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2:45 AM ET, February 28, 2011


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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Demonstrators Can Continue Overnight Stays in Wisconsin Capitol  —  MADISON, Wis. — In a victory — at least a symbolic one — for Wisconsin's public employee unions, the Capitol authorities announced on Sunday that demonstrators could continue their all-night sleepovers in the building and would not be forcibly ejected or arrested.
Michael Whitney / Firedoglake:
Live Updates: Police to Clear Protestors from Wisconsin Capitol Building  —  I'm collecting live coverage of events as police prepare to clear out the Wisconsin Capitol Building in Madison, WI on the 14th day of protests against Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting bill.
About 600 stalwart protesters allowed to stay in Capitol overnight
Capitol camp-out continues
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Home News  —  The Dish is moving!  In April, we'll be joining The Daily Beast.  —  For me, it's a strange mixture of excitement and sadness.  Sadness because the Atlantic has been a very special home for me and all the interns and staffers who have worked at the Dish.
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Andrew Sullivan Joins The Daily Beast!  —  In exciting news for the two-year-old Daily Beast, the blogging trailblazer is moving his influential Daily Dish to our site.  His blog will occupy a new channel starting in early April, and he will become a Newsweek contributor.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Herman Cain wins Tea Party presidential live straw poll at Phoenix summit  —  Phoenix (CNN) - Which Republican should become the next president?  Herman Cain, according to a number of Tea Party activists gathered at a weekend summit in Phoenix.  —  Cain, a conservative talk show host …
Herman Cain wins Tea Party straw poll  —  According to CNN, Herman Cain, the dynamic and possible 2012 candidate, won the the American Policy Summit's presidential live straw poll on Sunday held by the Tea Party Patriots conference.  —  Capturing 22% of the 1600 votes cast, Cain …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Long-shot GOP candidate wins Tea Party straw poll
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Arab World Embraces Israeli's YouTube Spoof of Qaddafi Rant  —  JERUSALEM — A satirical YouTube clip mocking Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's megalomania is fast becoming a popular token of the Libya uprising across Middle East.  And in an added affront to Colonel Qaddafi, it was created by an Israeli living in Tel Aviv.
New York Times:
Rebels in Libya Gain Power and Defectors
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
The Only Chart You Need To See To Understand Why The US Is Screwed  —  We're still working our way through Kleiner Perkins' partner Mary Meeker's excellent analysis of the financial condition of the United States.  —  We'll be breaking out some key sections in the next few days.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
‘Anonymous’ takes down Americans for Prosperity website  —  The online activist group “anonymous,” which has used coordinated denial of service attacks — a crude but effective Internet weapon — to temporary disable sites belonging to foes ranging from Scientology to WikiLeaks foes …
Discussion: The Nation and The Raw Story
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Who invited Peter Yarrow to the Wisconsin protests?  And why was he the only entertainer on the bill?  —  Where were all the rest of the supposedly passionate lefties of the entertainment world?  —  I'm embarrassed for bloggers like Eric Kleefeld who murmur appreciation for Yarrow:
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Defiant Clarence Thomas fires back  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas - his impartiality under attack from liberals because of his attendance at a meeting of conservative donors sponsored by the Koch brothers and his wife's tea party activism - struck a defiant tone in a Saturday night speech …
Discussion: The Note
Fox News:
Union Chief Doesn't Condemn Comparisons of Wisconsin's Walker to Hitler  —  The head of one of the nation's most powerful labor unions did not condemn the violent rhetoric in placards and signs held by union supporters demonstrating in Wisconsin despite two direct attempts Sunday to get him on the record declaring them inappropriate.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
AFL-CIO chief blesses Obama's handling of Wisconsin labor battle
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Voting for the national interest, not self-interest  —  It's a question that puzzles most liberals and bothers some conservatives.  Why are so many modest-income white voters rejecting the Obama Democrats' policies of economic redistribution and embracing the small-government policies of the Tea Party movement?
Nolan Finley / Detroit News:
AWOL Dems defy ballot box  —  American-style democracy holds together because no matter how nasty the political game gets, the players honor a few inviolable rules.  We obey the laws, even the ones we disagree with.  We respect the ballot box.  And after even the most bitterly contested election …
The Note:
Politics at the Oscars — Union Support  —  ABC News' Chris Marderosian reports:  —  At the Academy Awards tonight, best cinematography winner Wally Pfister made a point during his acceptance speech of thanking his union crew on “Inception.”  —  Backstage he went further …
New Jersey Online:
Experts say Gov. Christie is making all the right moves for a place on national stage  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie doesn't travel light when he rolls in for one of his town hall meetings.  —  A staff of three or four arrives in a box truck packed with gear: risers for the crowd …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Christie: Palin needs ‘unscripted moments’ if she wants to prove she's serious
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Brad Knickerbocker / Christian Science Monitor:
Gates's warning: Avoid land war in Asia, Middle East, and Africa
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Walker's Over-Reach, Ctd
Libya's Gaddafi clings to Tripoli
Tunisia PM announces resignation
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Lieberman, McCain: Recognize Libyan opposition as government and arm them
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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