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6:00 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 …
New York Times:
Qaddafi Strikes Back as Rebels Close In on Libyan Capital  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — Thousands of mercenary and irregular forces struck back at a tightening circle of rebellions around the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday, trying to fend off an uprising against the 40-year rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Official: U.S. military options for Libya being planned
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Rough Waters Strand Americans in Libya
Russ Buettner / New York Times:
Records Say Fox News Chief Told Employee to Lie  —  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, News Corporation …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Lobbyists: White House sends meetings off-site to hide them  —  Caught between their boss's 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 …
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
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Repeal has Americans flummoxed
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jordan Rau / Kaiser Health News:
Many Americans Incorrectly Believe Health Law Has Been Repealed
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
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
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.
Reid Wilson /
McCain's Shift Makes Him Senate's Most Conservative  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., along with seven of his colleagues, voted most often on the conservative side.  —  The politician who once best exemplified the idea of a “maverick” independent has shifted so far to the right that he is now tied …
Teddy Schleifer / The Daily Princetonian:
Daniels '71: Into the spotlight  —  After Mitch Daniels '71 was arrested, indicted and convicted on charges of drug use as an undergraduate in May 1970, he said that he thought his aspiring political career was doomed.  “Any goal I might have had for competing for public office were shot,” …
Ezra Klein:
Andy Stern: ‘It may not end beautifully in Wisconsin.’  —  Last year, Andy Stern retired as the president of SEIU, the service employees union that he'd built into a 2.2 million member heavyweight.  During his tenure, Stern was known — and sometimes reviled — for his efforts to reform organized labor …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Wonkette
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 …
Michael Monk / Firedoglake:
Will Obama Find Those Shoes?  —  In the “flashback quote of the day” at Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, he highlights words from candidate Barack Obama, made in a 2007 speech (and referenced in Slate).  That quote is as follows (spoken word differs slightly from the prepared text quoted by others …
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:
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Issa sends first subpoena to Obama administration  —  House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) has issued his first subpoenas to the Obama administration, seeking depositions from two Department of Homeland Security employees about their handling of freedom of information requests.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
No labor officials on Sunday shows this weekend?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL To Restructure Media Group Around Huffington Post - Here's The Internal Email
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A NEW LITMUS TEST FOR THE 2012 FIELD?.... This week …
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Report: GOP budget cuts would hit U.S. economy
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
When Lincoln Fled  —  Legislators fleeing to prevent a quorum is nothing new.
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
The Public Worker Gravy Train
Tabitha Hale / RedState:
Union Thuggery Descends On FreedomWorks