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8:25 AM ET, February 22, 2011


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Sky News Australia:
Cleric orders Gaddafi killed  —  Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi should do so ‘to rid Libya of him.’  —  'Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Gaddafi should do so …
Libya defectors: Pilots told to bomb protesters flee to Malta  —  As Muammar Gadaffi's ambassadors and most of Libya's UN mission resign, two air force pilots escape rather than obey orders  —  Two high-ranking Libyan air force pilots have who fled to Malta in their aircraft are reported …
Discussion: Reuters, Sense of Events and Truthdig
Laura Rozen / The Politico:   Among Libya's lobbyists
Daily Mail:
On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight
Libya in crisis - live updates
a No-Fly zone over Libya NOW
Discussion: Dean's World and Guardian
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Rasmussen Poll on Wisconsin Dispute May Be Biased  —  We've noted before that the automated polling firm Rasmussen Reports has had problems with bias in a statistical sense: in the election last fall, its polls overestimated the standing of Republican candidates by roughly 4 percentage points on average.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Billionaire Brothers' Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute  —  WASHINGTON — Among the thousands of demonstrators who jammed the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds this weekend was a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.
Discussion: CBS News and New York Magazine
Rasmussen Reports:
48% Back GOP Governor in Wisconsin Spat, 38% Side With Unions
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Wisconsin, the gap widens between GOP and Dems  —  “They've painted themselves in a corner,” Wisconsin Republican state senator Randy Hopper says of his Democratic colleagues.  “There's no way for them to get out of it.”  —  Democratic senators last week fled Wisconsin rather than allow …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Big News Out of Madison  —  Just a short time ago we brought you word that the state senate Democrats in Wisconsin were worried that the Republicans could manage an end-run and push the union-busting bill through without their being present.  The approach would be to take that stuff out of the budget bill …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Starving Wisconsin's unions  —  Let's be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state's budget.  —  It is about money, though - but only in the sense that money translates into political power.  At this point, it's clear for all to see that Gov …
Ford Vox / The Atlantic Online:
Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for Protesters  —  Fears over becoming hostage to soaring health insurance premiums has Wisconsin's teachers and other public employees protesting in downtown Madison for the second week running.  It's a very real threat to their economic stability …
UW Health investigates doctors who wrote sick notes for protesters
UW Health, University of Wisconsin Hospital …:
Statement Regarding UW Health Physicians
Discussion: USA Today and
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WI State Rep Busted For Sexual Misconduct - Says Charges Are a Distraction From Larger State Issues  —  Now we know what they do when they're not at work...  Wisconsin State Rep. Gordon Hintz told reporters today that his arrest for sexual misconduct is a distraction from larger issues facing the state.
Discussion: The Other McCain
New Zealand Herald:
Deaths in Christchurch quake  —  Did you feel the quake?  —  There have been “multiple fatalities” after a shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch this afternoon caused buildings to collapse, police have confirmed.  —  Police said fatalities had been reported at several locations …
Discussion: New York Times and Pajamas Media
Joe Morgan / Associated Press:
Quake in New Zealand kills at least 65
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
John / Power Line:
Think Stupidity  —  We generally follow Ronald Reagan's injunction to “always fight up, never fight down.”  Consequently, we critique liberal politicians and leading Democratic Party newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post, and rarely pay attention to the left-wing web sites that blight the landscape.
Noel Sheppard /
Wisconsin State Senator Smacks Down Chris Matthews: 'You're Completely Uninformed'  —  MSNBC's Chris Matthews tried Monday to push the liberal media meme that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker exempted police and firefighters from his budget repair plan because their unions endorsed him in last November's election.
Media Matters for America:
Rush: “Dare I Say This: It Doesn't Look Like Michelle Obama Follows Her Own Nutritionary, Dietary Advice”  —  From the February 21 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:  —  Please upgrade your flash player.  The video for this item requires a newer version of Flash Player.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Limbaugh takes aim at Michelle Obama's waistline
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Fox Nation
Cables show China used debt holdings to press US  —  Leaked diplomatic cables vividly show China's willingness to translate its massive holdings of US debt into political influence on issues ranging from Taiwan's sovereignty to Washington's financial policy.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Allen West Confronted by Koran-Wielding CAIR Executive(VIDEO)  —  At a townhall meeting hosted by Congressman Allen West on Monday evening in Pompano Beach, the Q&A segment of the meeting featured a Koran wielding Nezar Hamze, Executive Director of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
New York Times:
Union Bonds in Wisconsin Begin to Fray  —  JANESVILLE, Wis. — Rich Hahan worked at the General Motors plant here until it closed about two years ago.  He moved to Detroit to take another G.M. job while his wife and children stayed here, but then the automaker cut more jobs.
Discussion: The Politico and Balloon Juice
Election Day: Rahm Ahead in Chicago  —  Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama Chief of Staff, seems poised to win the Chicago mayor's race when polls open today.  After defeating legal challenges that sought to throw him off the ballot for living in Washington while he worked for President Obama …
Discussion: FrumForum
Daily Mail:
Four men slashed teacher's face and left him with fractured skull ‘for teaching other religions to Muslim girls’  —  Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Can Emanuel avoid runoff in Chicago?
Jasonhanna / This Just In:
In eastern Libya, citizens buoyant and cautious as they await Gadhafi's move
Discussion: Guardian and FrumForum
Blazing Cat Fur:
The New Normal In Canada: Politicians Attend Mosque That Condones Death To Apostates, Beating Your Wife
Geert Wilders / Wall Street Journal:
European Free Speech Under Attack
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Thers / Whiskey Fire:
Canadians Who Look Like Justin Bieber
Discussion: The Impolitic
Associated Press:
State orders Detroit to close half its schools
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Alex Rose / Delaware County Times:
After stinging loss, Sestak ponders next move
Alana Goodman / Commentary Magazine:
Jewish Funds for Justice Won't Repudiate Soros Statements
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
‘Morning Joe’ makes startling discovery: The media has a liberal bias
Discussion: Nice Deb and Verum Serum
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Muslim group seeking Huckabee apology for ‘infidel’ comments
Discussion: CNBC and Weasel Zippers
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Indiana GOP lines up behind Lugar's primary challenger