libya protests analysis: 'For Muammar Gaddafi it's kill or be killed'
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president?  —  IN NEW YORK — Anyone who thinks presidential ambition is an incurable condition hasn't spent much time lately with Mike Huckabee.  —  The man who came in second in the 2008 GOP primary isn't exactly ruling out another run in 2012.
Discussion: GOP 12
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huckabee throws a Mitt fit
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and The Page
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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 …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Tea Party is winning
Discussion: Power Line and Balloon Juice
Michael Moore:
‘We Stand With You as You Stood With Us’: Statement to Workers of Wisconsin by Kamal Abbas of Egypt's Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services  —  About Kamal Abbas and the Centre for Trade Unions and Workers Services:  —  Kamal Abbas is General Coordinator of the CTUWS …
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.)
Guardian:
US official in Lahore deaths 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
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 …
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
Call for Protests Unnerves China  —  BEIJING—Chinese authorities detained dozens of political activists after an anonymous online call for people to start a “Jasmine Revolution” in China by protesting in 13 cities—just a day after President Hu Jintao called for tighter Internet controls to help prevent social unrest.
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Chinese Security Officials Respond to Call for Protests
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Obama accused of ‘double standards’ …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tricia Miller / Roll Call:
RNC Surpasses Major Donor Goal Under New Chairman
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Hamburg defeat for Merkel's CDU
Discussion: National Review and Mercury Rising
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US drone kills five militants in NW Pakistan: officials
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Schumer: Republicans ‘clamoring’ for government shutdown
thenorthwestern.com:
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Irish_Grinder / New York Post:
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