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8:30 PM ET, February 24, 2011


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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 …
Michael Hastings / Rolling Stone:
Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators
Jim White / Firedoglake:
Psy-Ops on Senators Just Another Example of Military Illegally Manipulating Information
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 …
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.
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.
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
Joe Klein / Time:
As Goes Wisconsin... So Goes the Nation
Discussion: Politics and Eduwonk
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 …
Mgrantcnn / CNN:
BREAKING: Saudi citizen arrested on terror charges in Texas
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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
Chris Frates / The Politico:
White House meets lobbyists off campus  —  Caught between their boss' anti-lobbyist rhetoric and the reality of governing, President Barack Obama's aides often steer meetings with lobbyists to a complex just off the White House grounds — and several of the lobbyists involved say they believe the choice of venue is no accident.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Amid budget battles, Obama to huddle with Democratic governors
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: ThinkProgress
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Unions: Sunday Shows Are Shutting Us Out
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A NEW LITMUS TEST FOR THE 2012 FIELD?.... This week …
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.”
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
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 …
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
Discussion: CNN
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Official: U.S. military options for Libya being planned  —  (CNN) — In the first indication the crisis with Libya could take on a military dimension, the Pentagon is looking at “all options” it can offer President Barack Obama in dealing with the Libyan crisis, a senior U.S. military official told CNN on Thursday.
The Politico:
Tanker announcement today ... Officials: No military role in Libya yet ... Cartwright investigated …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Danger Room
Matt Bai / New York Times:
How Chris Christie Did His Homework  —  Like a stand-up comedian working out-of-the-way clubs, Chris Christie travels the townships and boroughs of New Jersey­, places like Hackettstown and Raritan and Scotch Plains, sharpening his riffs about the state's public employees …
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) …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Is Wisconsin Really About the Kids?  —  Mike Konczal points to this as the most interesting passage from Wisconson Gov. Scott Walker's telephone conversation with the fake David Koch: … Mike comments: … Quite so.  Which brings to mind the pro-Walker argument currently making the rounds …
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 …
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Ezra Klein:
Unemployed public workers are bad for the economy
Discussion: Mother Jones
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Issa sends first subpoena to Obama administration
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL To Restructure Media Group Around Huffington Post - Here's The Internal Email
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Michael Monk / Firedoglake:
Will Obama Find Those Shoes?
Ezra Klein:
Andy Stern: ‘It may not end beautifully in Wisconsin.’
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Wonkette