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11:00 AM ET, February 26, 2011

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Mind Stain:
Scott Walker Asked to Leave Local Restaurant  —  Come looking for an article about Scott Walker being booted from a Madison restaurant?  Yes, you came to the right place, but at the request of the restaurant owner due to abusive phone calls, the article has been hidden for the time being.
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Swopa / Firedoglake:
Late Night: You'll Never Eat Dinner in This Town Again  —  Sometimes, it's good to leave detached, cerebral meta-analyses of politics aside and just get a taste of public opinion being expressed the old-fashioned way.  —  Wisconsin blogger Naomi Houser reports tonight (via Howie Klein on Twitter):
New York Times:
Qaddafi Forces Shooting From Ambulances, Witnesses Say  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — An increasingly gruesome picture began to emerge Saturday of the violent tactics used by the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to quell protesters in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, with several witnesses confirming …
Discussion: FrumForum and AMERICAblog News
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Is Barack Obama Secretly Swiss? … Like This Story  —  Follow Slate's Fighting Words … - What It's Like To Spend the Night With the Village of Protesters in Wisconsin's Capitol- The MPAA Ratings System Is Much Harsher on Independent Films Than on Studio Films- Slate Readers Hate Their iPads …
New York Times:
Following U.S. Sanctions, U.N. Security Council to Meet on Libya  —  WASHINGTON — One day after the United States closed its embassy in Tripoli and imposed unilateral sanctions against Libya, the United Nations Security Council prepared to meet in New York on Saturday to consider imposing …
Leon Wieseltier / The New Republic:
We Choose Consultations  —  In Libya, Obama strikes (not) again.
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
The Real Political Math In Wisconsin … WASHINGTON — The real political math in Wisconsin isn't about the state budget or the collective-bargaining rights of public employees there.  It is about which party controls governorships and, with them, the balance of power on the ground in the 2012 elections.
Discussion: Reuters and The New Republic
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The Note:
Shutdown Showdown: Stalemate Thaws As Democrats “Encouraged” By New GOP Proposal  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson & Matthew Jaffe report:  —  The prospect of a government shutdown one week from today appeared to become less likely Friday as Republicans unveiled a new short-term spending proposal that earned praise from Democrats.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why the GOP shouldn't fear a government shutdown
Discussion: sisu, Cold Fury and Hot Air
appropriations.house.gov:
Continuing Resolution Unveiled Today Will Continue Government Operations, Cut Spending
Discussion: National Review and Open Congress
NewsMax.com:
Gingrich: If Palin Took Obama Actions, There Would Be Calls for Impeachment  —  In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Friday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama's decision not to fully enforce the Defense of Marriage law eventually could lead to a constitutional crisis …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Newt Gingrich: Obama Could Be Impeached Over Gay Marriage Reversal  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who plans within two weeks to announce if he will run for president, said today that if President Obama doesn't change his mind and order his Justice Department to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act …
Remy Stern / Gawker:
The Craigslist Congressman and the Crossdressing Prostitute  —  Chris Lee's resignation from the House on Feb. 9 may be the quickest political downfall in history: It came just three hours after Gawker published a photo of Lee standing in the mirror shirtless, along with a story …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Governors meeting to stress China ties  —  The nation's governors will have an unusual host for their winter meeting in the nation's capital this weekend: China.  —  The National Governors Association meeting will set the stage for the first structured exchange among participants in a newly created U.S.-China Governors Forum.
Discussion: The Politico
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Perry reluctant to back Walker's plan
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Egyptian Military Cracks Down on New Protest  —  CAIRO — Tens of thousands of protesters returned Friday to Tahrir Square, the site of demonstrations that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak two weeks ago, to keep up the pressure on Egypt's military-led transitional government.
New York Times:
Iran Reports a Major Setback at a Nuclear Power Plant  —  Iran told atomic inspectors this week that it had run into a serious problem at a newly completed nuclear reactor that was supposed to start feeding electricity into the national grid this month, raising questions about whether the trouble …
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Abandoned Babies  —  Republicans need to figure out where they stand on children's welfare.  They can't be “pro-life” when the “child” is in the womb but indifferent when it's in the world.  Allow me to illustrate just how schizophrenic their position has become through the prism of premature babies.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol disrespectfully have taped signs on and piled junk against the Veterans Memorial.  —  Meade and I confront them, and we're told we're the first people who've had a problem with it.  I try to explain how that attempted defense of the behavior is only going to make it look worse.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan  —  WEST POINT, N.Y. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the chances of carrying …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
MORE UNION THUGGERY... Violent Leftists Threaten Citizen Journalist “A$$hole White Boy” “I'm Gonna Hit Your Head” (Video)  —  It's been at least 8 hours since I posted the last leftist assault video.  So here's the latest display of leftist tolerance...  Enlightened St. Louis leftists threatened …
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Peter Gorenstein / Yahoo! Finance:
AFL-CIO Chief: Raising Taxes Will Create Jobs  —  What's the best way to get Americans back to work?  —  Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.  Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending.
The Hill:
Libyan turmoil, $100 per barrel oil fuel Republican drilling push  —  The Libyan uprising and triple-digit oil prices are reinvigorating GOP-led attacks on White House offshore drilling policies — a collision that will burst into public view next week on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: Reuters and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Baseball Gave $25 Million Lifeline to Mets  —  Major League Baseball provided $25 million to the owners of the Mets as they struggled to deal with a cash shortfall last fall and a looming lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars for victims of Bernard L. Madoff's vast Ponzi scheme …
 
 
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
FLASHBACK: Ronald Reagan Called Union Membership ‘One Of The Most Elemental Human Rights’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
Paul Krugman's Third World fantasy
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Rasmussen Reports:
46% View Unionized Teachers As a Bad Thing, 37% Disagree
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Congressman who donned tiger costume files for re-election
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
23 killed in Iraq's ‘Day of Rage’ protests
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Kathleen Parker leaving CNN's struggling ‘Parker Spitzer’
Discussion: Politics Daily
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David Leonhardt / Economix:
College Costs Aren't the Main Problem
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Julian E. Barnes / Washington Wire:
Army: Gen. Caldwell's Accuser Had No Psy-Ops Training
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and SWJ Blog
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Florida's Scott Defends Rejection of Rail Funds as LaHood Cries ‘Baloney’
Discussion: Wonk Room and Naked Politics
David Weigel / Weigel:
Where Are the Thugs?  —  MADISON, Wisc.  — Michelle Malkin promises …