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10:05 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
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.)
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Obama accused of ‘double standards’ as family are pictured skiing... just days after telling Americans to sacrifice their own holidays  —  President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
 
 
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Hamburg defeat for Merkel's CDU
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Texas Poised To Pass Bill Allowing Guns On Campus
Discussion: The Raw Story and Left Coast Rebel
thenorthwestern.com:
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