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10:50 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.”
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.
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
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
After Wisconsin, How Do Democrats Argue Against a GOP Government Shutdown?
Discussion: The Greenroom
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
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.
Miguel Marquez / ABCNEWS:
Libya Unrest Spreads as Protesters Takes Cities, Bases
Discussion: Hot Air
Ian Black / Guardian:
Libya protests analysis: 'For Muammar Gaddafi it's kill or be killed'
Ian Black / Guardian:
Libya on brink as protests hit Tripoli
Aljazeera:
Libya clashes spread to Tripoli
Aljazeera:
Uprising flares in Libyan city
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 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
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Balloon Juice
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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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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
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.)
 
 
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Newsweek:
Sale of the Century  —  The deficit debate remains fixed …
Discussion: National Review
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
Call for Protests Unnerves China
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Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Hamburg defeat for Merkel's CDU
Discussion: National Review and Mercury Rising
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