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11:11 PM ET, February 26, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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
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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New York Times:
In Wisconsin and Beyond, Rallying Behind Unions  —  By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS  —  MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of people took part in rallies in support of unions around the nation on Saturday, including here in the Wisconsin capital, where a political stalemate between …
Discussion: Althouse and Hot Air
Rick Ungar / The Policy Page:
The Wisconsin Lie Exposed - Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions
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
John / Power Line:
Eric Lipton Responds, and the Verdict Is In  —  On February 21, Eric Lipton of the New York Times wrote an article titled Billionaire Brothers' Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute.  Lipton's perspective on the controversy swirling around Wisconsin's state finances—it's all about Charles and David Koch …
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The “Ventriloquist Journalism” Beat
Discussion: HazZzMat
Steyn Online:
STATES OF THE UNIONS
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, Hot Air and TalkLeft
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Long Bread Lines and Barricades in Libya's Capital  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — A bold play by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to prove that he was firmly in control of Libya appeared to backfire Saturday as foreign journalists he invited to the capital discovered blocks of the city in open revolt.
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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
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.
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
50-State Union Protest Falls Far Short Of Predicted Turnout
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Former president of MADD arrested for DUI
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Rockford, Illinois tourism ad: Come hide away — like you're a state senator from Wisconsin
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Biggest Fish Face Little Risk of Being Caught
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DNC chairman: 'We're going to play for the big win' in 2012 election
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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
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Egyptian Military Cracks Down on New Protest
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Abandoned Babies
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