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4:15 PM 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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Rasmussen Reports:
48% Back GOP Governor in Wisconsin Spat, 38% Side With Unions  —  A sizable number of voters are following new Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's showdown with unionized public employees in his state, and nearly half side with the governor.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
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.”
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker's Union-Busting Campaign  —  Over 68,000 people have mobilized in Madison and progressive organizers are planning solidarity efforts across the country to denounce Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) radical attempt to bust Wisconsin's public sector unions.
The Politico:
Labor faces a moment of truth
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Reuters
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   On Wisconsin, cont'd  —  Maggie Haberman and I reported today …
JSOnline:
GOP may bring voter ID to a vote in Dems' absence
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Hill
Daily Mail:
On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight  —  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.
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New York Times:
Warplanes and Militia Fire on Protesters in Libyan Capital  —  CAIRO — The faltering government of the Libyan strongman Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi struck back at mounting protests against his 40-year rule, as helicopters and warplanes besieged parts of the capital Monday, according to witnesses and news reports from Tripoli.
Aljazeera:
Libya protests spread and intensify
Discussion: FP Passport, beyondbrics and FrumForum
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela denies Libya's Gaddafi en route
Discussion: Pundit Press
Haaretz:
Report: Libya air force bombs protesters heading for army base
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: The Raw Story, The Caucus and GOP 12
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huckabee throws a Mitt fit  —  Mike Huckabee may be especially tempted to run in 2012 by a lingering feud between him and Mitt Romney, a severe hangover from the 2008 campaign that has created a lasting and bitter rift between the two, Republicans who know both men say.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Mike Huckabee: President Obama ‘Tough to Beat’ in 2012, Birther Issue Is ‘Nonsense’
Vail Daily:
First lady hits the slopes  —  Michelle Obama enjoys fresh veggies at Restaurant Kelly Liken  —  Daily staff report newsroom@vaildaily.com  —  VAIL — First lady Michelle Obama enjoyed locally grown fare at a Vail restaurant Saturday night before hitting the slopes of Vail Mountain early Sunday.
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Obama accused of ‘double standards’ …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From '08 to '10  —  Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, D.C. most Democratic; Wyoming, Utah most Republican  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup's analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14).
Discussion: The Raw Story, The Politico and Hot Air
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The Note:
Gallup Finds Fewer Americans Identify Themselves As Democrats
Discussion: FrumForum
New York Times:
American Held in Pakistan Shootings Worked With the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, C.I.A.-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.
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Wall Street Journal:
American Held in Pakistan Worked for CIA
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Guardian and Emptywheel
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Oops: White House, DNC disavow involvement with #WIunion protests but Twitter busts 'em cold @ByronYork  —  The unofficial public relations arm of the Obama administration reports that the White House and the DNC really had nothing at all to do with the public service union protests in Madison.
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Wisconsin Puts Obama Between Competing Desires
Daily Mail:
Stripped, punched and whipped with flag poles: Full horror of Lara Logan's attack emerges  —  More details have emerged of Lara Logan's terrifying ordeal at the hands of a frenzied mob.  —  The 39-year-old foreign correspondent for CBS News show 60 Minutes was separated from her film crew …
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Like any aspiring filmmaker, Michael McDonald, a high school senior, used a blog to show off his videos.  But discouraged by how few people bothered to visit, he instead started posting his clips on Facebook …
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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Another misleading story reports that blogs ‘r’ dead
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
In Rhode Island, Mayor Is Demoted to Adviser  —  CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — These are trying times for the people of Central Falls, a city so close to fiscal collapse that the state seized control of City Hall last summer.  Taxes have risen nearly 20 percent to help solve the immediate crisis …
Associated Press:
Wis. Democrat worries vote on union bill could  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 1 of the 14 Democratic state senators that fled Wisconsin rather than vote on a bill taking away collective bargaining rights says he fears Republicans may find a way to vote on a key part of the measure without them.
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Tea Party is winning  —  Take five steps back and consider the nature of the political conversation in our nation's capital.  You would never know that it's taking place at a moment when unemployment is still at 9 percent, when wages for so many people are stagnating at best …
 
 
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