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10:25 PM ET, February 26, 2011

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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.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
100,000-Plus in Madison for Rally for Workers' Rights - VIDEO  —  MADISON, WI (FDL) - In what has been billed the largest rally in the history of Madison, over 100,000 people packed the Capitol Square for a “Rally for Workers' Rights” to protest the budget repair bill and the proposed stripping …
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Labor protests draw thousands across U.S.  —  (Reuters) - Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday against a Wisconsin plan to curb the power of public sector unions that has sparked similar government efforts in other states.
Ben Jones / USA Today:
Protesters plan biggest rally at Wisconsin Capitol  —  MADISON, Wis. — Opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's plan to strip public unions of bargaining powers has been burning at the Capitol for two weeks.  But today, demonstrators are turning up the heat.  —  Union organizers are hoping to top …
New York Times:
In Wisconsin and Beyond, Rallying Behind Unions
Discussion: Althouse and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Labor secretary: GOP govs asking workers to give up their rights
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin's Newest Progressive
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AmSpecBlog
Rick Ungar / The Policy Page:
The Wisconsin Lie Exposed - Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions
USA Today:
Obama, Clinton: Gadhafi should leave Libya ‘now’  —  President Obama told German Chancellor Angela Merkel today that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi should surrender power immediately because of the attacks he has made on his own people.  —  “The President stated that when a leader's only means …
Discussion: Guardian, TalkLeft and Hot Air
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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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The “Ventriloquist Journalism” Beat  —  Kudos to John for staying after Eric Lipton's fast one, which is a classic in the genre of what I call “ventriloquist journalism”—the highly refined technique by which “news” reporters seek out a source to confirm their preconceived story line with a specific quote.
Discussion: HazZzMat
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John / Power Line:
Eric Lipton Responds, and the Verdict Is In
Steyn Online:
STATES OF THE UNIONS
Tom Diemer / Politics Daily:
Ireland's Ruling Party Crushed at Polls in Fallout From Failed Economy … No luck for Ireland's ruling party.  The government in power paid a price Friday for presiding over an economy that went through the floor when a housing bubble burst, strapping the banks that made the loans and forcing …
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Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Ireland's Governing Party Ousted in Historic Loss
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Budget Battles Without Earmarks  —  WASHINGTON — The fact that Congress remains a spending disagreement or two away from shutting down the government no doubt strikes some as remarkable.  But there is another extraordinary aspect to the fiscal clash unfolding on Capitol Hill: earmarks have disappeared from the budgetary landscape.
Discussion: The Politico and GayPatriot
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James Marson / Wall Street Journal:
Gadhafi's Nurse Says She's Going Home  —  KIEV, Ukraine—Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is set to be deserted by another close ally after his Ukrainian nurse said she was heading home.  —  Galyna Kolotnytska, described in a diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks as a “voluptuous blond” …
Chicago Tribune:
First blow to Emanuel team  —  Transition aide quits after ethics violation revealed  —  A veteran politician Rahm Emanuel named to his mayoral transition team resigned her high-level state job last summer and paid a fine for conducting political business on state time, according to a newly filed ethics report.
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
Newt Gingrich to announce exploratory committee ‘in 10 days’ — in Georgia  —  Update at 7 p.m.: I was on a State Bar panel this afternoon with Randy Evans, the Atlanta lawyer in charge of Newt Gingrich's business interests.  He's quoted below.  —  Before we parted, Evans told me this …
Jenn Breckenridge / The Understory:
BREAKING: Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol  —  From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey reports:  —  “Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause.
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Mike Elk / The Atlantic Online:
The View From Inside the Wisconsin State Capitol
Discussion: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and Gawker
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
To Tea Party, Pawlenty on Obama: ‘What planet is he from?’  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty accused President Obama and Democrats of “coddling” unions and applauded the Tea Party movement as “modern-day Paul Reveres.”  —  Speaking to a convention of Tea Party activists in Phoenix on Saturday …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
Orlando and Central Florida News, Weather, Traffic:
Former president of MADD arrested for DUI  —  MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A woman who was the former president of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter in Gainesville has been arrested for drunk driving.  —  Debra Oberlin, 48, was arrested around 1:00 a.m. February 18 after police …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Blaze
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Rockford, Illinois tourism ad: Come hide away — like you're a state senator from Wisconsin  —  Cheeky link bait aimed at conservative blogs or earnest ad campaign targeting progressives?  It's the former for the moment, but let's face it — if the fleebaggers succeed in waiting Scott Walker …
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Michelle Malkin:
Best tourism video ever: Rockford IL woos Fleebaggers
Discussion: protein wisdom
 
 
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Biggest Fish Face Little Risk of Being Caught
Discussion: naked capitalism
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC chairman: 'We're going to play for the big win' in 2012 election
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PARTISAN WAR ON TWO FRONTS.... To pay even passing attention …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Daily Kos and Ezra Klein
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Enough with the wait times, already
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Egyptian Military Cracks Down on New Protest
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Abandoned Babies
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