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11:20 AM 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...
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Will Wisconsin spread?  —  A few days ago, Gov. Scott Walker's effort to end collective bargaining for state employees looked almost certain to spread to other GOP-led states.  And there has been some interest, notably from Ohio's John Kasich and New Jersey's Chris Christie.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Scaling Back State Programs Is Least of Three Fiscal Evils  —  Less objectionable than reducing state worker pay or benefits, increasing taxes  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As Wisconsin and numerous other states struggle to reduce untenable budget deficits, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds …
Judith Davidoff /
Koch brothers quietly open lobbying office in downtown Madison  —  The billionaire brothers whose political action committee gave Gov. Scott Walker $43,000 and helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent during the 2010 gubernatorial election have quietly opened …
The Note:
The Note: Wisconsin's Scott Walker: With Him And Against Him
Edward Morrissey / The Week Magazine:
The real threat to democracy in Wisconsin
Discussion: Daily Kos and theblogprof
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin's Walker Signs Bill Requiring 2/3 Majority for Tax Increases
Discussion: Mercury Rising, Hullabaloo and Reuters
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Mitch Daniels ‘salutes’ Dem lawmakers …
Tim Fernholz /
Bait and Switch?  —  Walker's budget plans don't fix what he says is the crisis.  —  Republican Gov. Scott Walker has kicked off a firestorm with his budget proposals, but his most controversial plans wouldn't address this fiscal year's shortfall.  —  Why now?
Sam Stein / Reuters:
Gov. Walker Informed That Bill Targeting Unions May Cost State $46 Million In Federal Funds … WASHINGTON — Budget referees and transportation officials in Wisconsin have informed Gov. Scott Walker (R) that if he were to pass his controversial anti-union legislation into law …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Making sense of Wisconsin's union showdown  —  A dirty little secret about column writers is that we each have a handful of road-tested templates that we use all too frequently to make sense of something that has happened and demands our wise opinionation.  These past few days I've …
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.
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.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Emanuel Triumphs in Chicago Mayoral Race  —  CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman who worked for two presidents, was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, a victory that marks a new path for a city that has, for 22 years, been led by a singular, powerful force, Richard M. Daley.
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
W.H.: Obama won't speak on Libya  —  Jay Carney said that he didn't anticipate Obama speaking about Libya.  —  AP Photo  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak about Libya at 2:30 p.m. He referred questions on Libya to …
Obama under pressure to intervene in Libya
Peru cuts ties with Libya and condemns violence
Scott Shane / New York Times:
WikiLeaks Cables Detail Qaddafi Family's Exploits  —  WASHINGTON — After New Year's Day 2009, Western media reported that Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, had paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing just four songs at a bash on the Caribbean island of St. Barts.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMDC:
Federal Judge In D.C. Upholds Health Care Reform, Says Some Arguments ‘Ignore Reality’  —  A federal judge on Tuesday upheld the health care reform law signed last year by President Barack Obama and found that Congress had the clear authority to regulate health insurance under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
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.
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Dem Rep to unions: Time to get ‘bloody’  —  A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation's fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren't enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat urges unions to ‘get a little bloody when necessary’
Unlikely Hospitalist / Pundit Press:
The Scrubbing has Begun...  Today the state of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, announced that it would begin “looking into accusations that a number of local doctors provided the notes for protesters who missed work during the week...the department will review complaints …
Discussion: The Happy Hospitalist
Associated Press:
Wis. Licensing Dept. Looking Into Doctors' Notes
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Frank Newport / Gallup:
D.C., Hawaii Still Most Approving of Obama; All States Decline  —  Approval is higher than average in 12 states plus D.C., lower than average in 18 states  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Residents of Hawaii gave native son President Barack Obama the highest average 2010 job approval rating (66%) …
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Dems' filibuster halts anti-union bill  —  Assembly members block vote in their chamber overnight, after senators flee state to avoid vote  —  MADISON - Democrats kept the Wisconsin Assembly up overnight with a droning filibuster in another desperate attempt to block …
Capitol Chaos: Assembly Debate Enters 23rd Hour
Discussion: Right Wing News
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
If Not Now, When?  —  What's unfolding in the Arab world today is the mother of all wake-up calls.  And what the voice on the other end of the line is telling us is clear as a bell:  —  “America, you have built your house at the foot of a volcano.  That volcano is now spewing lava …
Associated Press:
Report: Ex-minister says Gadhafi ordered Lockerbie  —  STOCKHOLM — Swedish tabloid Expressen says Libya's ex-justice minister claims Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people in 1988.  —  Expressen on Wednesday quoted Mustafa Abdel-Jalil as telling …
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 …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why Cuts Don't Bring Prosperity  —  Remember the German economic boom of 2010?  —  Germany's economic growth surged in the middle of last year, causing commentators both there and here to proclaim that American stimulus had failed and German austerity had worked.
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Danielle Pletka / The Enterprise Blog:
‘Unacceptable’  —  Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …
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Pro-Kline report concealed for months
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Jill Stanek
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