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1:45 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:
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” …
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.
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 …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin Governor Walker Punked by Fake Koch Call  —  This is priceless.  Ian Murphy of Buffalo Beast (the site appears to be down at the moment, but twolf1 has posted both videos on MyFDL) called up Gov. Scott Walker, posing as wealthy industrialist and campaign donor David Koch.  They had a 20-minute chat.
Discussion: Dependable Renegade
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
In reversal, Obama orders Justice to stand down on gay marriage
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Obama, DOJ Say Part Of DOMA Is Unconstitutional, Will Not Defend It In Court
Discussion: Guardian
Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
Breaking News: Obama action against DOMA coming
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
First Read / msnbc.com:
Obama admin will no longer defend federal marriage act in court
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
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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Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Will Wisconsin spread?
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE RIGHT'S RHETORIC TURNS VIOLENT.... In the wake …
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Balloon Juice
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Official On Wisconsin Protestors: ‘Use Live Ammunition’
Ezra Klein:
Another judge rules the individual mandate constitutional  —  This time it was Judge Gladys Kessler in the D.C. Circuit Court.  Kessler, interestingly, rejected the idea that the individual mandate is a tax.  Her ruling for the mandate's constitutionality rested on the “necessary and proper clause …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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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.”
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Matt Murphy / Dorchester Reporter:   Congressmen stir up union rally on Beacon Hill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrat urges unions to ‘get a little bloody when necessary’
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Dem Congressman tells unions that they “need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody”
Discussion: Pajamas Media and NewsBusters.org
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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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 …
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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.
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%) …
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:
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
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 …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords / Associated Press:
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