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1:50 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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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.
National Review:
Walker Holds His Ground
ginandtacos.com:
STAND AND DELIVER  —  The most random thing happened …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
JSOnline:
Budget stalemate enters second week
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Hill
Mike / Rortybomb:
The Less Discussed Part of Walker's Wisconsin Plan: No-Bid Energy Assets Firesales.
Discussion: FrumForum
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New York Times:
Qaddafi's Grip on Power Seems to Ebb as Forces Retreat  —  CAIRO — The 40-year-rule of Libyan strongman Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi appeared to teeter Monday as his security forces retreated to a few buildings in the Libyan capital of Tripoli where fires burned unchecked, senior government officials …
Haaretz:
Report: Libya air force bombs protesters heading for army base
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 …
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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.
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.
The Politico:
Labor faces a moment of truth
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Reuters
The Note:
The Note: Threading The Needle: How Far Is Too Far On Spending Cuts?
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, The Raw Story and The Caucus
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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.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and The Page
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Mike Huckabee: President Obama ‘Tough to Beat’ in 2012, Birther Issue Is ‘Nonsense’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and FrumForum
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.
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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.
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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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Another misleading story reports that blogs ‘r’ dead  —  The technology press has been keen on the “blogging is dead” (or “dying") meme for some time now, but it's tough to find actual data or evidence supporting the notion.  Blogging, of course, is changing; in the digital world, all is flux.
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Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter
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 …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Scott Brown: Republicans don't want government shutdown in cuts standoff  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said Monday that he does not believe Republicans want a government shutdown, but that both parties need to come together to tackle the nation's deficit problems.
Discussion: Cubachi and FrumForum
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Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
After Wisconsin, How Do Democrats Argue Against a GOP Government Shutdown?
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
National Institute for Civil Discourse to open at University of Arizona  —  Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush will serve as honorary chairmen of a new center at the University of Arizona that will focus on civility in political debate, university officials will announce Monday.
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O.Kay Henderson:
Haley Barbour making the rounds in Iowa (audio)
New York Times:
Oil Companies Plan Evacuations From Libya
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Increased U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan killing few high-value militants
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
TV review: MSNBC's ‘President of the World,’ basking in Bill Clinton's afterglow
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Feds Gave $669.6 Million to Wisconsin Public Schools—More Than 20 Times What Proposed State Cuts Would Save
Newsweek:
Sale of the Century  —  The deficit debate remains fixed …
Discussion: National Review