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12:10 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.”
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.
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 …
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.
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Oops: White House, DNC disavow involvement with #WIunion protests but Twitter busts 'em cold @ByronYork
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and NewsReal Blog
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?
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and George's Bottom Line
Andy Stern / The Daily Beast:
Wisconsin Union Fight Is Really a 15-State GOP Power Grab
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Protesters in Wisconsin Say They Are Staying Put
Tina Korbe / The Foundry:
VIDEO: Myths vs. Facts of the Wisconsin Union Protest
Discussion: Big Government and The Awl
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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.
New York Times:
Qaddafi's Grip on Power Seems to Ebb as Forces Retreat
Miguel Marquez / ABCNEWS:
Libya Anti-Government Protests Spreading as Death Toll Rises
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
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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 Caucus and The Raw Story
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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 …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Leader Of Egyptian Unions To Wisconsin Protesters: ‘We Stand With You As You Stood With Us’
Discussion: Firedoglake and National Review
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.
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: TalkLeft, Power Line and Balloon Juice
Glenn Blain / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo speech drowned out with City Councilman Charles Barron-led yells of ‘Tax the rich!’  —  ALBANY - Gov. Cuomo's speech on Sunday night to the Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators was interrupted with chants of “Tax the rich!” led by City Councilman Charles Barron.
 
 
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
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Newsweek:
Sale of the Century  —  The deficit debate remains fixed …
Discussion: National Review
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
After Wisconsin, How Do Democrats Argue Against a GOP Government Shutdown?
Discussion: The Greenroom and The Hill
Jeremy Page / Wall Street Journal:
Call for Protests Unnerves China
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