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3:00 AM ET, February 25, 2011


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Really Bad Reporting in Wisconsin: Who ‘Contributes’ to Public Workers' Pensions?  —  When it comes to improving public understanding of tax policy, nothing has been more troubling than the deeply flawed coverage of the Wisconsin state employees' fight over collective bargaining.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and
Wisconsin Reporter:
New poll: Wisconsinites split on Walker's budget proposal  —  Wisconsinites are evenly split on their support of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill and the union workers protesting the legislation, according to a new poll sponsored by
Rasmussen Reports:
67% Disapprove of Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid Vote  —  Half of America's voters favor public sector unions for government workers, but they strongly oppose the tactic by Wisconsin state senators to flee their state to prevent a vote that would limit the rights of such unions.
Joe Klein / Time:
As Goes Wisconsin... So Goes the Nation
Discussion: Politics, Cafe Hayek and Eduwonk
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Why the Evil Koch Bros. Must be Stopped: They Support Drug Legalization, Gay Marriage, Reduced Defense Spending.  —  If you're interested in complicating dumb media narratives and blowing the minds of some of your leftard friends, here's a spirited posting at Reddit by someone with the handle epistemicfail:
Ex-AG sees violations by Walker in stunt call  —  When Gov. Scott Walker discussed strategies to lay off state employees for political purposes, to coordinate supposedly “independent” political expenditures to aid legislators who support his budget repair bill, and to place agent provocateurs …
John / Power Line:
No Retreat, No Surrender  —  If you were concerned that Charles and David Koch, two of the very few billionaires who support the conservative/libertarian side of the political spectrum, might be frightened off by the vicious attacks that have been launched against them by the Left …
Discussion: National Review and GayPatriot
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Fox News Chief, Roger Ailes, Urged Employee to Lie, Records Show  —  It was an incendiary allegation — and a mystery of great intrigue in the media world: After the publishing powerhouse Judith Regan was fired by HarperCollins in 2006, she claimed that a senior executive at its parent company …
Groups officially begin recall process for seven lawmakers  —  By Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  The clock is now running for groups trying to collect enough signatures to trigger recall elections against seven Democratic senators, state officials said today.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
No labor officials on Sunday shows this weekend?  —  I tend not to get into the business of questioning the guest choices made by the Sunday shows.  But if there were ever a time the networks would want to book labor officials to appear, you'd think it would be now.
Discussion: The Nation, ThinkProgress and Salon
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Unions: Sunday Shows Are Shutting Us Out
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A NEW LITMUS TEST FOR THE 2012 FIELD?.... This week …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Issues Divide Republicans' Views of Potential 2012 Contenders  —  Government, economy most important issues; social issues, national security least  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Although Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin lead the field of potential Republican presidential candidates among …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Mitt: Proud of ‘RomneyCare’  —  Mitt Romney rejected Mike Huckabee's call for him to admit that the “RomneyCare” health care program failed, instead saying he's “proud” of “getting everyone covered” when he was governor of Massachusetts.  —  “Mitt Romney is proud of what he accomplished …
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  New Soros investment fund, profiting off Obama's ‘green energy’ push, hires top Obama energy aide  —  George Soros — whom we're always told is not serving his own economic interests at all by promoting liberal politicians and big-government policies …
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Obama Official Leaves Energy Department for Soros Backed Cleantech Fund
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Fears Tripoli May Deploy Gas As Chaos Mounts  —  WASHINGTON—The government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi hasn't destroyed significant stockpiles of mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents, raising fears in Washington about what could happen to them—and whether they may be used—as Libya slides further into chaos.
Michelle Malkin:
Video: Rhode Island union supporter to cameraman - “I'll f**k you in the ass, you faggot”  —  The hits keep on coming.  Here's another fine specimen of Big Labor civility:  —  At AFSCME's “solidarity” rally in Providence, Rhode Island on Tuesday, a cameraman was accosted by a fuming pro-union protester.
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — February 2011  —  In the wake of the health reform repeal vote in the U.S. House and the ongoing legal challenges over the individual mandate, nearly half the country either believes that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) …
Pulling It Together …:
Forget Math and Science, Teach Civics (Or Why We Need To Bring Back “School House Rock")
Madison police chief troubled by Walker's comments on protesters  —  By Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison Police Chief Noble Wray said Thursday that he found comments by Gov. Scott Walker made about protesters at the state Capitol during a prank phone call “very unsettling and troubling.”
Madison police chief asks Walker to explain ‘troubling’ statements
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The Most Disturbing Personality on Cable Television  —  In the past few weeks Glenn Beck has spoken about the coming caliphate that he believes is about to envelope most of the world.  He then dilated on the anti-Christ with a man who says he has “new prophetic understanding into the end times.”
Mother Jones:
Nebraska Resurrects “Justifiable Homicide” Abortion Bill  —  A state legislator pushes a bill that's even more sweeping than the South Dakota proposal that sparked a national controversy.  —  Post Comment  —  Just when abortion rights supporters thought they had beaten a controversial bill …
The United States Department of Justice:
Texas Resident Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction … WASHINGTON - Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon …
Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times:
FBI charges Saudi in alleged terrorism plot
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Report: GOP budget cuts would hit U.S. economy  —  Goldman Sachs analysis says Republicans' $61 billion in cuts would trim U.S. economic growth by half this year.  Rep. John Boehner and others reject the report.  —  Reporting from Washington — Spending cuts approved by House Republicans …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner raises campaign cash off of spending cuts
New York Times:
U.S. Pulling Back in Afghan Valley It Called Vital to War  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — After years of fighting for control of a prominent valley in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the United States military has begun to pull back most of its forces from ground it once insisted …
Douglas Feiden / NY Daily News:
UFT spends millions on dinners, parties, parking, coffee as thousands of teachers face layoffs  —  As nearly 5,000 city teachers face the ax, their union shells out millions of dollars on feasting, boozing and partying, the Daily News has learned.  —  Free-spending United Federation …
Melissa Bell / BlogPost:
Petraeus orders investigation after Rolling Stone reports on alleged use of psychological operations  —  Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bids farewell to the Zabul provincial governor Mohammad Ashraf Naseri after a meeting discussing the situation and needs in the province, in April 2009.
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Natasha Mozgovaya / Haaretz:
Glenn Beck comments on Reform Judaism slammed
Discussion: Salon, FrumForum and AOL News
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School Board votes to send termination notices to teachers
Jim Snyder / Bloomberg:
Oil Group Starts Political Giving as Congress Weighs Repeal of Tax Breaks
Ezra Klein:
Unemployed public workers are bad for the economy
Discussion: Mother Jones
B.J. Reyes / Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
Hawaii now seventh state to legalize civil unions
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Boeing Wins $35B Pentagon Contract
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
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Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Michael Monk / Firedoglake:
Will Obama Find Those Shoes?
Discussion: Corrente
Chris Frates / The Politico:
White House meets lobbyists off campus