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5:35 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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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 …
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.”
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Republican Turncoats May Sabotage Governor Walker's Budget Cut Plans ...Updated With Contact Info ...Update: WI GOP Senators to Stand With Walker  —  Good grief...  Don't look now but Wisconsin Republican Senators are getting wobbly.  —  Republican Senator Dale Schultz is ready to bail on Governor Scott Walker.
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
How John Birch Society Extremism Never Dies: The Fortune Behind Scott Walker's Union-Busting Campaign  —  Over 68,000 people have mobilized in Madison and progressive organizers are planning solidarity efforts across the country to denounce Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) radical attempt to bust Wisconsin's public sector unions.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On Wisconsin, cont'd  —  Maggie Haberman and I reported today that many national labor leaders are quietly wringing their hands about the Wisconsin confrontation.  —  One who's not is the executive director of the combative National Nurses Association, RoseAnn DeMoro, who emails:
The Politico:
Labor faces a moment of truth
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Reuters
JSOnline:
Union leader says National Guard has toured prison
Discussion: PostPartisan and The Hill
ginandtacos.com:
STAND AND DELIVER  —  The most random thing happened …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Mike / Rortybomb:
The Less Discussed Part of Walker's Wisconsin Plan: No-Bid Energy Assets Firesales.
Discussion: FrumForum
Daily Mail:
On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight  —  Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.
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New York Times:
Warplanes and Militia Besiege Protesters in Libyan Capital  —  CAIRO — The faltering government of the Libyan strongman Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi struck back at mounting protests against his 40-year rule, as helicopters and warplanes besieged parts of the capital Monday, according to witnesses and news reports from Tripoli.
Aljazeera:
Libya protests spread and intensify
Frank Jack Daniel / Reuters:
Venezuela denies Libya's Gaddafi en route
Discussion: Pundit Press
Haaretz:
Report: Libya air force bombs protesters heading for army base
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.
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Mike Huckabee: President Obama ‘Tough to Beat’ in 2012, Birther Issue Is ‘Nonsense’
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huckabee lays out criteria for ‘intense process’ of deciding on 2012 run
Discussion: CNN, GOP 12 and TPMDC
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.
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Obama accused of ‘double standards’ …
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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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).
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The Note:
Gallup Finds Fewer Americans Identify Themselves As Democrats
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
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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 …
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
Discussion: Eschaton
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Indiana GOP lines up behind Lugar's primary challenger  —  Indiana State TreasurerRichard Mourdock will launch his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on Tuesday with the support of a majority of both the state's 92 Republican county chairmen and its state party executive committee, he told the Fix in a recent interview.
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
In Rhode Island, Mayor Is Demoted to Adviser  —  CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — These are trying times for the people of Central Falls, a city so close to fiscal collapse that the state seized control of City Hall last summer.  Taxes have risen nearly 20 percent to help solve the immediate crisis …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Oil Companies Plan Evacuations From Libya
Discussion: Firedoglake, FrumForum and Muckety
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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New York Times:
The ‘Long War’ May Be Getting Shorter
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
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Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Pajamas Media