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12:55 PM ET, February 26, 2011

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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):
Discussion: Althouse
Badger Blogger:
Conservative Gov attempts to dine out in uber-liberal Madison, WI... and gets tossed for being “a nuisance.”  —  Yes, you did, in fact, read that right.  And the Wisconsin left is bragging it up. … This is how Madison businesses are treating the democratically elected governor of the state of Wisconsin.
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 …
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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
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PARTISAN WAR ON TWO FRONTS.... To pay even passing attention to American politics is to notice that contemporary congressional Republicans are as right-wing as they've ever been.  The GOP caucuses in both chambers have embraced a hysterical, borderline-nihilist worldview, which is often terrifying in its scope and severity.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Balloon Juice
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David Catanese / The Politico:
Perry reluctant to back Walker's plan
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Evolution of the Crazy  —  Mild mannered Ron Brownstein writes today …
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
Steyn Online:
STATES OF THE UNIONS  —  Steyn on America  —  The Democrat palace guard of America's dying monodailies are doing a grand job in reporting the current stand-off in Wisconsin.  A headline in The New York Times sums up the media's bizarre enthusiasm for sacrificing what remains of their reputations in order to protect the cause:
Discussion: Power Line
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
FLASHBACK: Ronald Reagan Called Union Membership ‘One Of The Most Elemental Human Rights’  —  As the Main Street Movement of students, workers, and other middle class Americans erupts across America, many conservatives have invoked the legacy of former president Ronald Reagan to demand …
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Labor secretary: GOP govs asking workers to give up their rights  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is trying to force workers in his state to give up their rights, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Saturday.  —  Solis, speaking at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Winter Meeting …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Two-week budget measure expected to avert government shutdown  —  Threats of a government shutdown next week had all but disappeared by late Friday as Democrats reacted favorably to a Republican plan that would keep agencies operating past Mar. 4 while making a first down payment toward a larger budget deal.
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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 …
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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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Enough with the wait times, already
Discussion: Yglesias and Mother Jones
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Governors meeting to stress China ties
Discussion: The Politico
The Hill:
Libyan turmoil, $100 per barrel oil fuel Republican drilling push
Discussion: Reuters and Prairie Weather
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First Openly Gay Man Chosen as the New White House Social Secretary
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
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Politics Daily
David Leonhardt / Economix:
College Costs Aren't the Main Problem
Discussion: Ezra Klein