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10:05 PM ET, February 28, 2011

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Do over?  —  We'll have our full poll on the Wisconsin conflict out tomorrow but here's the most interesting finding: if voters in the state could do it over today they'd support defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett over Scott Walker by a a 52-45 margin.  —  The difference between how folks …
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David Bailey / Reuters:
Wisconsin's Walker to absent Democrats: 24 hours to return  —  (Reuters) - Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker said on Monday that absent senate Democrats have 24 hours to return and vote on a measure to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state will miss out on opportunity to refinance its debt.
Fhardingj / CNN:
GOP group launches pro-Walker ad in Wisconsin
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP spending plan would cost 700,000 jobs, new report says  —  A Republican plan to sharply cut federal spending this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to an independent economic analysis set for release Monday.  —  The report, by Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi …
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Fhardingj / CNN:
House Republican Leaders Vow to Defend Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Majority in Poll Back Employees In Public Unions  —  As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits of public workers …
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Robert Barro / Wall Street Journal:
Unions vs. the Right to Work  —  Collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty.  —  How ironic that Wisconsin has become ground zero for the battle between taxpayers and public- employee labor unions.
New York Times:
Obama Backs Easing State Health Law Mandates  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to appease disgruntled governors, President Obama announced Monday that he supported amending the 2010 health care law to allow states to opt out of its most burdensome requirements three years earlier than currently permitted.
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The Hill:
Obama backtracks on health mandate, wants opt-out from start
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and FrumForum
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Romney gets a nod from Obama
Discussion: Right Turn and Wonkette
Charlie Sykes / 620wtmj.com:
GORDON HINTZ: “YOU ARE F'N DEAD!”  —  Last week, we heard thatState Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) had been busted in a prostitution sting. … Last Friday.... after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: “You are F***king dead!”
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USU Statesman:
Sen. Hatch says USU receives most federal dollars per capita  —  Young people will face a bleak future without Social Security benefits if Democrats continue to “overreach” their constitutional boundaries, said U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Friday, in the Education Building.
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Daily Mail:
Christian couple lose High Court battle to foster children because they are against homosexuality  —  A Christian couple morally opposed to homosexuality today lost a High Court battle over the right to become foster carers.  —  Eunice and Owen Johns, aged 62 and 65, from Oakwood, Derby …
Kolbermann / FOK News Channel:
New York Times Punk'd By Anti-Union Plant (Updated)  —  Few news stories better spoke to the destruction of union solidarity and the realization that even those public employees collectively bargaining in Wisconsin were going to have to give something back, than the New York Times' piece …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Paris Hilton Of Newspapers Sees What He Expects To See
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Vanity Fair
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel  —  It was the best fake Twitter account ever, deftly satirizing Rahm Emanuel, and elevating the Tweet and the f-word to the level of literature.  But the mystery writer was never revealed - until now.  —  There were many storylines in Rahm Emanuel's romp …
ABCNEWS:
‘My People Love Me’: Moammar Gadhafi Denies Demonstrations Against Him Anywhere in Libya  —  U.S. Exclusive: Christiane Amanpour Sits Down for an Interview With Libya's Embattled Leader  —  REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK BY CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR  —  I interviewed Col. Moammar Gadhafi this evening …
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BBC:
Excerpts: Gaddafi interview
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin Capitol Building Still Closed; Other Madison Shenanigans Reported  —  Protestors outside the Wisconsin statehouse.  (photo: signejb)  —  A bit more on the fast-moving story in the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin:  —  • Clearly Scott Walker and the Capitol police …
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Obama to Governors: Don't Vilify Public Workers  —  Addressing governors from around the country at the White House this morning, President Obama dedicated a moment of his speech to warning them not to vilify public workers.  —  “I believe that everybody should be prepared to give up something …
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
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Newsweek:
Do We Still Need Unions?  Yes  —  Why they're Worth Fighting For.  —  Bettmann-Corbis  —  April 1, 1953, Employees of R.H. Macy stage a demonstration outside the store before their contract  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's effort two weeks ago to end collective bargaining for public employees …
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Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
UNION BLUES  —  “Fifteen million Americans bring you Edward P. Morgan and the news.”
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Weigel and News Desk
San Francisco Chronicle:
Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF  —  San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.  —  Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Pirate's Cove
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, Flinging Blame and Citing Deadlines  —  MADISON, Wis. — Time may or may not be running out to make some crucial decisions in the Wisconsin fight over labor unions and budgets.  But the blame game is definitely coming to a boil.  —  In his two-week-long standoff with Democrats …
Discussion: Hot Air, FrumForum and Althouse
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Last U.S. World War I veteran Frank W. Buckles dies at 110  —  Frank W. Buckles died early Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused.  —  In 1917 and 1918, close to 5 million Americans served in World War I …
Steve Knopper / Rolling Stone:
Mariah, Beyoncé, Usher Face Calls to Donate Qaddafi Money to Charity  —  ‘Not every artist is a humanitarian.  In more cases than not, for people, greed rules’  —  By  —  Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Usher and 50 Cent are facing industry calls to give back the money they earned performing …
Mother Jones:
Revealed: The Group Behind the Bills that Could Legalize Killing Abortion Providers  —  It's no coincidence that bills to expand justifiable homicide laws have popped up in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.  Meet the group that launched the effort.  —  Post Comment  —  First, it was South Dakota.
Cindy Boren / The Early Lead:
Iran threatens to boycott 2012 London Olympics because of logo  —  Iran is threatening to boycott the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of the Games' logo.  —  According to an Iranian official, the logo, with its blocky, abstract rendering of “2012,” is racist because it appears to spell the word …
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Madoff Tapes  —  One evening, my home phone rang.  “You have a collect call from Bernard Madoff, an inmate at a federal prison,” a recording announced.  And there he was.  —  Bernard L. Madoff is in therapy.  Each week, he waits for the signal that prisoners are allowed to leave their housing units …
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Huck takes softer tack on Obama
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John Gravois / Washington Monthly:
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Discussion: Paul Krugman
Online NewsHour:
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High Speed to Insolvency
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