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3:45 PM ET, February 27, 2011

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Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Roger Ailes to be Indicted  —  Last week, the NY Times broke the story that Roger Ailes had urged various colleagues to lie to Federal investigators; (David Corn explains the background to this here).  —  NYT: … Here's what I learned recently: Someone I spoke with claimed that Ailes …
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Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
FOX NEWS BOSS ROGER AILES TO BE INDICTED???  —  Last week it was revealed that legendary FOX News boss Roger Ailes allegedly told underling Judith Regan to lie to federal investigators to protect Rudy Giuliani.  —  Regan reportedly has a tape of the telephone call in which Ailes urged her to do this.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
50-State Union Protest Falls Far Short Of Predicted Turnout  —  Protests in support of Wisconsin public sector unions were organized by MoveOn.org and labor unions today.  —  Promoters, such as David Dayen at Firedoglake, were predicting a million-person turnout nationwide.
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Abby Sewell / Los Angeles Times:
Protesters out in force nationwide to oppose Wisconsin's anti-union bill
host.madison.com:
More than 70,000 protesters participate in rally at Capitol
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FAIL... Dems Left Red-Faced; Protesters Fail to Materialize at National MoveOn Rallies
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Regulation Lax as Gas Wells' Tainted Water Hits Rivers  —  The American landscape is dotted with hundreds of thousands of new wells and drilling rigs, as the country scrambles to tap into this century's gold rush — for natural gas.  —  The gas has always been there, of course …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Tim Pawlenty Supports Government Shutdown: ‘A Dramatic Month’ Is ‘What We Need’  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Tea Party Patriots Policy Summit in Phoenix, AZ.  —  As the threat of a government shutdown looms over the nation, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) …
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Kathryn Lopez / Townhall.com:
Contraception is Not the Solution  —  Why are Republicans waging war on contraception?  It's not the first time the question has been asked, and it won't be the last.  Truth be told, Republicans aren't engaging in battle on that front — but the phrase gets close to a legitimate fight.
Rebel Pundit:
Exclusive: Rabid Union Thug Foams at the Mouth $1Mil bet GOP Hearts KKK.. “Wussy MotherFxxkers, I'll make you pay, Tea Baggers”  —  February 26th, Chicago.  Citizen journalists were on the scene for www.rebelpundit.com at the Moveon.org Union Solidarity Protest.
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Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Amanpour Interviews Gadhafi's Son  —  Saif Gadhafi Says Libya Is Not America's ‘Business’  —  In an exclusive interview with “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and one of his chief advisers, insisted Libya was calm …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief blesses Obama's handling of Wisconsin labor battle  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave his blessing Sunday to President Obama's handling of the labor standoff in Wisconsin.  —  Amid some criticism on the left that Obama could do more to boost unions in their demonstrations …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Left presses Obama to take a firmer stand on heated labor battles
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
On the Stump, Gingrich Puts Focus on Faith  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Newt Gingrich needs no introduction to most Republican audiences.  It is the reintroduction that is the challenge.  —  If Mr. Gingrich moves forward with a presidential bid, as his advisers and friends say he is poised …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Althouse and Meade return to the Veterans Memorial and encounter apologetic protesters, the police, and a rudeness expert.  —  I took this video yesterday — Saturday, February 26th — at the Wisconsin Capitol building.  Meade wanted to go back to see if the protesters had followed through …
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Three Sunday Shows Fail To Include Democrats As Featured Guests  —  Two weeks ago, the Washington Monthly's Steve Benen noted that the lineup for the Sunday shows were stacked with Republicans and didn't feature a single Democratic guest.  Last Sunday also tilted heavily toward GOP voices.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Unfit for Democracy?  —  Is the Arab world unready for freedom?  A crude stereotype lingers that some people — Arabs, Chinese and Africans — are incompatible with democracy.  Many around the world fret that “people power” will likely result in Somalia-style chaos, Iraq-style civil war or Iran-style oppression.
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Obtains Previously Redacted Material from the FBI File of the Late Senator Ted Kennedy  —  While in Santiago, Kennedy “made arrangements to ‘rent’ a brothel for an entire night”; Sought meetings with “communists and others who had left-wing views”
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Lieberman, McCain: Recognize Libyan opposition as government and arm them  —  Two senators urged the Obama administration to give “tangible” support to the opposition in Libya in terms of recognizing the opposition as the legitimate government, arming the opposition and establishing a no-fly zone over the North African country.
Discussion: FrumForum and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
Swedes Begin to Question Liberal Migration Tenets  —  MALMO, Sweden — Nick Nilsson, 46, decided to vote for Sweden's far-right party last fall because of a growing sense that his country had gone too far in letting so many immigrants settle here.  —  A truck driver, Mr. Nilsson lives …
Aljazeera:
Tunisia PM announces resignation  —  Mohammed Ghannouchi says he will step down following deaths during anti-government protests.  —  Mohammed Ghannouchi, Tunisia's interim prime minister, has resigned, as security forces clashed with protesters in Tunis, the capital, who were demanding some of his minsters be removed.
Discussion: The Agonist
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BBC:
Three killed in Tunisian anti-government protests
Discussion: Truthdig and Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Mark McDonald / New York Times:
North Koreans Struggle, and Party Keeps Its Grip
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Angry Arizona, Again
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Conrad: Two-week agreement is ‘acceptable’ for now, but work not done
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James Hohmann / The Politico:
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Phil Boehmke / American Thinker:
Democrat Senator's absence to cost Wisconsin $165 Million
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