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9:25 AM ET, February 21, 2011

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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 …
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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.
BBC:
Libya protests: Gaddafi's son warns of civil war  —  Sayf al-Islam, Colonel Gaddafi's son, appears on Libyan TV and accuses people outside Libya of provoking violence  —  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, Sayf al-Islam, has warned of civil war in the country.
Miguel Marquez / ABCNEWS:
Libya Unrest Spreads as Protesters Takes Cities, Bases
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.”
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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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Fox News:
12K State Workers Could Be Fired Without Budget Deal, Wisconsin Governor Warns  —  Saturday: Protesters gather down State Street in Madison, Wis., after a rally outside the Wisconsin State Capitol.  A few dozen police officers stood between supporters of GOP Gov. Scott Walker on the muddy east lawn …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Protesters in Wisconsin Say They Are Staying Put
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Page
Washington Examiner:
Battle of Wisconsin threatens unions' political might
Meredith Shiner / Reuters:
Protesters, impasse remain in Madison
Discussion: The Politico and Pundit & Pundette
MacIver Institute:
Protesting Teachers Could Reap $6 Million from Taxpayers to Attend Rallies  —  Absent educators may be paid to abandon students and march on the Capitol  —  [Madison, Wisc...] As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned …
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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
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
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 …
M. Amedeo Tumolillo / New York Times:
University of Arizona Sets Up Civility Institute  —  The University of Arizona — whose Tucson campus President Obama used for his nationwide address on civility after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords last month — will announce on Monday that it is establishing an institute …
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Soros: Fox News like Nazis in way it deceives people  —  Last year, it was announced that billionaire George Soros gave his first ever contribution to Media Matters, an organization that puts a specific emphasis on criticizing the Fox News Channel.  Now we may know the reason why Soros has made this donation public.
Tricia Miller / Roll Call:
RNC Surpasses Major Donor Goal Under New Chairman  —  The Republican National Committee raised $5.7 million in January, and new Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday that $3.5 million of the total came in after his election Jan. 14.  —  “We owe a lot of our success to major donors …
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’ …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Does Mike Huckabee still want to be president?
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Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Hamburg defeat for Merkel's CDU
Discussion: National Review and Mercury Rising
Agence France Presse:
US drone kills five militants in NW Pakistan: officials
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
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Jim Vertuno / The Huffington Post:
Texas Poised To Pass Bill Allowing Guns On Campus
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
thenorthwestern.com:
Video: Watch State Rep. Gordon Hintz's speech on Assembly floor Friday night
Irish_Grinder / New York Post:
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