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3:55 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 MoveOn.org and labor unions today.  —  Promoters, such as David Dayen at Firedoglake, were predicting a million-person turnout nationwide.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FAIL... Dems Left Red-Faced; Protesters Fail to Materialize at National MoveOn Rallies  —  MoveOn.org National Rallies A National Embarrassment -  —  Supporters Fail to Materialize Despite Best Astroturfed Efforts  —  MoveOn.org hosted dozens of rallies across the US today in support of public employee unions.
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: Washington Post and Althouse
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
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Ben Jones / USA Today:
Protesters plan biggest rally at Wisconsin Capitol
Discussion: Guardian and Prairie Weather
Chuck DeVore / Big Government:
BREAKING: Union Member Attacks, Injures Tea Party Activist at MoveOn.org-organized 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 …
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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
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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 …
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.
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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
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
BBC:
Three killed in Tunisian anti-government protests  —  The BBC's Paul Moss in Tunis says the situation there is “very serious indeed”  —  Three people have been killed in clashes between hundreds of demonstrators and security forces in the Tunisian capital, authorities say.
Discussion: Truthdig and Outside the Beltway
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
How Budget Battles Go Without the 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 …
Discussion: FrumForum, The Politico and GayPatriot
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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
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” …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Weasel Zippers
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
The Latest Foaming at the Mouth (Literally) Union Protester  —  Chicago played host to a union thug rally with plenty of lefty kooks screaming about the white-supremacist GOP.  Here's today's favorite.
 
 
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Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
Enough with the wait times, already
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Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
The Real Political Math In Wisconsin
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol disrespectfully have taped signs on and piled junk against the Veterans Memorial.