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12:55 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...
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.
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
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:
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Salon
David Weigel / Slate:
Did Scott Walker Reveal His Crisis-Ending Ruse to a Prank Caller?
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Tim Fernholz /
Bait and Switch?  —  Walker's budget plans don't fix what he says is the crisis.
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.
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Raw Story and Shakesville
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Official On Wisconsin Protestors: ‘Use Live Ammunition’  —  Jeffrey Cox is a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana, and he has some strong views about the protests in Wisconsin.  In response to a Mother Jones tweet this weekend reporting that riot police might be used …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Jay Bookman and Balloon Juice
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
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 …
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Here's to Libya's Freedom
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Fox Reverses Results Of Gallup Poll To Claim Americans Oppose Union Collective Bargaining Rights
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and US News
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Will Wisconsin spread?
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’
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.
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%) …
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
UN Security Council Uses Weakest Option at its Disposal to Respond to Libyan Violence  —  ( - The U.N. Security Council Tuesday issued a press statement condemning the Libyan regime's violence against civilians - the weakest option available to it, short of saying nothing.
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 …
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
Labor Roundtable: Kevin Carson  —  [Editors note: This is the first post in a series - or ‘roundtable’ - on the rise and fall of organized labor in America.  Other guest authors will be posting, and we urge others to submit posts as well.  Regular League authors are also encouraged to chime in.]
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Associated Press:
Wis. Licensing Dept. Looking Into Doctors' Notes  —  UW Health Says It's Also Investigating  —  MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin officials are investigating complaints about doctors who handed out medical excuses for pro-labor protesters at the Capitol.  —  Dave Ross, of the state Department …
Unlikely Hospitalist / Pundit Press:
The Scrubbing has Begun...  Today the state of Wisconsin Department …
Discussion: The Happy Hospitalist
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.
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Jonathan Capehart / PostPartisan:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Lawsuit alleges FBI violated Muslims' freedom of religion
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Weasel Zippers
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Dems' filibuster halts anti-union bill
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Pro-Kline report concealed for months
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Jill Stanek
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
On Obama jobs tour, unemployed have little voice
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Harry Reid's prostitution lecture bombs
Discussion: Wonkette and Gawker
USA Today:
Limbaugh stirs up a food fight about the first lady
Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Our World: Obama's devastatingly mixed signals
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Why Cuts Don't Bring Prosperity
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Discussion: Associated Press