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5:05 PM ET, February 23, 2011

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Murphy / The Beast:
Koch Whore  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker answers his master's call  —  “David Koch”: We'll back you any way we can.  What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that—because we thought about that...
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Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Did Scott Walker Get Crank-Call Pwned?  (AUDIO)  —  Is that really Scott Walker?  A New York-based alt-news editor says he got through to the embattled Wisconsin governor on the phone Tuesday by posing as right-wing financier David Koch...then had a far-ranging 20-minute conversation about the collective bargaining protests.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Governor Walker's office confirms prank Koch call  —  The Internet is burning up with the news that Governor Scott Walker may have been pranked by a caller claiming to be David Koch, and a spokesman for the Governor, Cullen Werwie, emails a statement confirming the call is legit:
Ezra Klein:
What a prank call proves about Wisconsin  —  Gonzo journalist Ian Murphy noticed one of Wisconsin's Senate Democrats complaining that Gov. Scott Walker was impossible to reach on the phone.  So Murphy came up with a prank call: He posed as right-wing financier David Koch and called Walker's receptionist.
David Weigel / Slate:
Did Scott Walker Reveal His Crisis-Ending Ruse to a Prank Caller?  —  MADISON, Wisc.  — The governor's main line is busy, so I'll have to grab an in-person spokesman confirmation or denial in a bit.  * Until then: Ian Murphy of the Buffalo Beast claims to have posed as “David Koch” …
The Huffington Post:
Top Six Revelations in the Call Between Fake David Koch and Governor Scott Walker … The call made by a Buffalo blogger pretending to be billionaire right-wing activist David Koch to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is quickly making an impact on the news cycle.  (You can listen to the call on YouTube: Part 1 |
Michelle Malkin:
The Howard Stern-ing of the Wisconsin showdown  —  A left-wing website that specializes in pranking celebrities, pundits, and politicians — a la Howard Stern — is doing a Snoopy dance over a fake call its operatives made to GOP Gov. Scott Walker.  —  The hoaxer pretended to be David Koch, the progs' favorite capitalist target.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Wisconsin Governor Walker Punked by Fake Koch Call
The United States Department of Justice:
Statement of the Attorney General on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON - The Attorney General made the following statement today about the Department's course of action in two lawsuits, Pedersen v. OPM and Windsor v. United States, challenging Section 3 of the Defense …
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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Won't Go to Court Over Defense of Marriage Act  —  An opponent of California's Prop 8 holds an American flag and gay pride flag during a demonstration outside of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Dec. 6, 2010 in San Francisco.  —  President Obama believes that the Defense …
New York Times:
U.S, in Shift, Sees Marriage Act as Violation of Gay Rights  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, in a major legal policy shift, has directed the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act — the 1996 law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages — against lawsuits challenging it as unconstitutional.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Obama to abandon DOMA defense  —  Hey, why not?  With the nation focusing on union influence in the public sector and a debate on public spending, what better time to reverse course on gay marriage?  Marc Ambinder reported it for National Journal:
Associated Press:
Gov't drops defense of anti-gay marriage law
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
In reversal, Obama orders Justice to stand down on gay marriage
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Adam Weinstein / Mother Jones:
Indiana Official: “Use Live Ammunition” Against Wisconsin Protesters  —  A conservative deputy AG let his emotions get out of hand.  It wasn't the first time.  —  Post Comment  —  On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators …
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WLFI-TV:
Deputy AG loses job after tweet drama
Discussion: TPMDC and Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHEN THE RIGHT'S RHETORIC TURNS VIOLENT.... In the wake …
Jay Bookman:   A call for armed counterprotesters to Atlanta labor rally
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Fox Reverses Results Of Gallup Poll To Claim Americans Oppose Union Collective Bargaining Rights  —  Yesterday, USA Today and Gallup released a new poll that found that a whopping 61 percent of Americans oppose efforts like those of Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) to strip public sector unions of collective bargaining rights.
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Mary Beth Schneider / Indianapolis Star:
Indiana Senate leader says right-to-work bill is dead  —  Daniels clarifies statements on pending legislation  —  Gov. Mitch Daniels this morning toughened his words about House Democrats who have fled the state is protest of Republican legislative proposals.
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Indiana kills ‘right-to-work’ bill
Lesley Stedman Weidenbener / Courier-Journal:
Indiana Senate won't resurrect right-to-work bill
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich confronted over affair  —  PHILADELPHIA — Newt Gingrich's speech at the University of Pennsylvania Tuesday night quickly took a turn for the dramatic when the first student to question him brought up his admitted extra-marital affair and accused him of being “hypocritical” for espousing moral values.
The Politico:
GOP crafts two-week stopgap  —  House Republicans plan to pass a two-week stopgap spending bill next week that would keep the government running past March 4 at reduced levels, GOP aides told POLITICO Wednesday.  —  The measure comes on the heels of last week's seven-month appropriation bill …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Sarah Babbage / American Prospect:
Government Shutdown? Don't Count on It
Discussion: Swampland and Taegan Goddard's …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Tea Party senator: House GOP funding bill ‘not even close’ on cuts
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
How the GOP Can Win the Budget Battle
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Video: The Daily Show Tortures a Camel in Madison  —  Madison, Wisc.  —  No joke: The Daily Show brought a camel to the protests in Madison the other day, presumably to help make fun of the Cairo/Madison comparisons.  As this video shows, the gag didn't turn out so well:
Linda Borg / Providence Journal:
Providence plans to pink slip all teachers  —  PROVIDENCE — The school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms.  —  In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt.
Chicago Tribune:
Chicago's next mayor: Emanuel  —  Ex-presidential adviser avoids runoff with 55%  —  Rahm Emanuel, a top adviser to two U.S. presidents who returned to Chicago just months ago, swept into the mayor's office Tuesday, inheriting a city reeling from recession and promising to reshape City Hall.
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Chris Bury / ABCNEWS:
Rahm Emanuel: Now Comes the Tough Part
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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