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3:35 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 …
Jim White / Firedoglake:
Psy-Ops on Senators Just Another Example of Military Illegally Manipulating Information
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Could Get Ugly: Rolling Stone Says Army Deployed ‘PsyOps’ To Influence Senators
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 …
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Report: GOP budget cuts would hit U.S. economy
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 …
The Independent:
Tripoli: a city in the shadow of death  —  Gunfire in the suburbs - and fear, hunger and rumour in the capital Thousands race for last tickets out of a city sinking into anarchy  —  Robert Fisk, with the first dispatch from Libya's war-torn capital, reports
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Rough Waters Strand Americans in Libya
Discussion: and The Greenroom
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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,” …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Daniels in the Lions Den
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.
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.”
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Repeal has Americans flummoxed
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberals to stage Tea Party-like revolts against Republican spending cuts  —  Democratic strategists believe their Tea Party moment has arrived.  —  Working with labor unions and liberal groups, they are using the Presidents Day congressional recess to organize a public backlash against billions of dollars in cuts to federal programs.
Tabitha Hale / RedState:
Union Thuggery Descends On FreedomWorks  —  Today, union thugs descended on the FreedomWorks office.  It was the middle of the day, and there was some excitement outside as all the buses pulled up and people started to fill the courtyard.  We decided to go out and show our support for freedom.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Pushes Mortgage Deal  —  Obama Proposal Seeks Multibillion-Dollar Settlement of Loan-Servicing Cases  —  The Obama administration is trying to push through a settlement over mortgage-servicing breakdowns that could force America's largest banks to pay for reductions in loan principal worth billions of dollars.
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Saudi ruler offers $36bn to stave off uprising amid warning oil price could double
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
When Lincoln Fled  —  Legislators fleeing to prevent a quorum is nothing new.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Douglas Feiden / NY Daily News:
UFT spends millions on dinners, parties, parking, coffee as thousands of teachers face layoffs
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and POWIP
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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The Public Worker Gravy Train
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Democrats just don't understand the new populism
Discussion: Grim's Hall