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6:00 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
David Brooks / New York Times:
Make Everybody Hurt  —  Over the past few weeks we've begun to see the new contours of American politics.  The budget cutters have taken control of the agenda, while government's defenders are waging tactical retreats.  Given the scope of the fiscal problems, it could be like this for the next 10 or 20 years.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What Did Walker Campaign On?  —  Last night, I heard on Fox News …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Firedoglake
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Government pensions, an obesity epidemic
Discussion: Yglesias, Hot Air and National Review
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Billionaire Brothers' Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute
BooMan / Booman Tribune:
Wanker of the Day: Richard Cohen
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
George Will's Dishonest Assault On Unions
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Harry Reid spending bill exposes deep divide with John Boehner
Discussion: The Note and CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
In challenge to Senate, House GOP drafting spending bill with cuts
Discussion: National Review and FrumForum
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.
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 …
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live Blog - Libya Feb 22  —  on February 22nd, 2011.  —  Alleged mercenaries deployed by Gaddafi in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.  —  As the uprising in Libya enters its ninth day, we keep you updated on the developing situation from our headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Robert Baer / Time:
Gaddafi's Next Move: Sabotage Oil and Sow Chaos?
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’
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box, CNN and RedState
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New York Times:
Bahrain Protesters' Calls for Unity Belie Divisions
Discussion: FrumForum
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Contractortopia  —  I understand and, indeed, agree with the argument …
Discussion: National Review
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The church lady says the WI protesters are a Bizarro Tea Party
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest-WSJ
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Thousands Gather to Protest Bill in Ohio
Discussion: AOL News and Salon
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Obama to nominate Dan Shapiro to be envoy to Israel
 Earlier Items: 
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
New York's Little Italy, Littler by the Year
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Joe. My. God.
New York Times:
Chaos Grows in Libya; Defiant Qaddafi Vows to Fight On
Daily Mail:
Four men slashed teacher's face and left him with fractured skull ‘for teaching other religions to Muslim girls’