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9:00 AM ET, February 24, 2011


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Michelle Malkin:
Video: CWA union thug strikes young female FreedomWorks activist; Updated  —  This is Tabitha Hale, a young conservative activist/original Tea Party organizer/blogger who works for Washington, D.C.-based FreedomWorks.  I know her from her great grass-roots work with Smart Girl Politics when the Tea Party movement was just emerging.
Kyle Cheney / Boston Herald:
Capuano ‘bloody’ comment becomes flashpoint in union flap  —  U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano expressed regret Wednesday for his choice of words at a Tuesday rally to support Wisconsin workers, after national and local Republicans pounced on him for “over-the-top and inflammatory rhetoric.”
Ben Howe / RedState:
Bad Jew!  —  Union protestors, including waiver award winners Communication Workers of America (CWA), arrived outside of the FreedomWorks headquarters today apparently to hit female activists and police the Jews.  —  Meanwhile, in Denver, the same level headed Unions were scolding …
Tabitha Hale / RedState:
Union Thuggery Descends On FreedomWorks  —  Today, union thugs descended on the FreedomWorks office.  It was the middle of the day, and there was some excitement outside as all the buses pulled up and people started to fill the courtyard.  We decided to go out and show our support for freedom.
John / Power Line:
The Left's War on the Kochs  —  The most extraordinary story in the news these days is the all-out assault that the Left is mounting against Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Enterprises.  A day doesn't go buy—hardly an hour goes by—without some new attack being launched against these two lonely libertarians.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Wisconsin governor pranked by Buffalo journalist
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 …
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The Executive Power Grab in the Decision Not to Defend DOMA  —  I can understand the intense political pressure on the Obama Administration not to defend DOMA.  Presumably Obama and pretty much every significant lawyer in the Obama Administration opposes DOMA, whether or not they can take that position on the record.
The United States Department of Justice:
Letter from the Attorney General to Congress on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Neither Party Has Edge on Federal Budget Dealings  —  Americans favor compromise over budget shutdown by 2-to-1 margin  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are closely divided over whether the Republicans in Congress (42%) or President Obama and the Democrats (39%) are doing the better job …
Discussion: The Hill and Top of the Ticket
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Republicans Want Cuts In Interim Spending Bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly and USA Today
The Note:
Goldman Sachs: House Spending Cuts Will Hurt Economic Growth
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
WikiLeaks founder must face Swedish rape allegations  —  WikiLeaks founder handed verdict at Belmarsh magistrates court  —  Follow reactions to the ruling on our live blog  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
London Court Grants Swedish Request to Extradite Assange
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators  —  The U.S. Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in “psychological operations” to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war, Rolling Stone has learned …
Discussion: Politics and Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Sits Out State Fights  —  President Barack Obama, after initially lending his support to organized labor, has stepped back from the fights spreading in state capitals from Wisconsin to Tennessee, leaving union officials divided about his tactics.  —  Democratic officials …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Pushes Mortgage Deal  —  Obama Proposal Seeks Multibillion-Dollar Settlement of Loan-Servicing Cases  —  The Obama administration is trying to push through a settlement over mortgage-servicing breakdowns that could force America's largest banks to pay for reductions in loan principal worth billions of dollars.
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live Blog  —  As the uprising in Libya enters its tenth day, we keep you updated on the developing situation from our headquarters in Doha, Qatar.  —  Blog: Feb17 - Feb18 - Feb19 - Feb20 - Feb21 - Feb22 - Feb23  —  AJE Live Stream - Special Coverage: Libya Uprising - Twitter Audio: Voices from Libya
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberals to stage Tea Party-like revolts against GOP spending cuts  —  Democratic strategists believe their Tea Party moment has arrived.  —  Working with labor unions and liberal groups, they are using the Presidents Day congressional recess to organize a public backlash against billions of dollars in cuts to federal programs.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Town hall ‘rage’ over spending  —  ORLANDO, Fla.—The two town halls couldn't have been any more different — one a blue-jeans-and-ball-cap affair, rowdy and filled-to-capacity near an impoverished urban strip — the other a smaller confab of polo-shirt-and-Bermuda-shorts clad seniors in a sleek conference room outside Orlando.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Santorum: Left hates ‘Christendom’  —  Rick Santorum launched into a scathing attack on the left, charging during an appearance in South Carolina that the history of the Crusades has been corrupted by “the American left who hates Christendom.”  —  “The idea that the Crusades and the fight …
El Marco / Looking at the Left:
Racism and Incivility Aimed at Tea Party in Denver  —  Union Thugs and Teachers Lash Out at Taxpayers  —  White House political arm, Organizing for America, teamed up with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for their latest astroturfing effort in Denver.
New York Times:
Qaddafi Massing Forces in Tripoli as Rebellion Spreads  —  BAIDA, Libya — Forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi were reported to be striking back in several cites surrounding Tripoli on Thursday, as rebellion crept closer to the capital and defections of military officers multiplied.
Discussion: FP Passport and FrumForum
Rashid Ameer / The Express Tribune:
Honour crime: Woman killed for refusing to divorce husband  —  A 21-year-old girl was murdered in Khanewal on Monday allegedly by her brother because she had refused to give in to her family's demand to divorce her husband.  —  Ismat Parveen, a resident of Kot Muhammad Hussain …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Revenge of the Pomeranians  —  Right now concerned citizens are probably asking themselves: What will happen if the federal government shuts down?  —  Also, why is the federal government in danger of shutting down?  Whom can I blame for this?  Does it have anything to do with what's going on in Wisconsin?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
CREW: WI Governor Violated State Law by Sending Troopers After Missing Legislator  —  Ethics, FOIA, News, States, Wisconsin, Transparency, Press Releases  —  Washington, D.C .- Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-partisan government watchdog group …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
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Jeannie Kever / Houston Chronicle:
City to challenge census count
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Greg's Opinion
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Fox's Shep Smith: Pretending Wisconsin Is About A Fiscal Crisis Is “Malarkey”
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Libya threatens to treat western journalists as ‘outlaws’
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Manning Up or Wimping Out: Men Don't Exist to Serve Women's Desires
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden pokes fun at president with teleprompter joke
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Mark Preston / CNN:
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