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11:40 AM ET, February 27, 2011


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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 and labor unions today.  —  Promoters, such as David Dayen at Firedoglake, were predicting a million-person turnout nationwide.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FAIL... Dems Left Red-Faced; Protesters Fail to Materialize at National MoveOn Rallies  — National Rallies A National Embarrassment -  —  Supporters Fail to Materialize Despite Best Astroturfed Efforts  — hosted dozens of rallies across the US today in support of public employee unions.
More than 70,000 protesters participate in rally at Capitol  —  For a second straight Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets around the state Capitol — braving temperatures in the mid-teens — for the largest day yet in their continuing struggle to stop Gov. Scott Walker's plan …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and TPMDC
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
Kathryn Lopez /
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.
Chuck DeVore / Big Government:
Union Member Attacks, Injures Tea Party Activist at Rally  —  Sacramento's ABC News 10 reported on the union rally and Tea Party counter rally in Sacramento today.  ABC's online report makes cursory mention of an incident of union violence directed at Tea Party activist Rodney Stanhope …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
To Tea Party, Pawlenty on Obama: ‘What planet is he from?’
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 …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Conrad: Two-week agreement is ‘acceptable’ for now, but work not done  —  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said Sunday that a short-term budget proposal to avoid a government shutdown on March 4 is “clearly headed in the right direction,” but stressed that he wants a longer-term, comprehensive agreement.
Discussion: CNN
James Hohmann / The Politico:
LePage: 'We're going after right-to-work'  —  LePage plans to push right-to-work law in Maine  —  Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Saturday he would push forcefully ahead with right-to-work legislation in his state, even if it means a Wisconsin-style fight with unions.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Taylor Marsh
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Guardian and City Hall Blog
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
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Phil Boehmke / American Thinker:
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James Marson / Wall Street Journal:
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