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7:00 PM ET, February 22, 2011


 Top Items: 
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Poll: 61% oppose limits on union bargaining power  —  The public strongly opposes laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions as a way to ease state financial troubles, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.  —  The poll found that 61% would oppose a law …
Is Scott Walker Cutting Off Internet Access To Thwart Protesters?  —  Our guest blogger is Mike Elk, a freelance labor journalist and third generation union organizer based in Washington, D.C. You can follow him for more updates on Wisconsin on twitter at @MikeElk.
Discussion: Defend Wisconsin and Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What Did Walker Campaign On?  —  Last night, I heard on Fox News from Stephen Hayes that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker had run on a platform to end collective bargaining rights for public sector unions.  I can find no evidence of this in the public record.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Make Everybody Hurt  —  Over the past few weeks we've begun …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Contractortopia  —  I understand and, indeed, agree with the argument …
Discussion: National Review
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Government pensions, an obesity epidemic
Discussion: Yglesias, Hot Air and National Review
BooMan / Booman Tribune:   Wanker of the Day: Richard Cohen
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Billionaire Brothers' Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute
Ezra Klein:
Why do unions care about Medicaid?
Peter Schorsch / Saint Petersblog:
Gov. Rick Scott says state shouldn't move to take away collective bargaining rights
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Indianapolis Star:
Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation  —  House Democrats are leaving the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation, The Indianapolis Star has learned.  —  A source said Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky.
Indianapolis Star:
3:40 PM — Governor says time to dump labor bill  —  Gov. Mitch Daniels signaled this afternoon that Republicans should drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures.  —  Daniels told reporters this afternoon …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Mitch Daniels: Indiana Republicans Should Drop the Right to Work Bill  —  Color me extremely disappointed with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels right now: … If the Indiana House Democrats get what they want through this tactic, what's to prevent them from using it again and again every time they think they'll lose on a big issue?
News Item:
› - Statement from John and Kimberley Thune  —  For months now, my wife Kimberley and I have received encouragement from family, friends, colleagues, and supporters from across South Dakota and the country to run for the presidency of the United States.
The Politico:
Thune out  —  John Thune isn't running for president.
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Harry Reid: ‘The time has come for us to outlaw prostitution’  —  Left: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.  Right: Northern Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof tries to battle threats to his industry on Tuesday in Carson City.
Henry Brean / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid urges Nevada to outlaw prostitution
The Politico:
Ex-aide's book paints harsh portrait of Sarah Palin  —  A new memoir from an embittered former aide to Sarah Palin includes a trove of emails that vividly illustrate her intense focus on image and depiction in the media.  —  The emails, apparently from the former Alaska governor …
Jack Stuef / Wonkette:
Sarah Palin Has Secret ‘Lou Sarah’ Facebook Account To Praise Other Sarah Palin Facebook Account  —  Sarah Palin has apparently created a second Facebook account with her Gmail address so that this fake “Lou Sarah” person can praise the other Sarah Palin on Facebook.
Paul Wolfowitz / Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Can Help Libyans Defeat Gadhafi
CBS News:
4 Americans on hijacked yacht dead off Somalia  —  U.S. Navy warship shadowing seized vessel takes action after gunshots are heard; 4 hostages apparently killed by captors, some pirates dead  —  The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead.
Madison Labor Group Prepares For General Strike  —  Group Says It Needs To Educate Public First  —  MADISON, Wis. — If Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators pass a union bill that restricts collective bargaining rights, some labor groups in Madison said they would endorse the entire …
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
BREAKING PHOTOS!!  Wisconsin “Fleebagger” Spotted In Illinois UPDATE: Police Called To “Fleebag” Hotel  —  Spotted in the wild, south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border!  —  More details coming.  —  UPDATE: Is this Chris Larson?  —  UPDATE: We are receiving reports that the police …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The church lady says the WI protesters are a Bizarro Tea Party
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can't Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest  —  ( - Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education …
Mother Jones:
It's the Inequality, Stupid  —  Post Comment  —  HOW RICH ARE THE SUPERRICH? … WINNERS TAKE ALL  —  The superrich have grabbed the bulk of the past three decades' gains.  —  OUT OF BALANCE
Jerry Sullivan / Buffalo News:
Tea party may fight GOP over Lee's seat  —  Tea party activists, slumbering since last fall's gubernatorial election, may be awakening and ready to challenge the Republican process for choosing a successor to Christopher J. Lee in the 26th Congressional District.
Julie Hayden / KDVR:
Online Poll - Drawing Arrest … - HOT TOPICS - Carmelo Trade - Boy Arrested Over Drawing - Find Low Gas Prices - Libya Violence - E-470 Crash - ‘Heaven Is Real’
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
A Godzilla v. Mothra Moment
Discussion: TPMDC
Stephen Largen / Spartanburg Herald-Journal:
Santorum visits Spartanburg, sounds alarm about health care reform
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
Kim Smith / Arizona Daily Star:
Forde gets death sentence in killing of girl, dad
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Paradigm Shift on Gay Marriage in Evidence in Rhode Island
Discussion: Public Policy Polling and Eschaton
Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest-WSJ
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Thousands Gather to Protest Bill in Ohio
Discussion: Seeing the Forest, AOL News and Salon
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Obama to nominate Dan Shapiro to be envoy to Israel
Bob Bowdon / The Huffington Post:
Why Has Google Been Collecting Kids' Social Security Numbers?
Discussion: New York Magazine
Lauraklairmont / CNN:
Emanuel takes aim at Wisconsin governor
Discussion: USA Today and The Politico
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin Is Really About
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
New York's Little Italy, Littler by the Year
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Joe. My. God.