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2:40 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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Republican Turncoats May Sabotage Governor Walker's Budget Cut Plans ...Updated With Contact Info …
Discussion: Da Techguy's Blog
National Review:
Walker Holds His Ground
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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.
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: The Caucus, The Raw Story and GOP 12
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huckabee throws a Mitt fit
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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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
Mike / Rortybomb:
The Less Discussed Part of Walker's Wisconsin Plan: No-Bid Energy Assets Firesales.  —  Have you heard about 16.896?  —  The fight in Wisconsin is over Governor Walker's 144-page Budget Repair Bill.  The parts everyone is focusing on have to do with the right to collectively bargain …
Discussion: FrumForum
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ginandtacos.com:
STAND AND DELIVER  —  The most random thing happened …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
STUCK IN THE WRONG CONVERSATION.... During the hour-long episode of “Meet the Press” yesterday, there was exactly one reference to the U.S. unemployment rate, uttered by former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D).  The word “spending” was used 40 times.  —  The very first sentence of the broadcast …
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 …
MacIver Institute:
UPDATED - Protesting Teachers Could Reap $9 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 …
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 Politico and Hot Air
 
 
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Hartford Courant:
Joe Courtney: Not Running For U.S. Senate
ABCNEWS:
Watch: Mike Huckabee: Obama ‘Tough to Beat’
Discussion: The Hill, New York Magazine and GOP 12
John / Power Line:
The Catastrophic Failure of European Multiculturalism
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Federal, state and local debt hits post-WWII levels
Discussion: protein wisdom
O.Kay Henderson:
Haley Barbour making the rounds in Iowa (audio)
New York Times:
Oil Companies Plan Evacuations From Libya
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New York Times:
The ‘Long War’ May Be Getting Shorter
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
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