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10:35 AM ET, February 22, 2011


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Noel Sheppard /
Wisconsin State Senator Smacks Down Chris Matthews: 'You're Completely Uninformed'  —  MSNBC's Chris Matthews tried Monday to push the liberal media meme that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker exempted police and firefighters from his budget repair plan because their unions endorsed him in last November's election.
New York Times:
Union Bonds in Wisconsin Begin to Fray  —  JANESVILLE, Wis. — Rich Hahan worked at the General Motors plant here until it closed about two years ago.  He moved to Detroit to take another G.M. job while his wife and children stayed here, but then the automaker cut more jobs.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Rasmussen Poll on Wisconsin Dispute May Be Biased  —  We've noted before that the automated polling firm Rasmussen Reports has had problems with bias in a statistical sense: in the election last fall, its polls overestimated the standing of Republican candidates by roughly 4 percentage points on average.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In Wisconsin, the gap widens between GOP and Dems  —  “They've painted themselves in a corner,” Wisconsin Republican state senator Randy Hopper says of his Democratic colleagues.  “There's no way for them to get out of it.”  —  Democratic senators last week fled Wisconsin rather than allow …
Discussion: theblogprof and FrumForum
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Billionaire Brothers' Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute  —  WASHINGTON — Among the thousands of demonstrators who jammed the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds this weekend was a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:   Starving Wisconsin's unions
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Out of Wisconsin, a lesson in leadership for Obama
Wall Street Journal:
Political Fight Over Unions Escalates
Discussion: Classical Values and The Politico
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices
Discussion: The Agonist
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Exclusive: Troopers would ‘absolutely’ use force on Wisc. protesters if ordered, police union president tells Raw
Discussion: blue cheddar, CBS News and WISC-TV
Sky News Australia:
Cleric orders Gaddafi killed  —  Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi should do so ‘to rid Libya of him.’  —  'Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Gaddafi should do so …
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi appears on state TV  —  Col Gaddafi signalled his defiance over a mounting a revolt against his rule  —  Libya's leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, has dismissed reports that he had fled amid the unrest sweeping the country, calling foreign news channels “dogs”.
‘Tripoli Is Burning’: Libyan Ambassador to U.S. Appeals for Help As Violence Escalates  —  Gadhafi Claims He's Still in Control, Says He's Not Going Anywhere  —  Libya's ambassador to the United States described a brutal scene playing out in the streets of Tripoli, where government supporters …
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.
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
New Zealand earthquake: 65 dead in Christchurch  —  Eyewitness Tania Galbraith: “The whole building began to shake and it just wouldn't stop”  —  New Zealand's prime minister says at least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch.
Discussion: The Page
At least 65 dead in New Zealand quake
Discussion: Mediaite
New Zealand Herald:
Deaths in Christchurch quake
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WI State Rep Busted For Sexual Misconduct - Says Charges Are a Distraction From Larger State Issues  —  Now we know what they do when they're not at work...  Wisconsin State Rep. Gordon Hintz told reporters today that his arrest for sexual misconduct is a distraction from larger issues facing the state.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and The Other McCain
Kevinliptak / CNN:
House Republicans and Senate Democrats in talks to avoid government shutdown  —  Washington (CNN) - With funding for the federal government set to expire in less than two weeks, Senate Democrats and House Republicans are in discussions to avoid a government shutdown, a Senate Democratic leadership source told CNN.
The Politico:
How a government shutdown could happen
Discussion: White House Dossier
John / Power Line:
Think Stupidity  —  We generally follow Ronald Reagan's injunction to “always fight up, never fight down.”  Consequently, we critique liberal politicians and leading Democratic Party newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post, and rarely pay attention to the left-wing web sites that blight the landscape.
Andrew Solomon / News Desk:
How Qaddafi Lost Libya  —  It seemed unlikely that Libya, sandwiched between regime collapse in Tunisia and regime collapse in Egypt, could be untouched by the movement.  Qaddafi has had dominion over an increasingly malcontent country, and the citizens have been increasingly disgusted …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I receive a threat: “whoever video taped this has no life and needs to be shot in the head.”  —  That's a comment on my YouTube video about the salt trucks that circled the Wisconsin Capitol yesterday, blowing horns, apparently in support of the protesters.  (I blogged the video here.)
Discussion: BizzyBlog, Pajamas Media and alicublog
Daily Mail:
Four men slashed teacher's face and left him with fractured skull ‘for teaching other religions to Muslim girls’  —  Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls.
Election Day: Rahm Ahead in Chicago  —  Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama Chief of Staff, seems poised to win the Chicago mayor's race when polls open today.  After defeating legal challenges that sought to throw him off the ballot for living in Washington while he worked for President Obama …
Discussion: FrumForum
Kevin Bohn / CNN:   Rahm Emanuel waits as Chicago votes
Jennifer Chambers / Detroit News:
Michigan orders DPS to make huge cuts  —  Bobb told to consolidate services, close half of schools to end deficit  —  Lansing— Swift and severe changes are coming to Detroit Public Schools.  —  State education officials have ordered Robert Bobb to immediately implement a financial restructuring plan …
Ford Vox / The Atlantic Online:
Wisconsin's Real Doctors and Their Fake Sick Notes for Protesters  —  Fears over becoming hostage to soaring health insurance premiums has Wisconsin's teachers and other public employees protesting in downtown Madison for the second week running.  It's a very real threat to their economic stability …
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Rep. Charlie Rangel offers annual tax tips despite ethics violations, failing to declare income  —  Rep. Charlie Rangel isn't backing down from anything after his censure by the House last year — including offering tax advice.  —  Among the ethics violations for which the Harlem Democrat …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Scott Brown says, 'I'm not a Tea Party member,' welcomes GOP primary  —  “You're talking about being an ideologue?  If you're looking for one, I'm not it,” said Sen. Scott Brown.  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said he doesn't consider himself a member of the Tea Party movement and would welcome any primary challenger.
Discussion: The Politico
Celia W. Dugger / New York Times:
Arrests in Zimbabwe for Seeing Videos  —  JOHANNESBURG — Dozens of students, trade unionists and political activists who gathered to watch Al Jazeera and BBC news reports on the uprisings that brought down autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
Cables show China used debt holdings to press US  —  Leaked diplomatic cables vividly show China's willingness to translate its massive holdings of US debt into political influence on issues ranging from Taiwan's sovereignty to Washington's financial policy.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Among Libya's lobbyists  —  As several Libyan diplomats Monday denounced their country's four-decade ruler Col. Muammar Qadhafi for unleashing the army against anti-government protesters, U.S. consultancies that have worked to burnish Libya's and Qadhafi's U.S. image were laying low.
Discussion: Harry's Place and Gawker
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James Slack / Daily Mail:
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New York Times:
Qaddafi's Grip Falters as His Forces Take On Protesters
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In eastern Libya, citizens buoyant and cautious as they await Gadhafi's move
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Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
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