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11:50 AM ET, March 10, 2011

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Ezra Klein:
Was what Scott Walker did legal?  —  Assuming Scott Walker's procedural maneuvering last night was legal — and, as I'll explain in a moment, there are some questions about that — then it was also legitimate.  Certainly as legitimate as the Democrats fleeing the state to deny the Republicans quorum.
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JSOnline:
Senate advances collective bargaining changes; Democrats to return after Assembly action  —  Republicans advance bill curbing most collective bargaining; Maneuver ignites furious protests  —  By Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — With Democrats still in Illinois …
Scott Walker / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Fighting in Wisconsin  —  We can avoid mass teacher layoffs and reward our best performers.  But we have to act now.  —  In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin.  A week later, she got a layoff notice from the Milwaukee Public Schools.
Ezra Klein:
What happened in Wisconsin tonight  —  Here's what just happened in Wisconsin: The rules of the state's Senate require a quorum for any measures that spend money.  That's how the absence of the Senate's Democrats could stymie Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget law — it spent money, and thus it needed a quorum.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Anti-Public Employee Bill Passes Senate in Wisconsin; Only the Beginning of the Fight  —  Wisconsin's Capitol dome in Madison (photo: WxMom)  —  If you've been following along in my last post, you know the news: the Wisconsin State Senate rushed through and passed a bill …
Christian Schneider / National Review:
How the Wisconsin Senate Passed Walker's Bill
Discussion: Right Wing News and Moe Lane
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Labor Vows To Step Up Recall Effort Against Wisconsin GOP, Challenge Anti-Union Bill In Court
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Without Democrats Present, Wisconsin Senate Voting on Largely-Intact Budget Repair Bill
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Republican Wisconsin senators bypass Democrats in vote on collective bargaining
Discussion: The Fix, The Politico, TPMDC and Fox News
Jeff Mayers / Reuters:
Wisconsin Senate passes union curbs as protesters rally
Discussion: Guardian and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
As hearings begin, Peter King reveals threat against him  —  ‘If we know a threat is there ... how can we not investigate it?’  King said Thursday.  AP Photo  —  Ahead of his controversial hearing Thursday on the “radicalization” of American Muslims, Rep. Peter King is revealing …
Discussion: CNN, Taylor Marsh and Wonkette
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Congressman Keith Ellison:
Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05) Testimony Before The House Homeland Security Committee  —  The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response  —  Thank you Chairman King for allowing me to testify today.  Though the Chairman and I sometimes disagree …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Peter King's Muslim hearings are not the first  —  ‘It has nothing to do with internment camps.’ |  When Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) picks up the chairman's gavel Thursday for hearings into extremism among American Muslims, he'll launch what critics have condemned for months as an insensitive …
The Hill:
First Muslim in Congress breaks into tears during radicalization hearing
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Rep. Peter King's Hearing on American Muslims: How Radical? How Dangerous?
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Christie's Talk Is Blunt, but Not Always Straight  —  New Jersey's public-sector unions routinely pressure the State Legislature to give them what they fail to win in contract talks.  Most government workers pay nothing for health insurance.  Concessions by school employees would have prevented any cuts in school programs last year.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP: Full speed ahead on defunding NPR  — TAGS: - Corporation for Public Broadcasting - House Republicans - National Public Radio - npr - vivian schiller  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  After the release of the James O'Keefe sting video Tuesday …
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and FrumForum
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Justice Scalia Objects  —  One rough measure of how any Supreme Court term is going is to track the decibel level of Justice Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinions.  In a case last week, the question was whether statements made to the police by a shooting victim as he lay bleeding to death …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Chaos at the Wisconsin Capitol tonight.
BBC:
Gaddafi forces beat up BBC team  —  Goktay Koraltan and Feras Killani said other detainees had been badly beaten  —  Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's security forces detained and beat up a BBC news team who were trying to reach the strife-torn western city of Zawiya.
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BBC:
France recognises Libyan rebels
Discussion: FrumForum and Newshoggers.com
JSOnline:
The quiet after the Capitol storm  —  Madison - After a wild and raucous night at the State Capitol, the scene inside the building Thursday morning looks just like it was a few weeks ago when protesters camped out overnight.  —  At 6:30 a.m., there were dozens of people who stayed the night …
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Associated Press:
Protesters flood Wis. Capitol over anti-union vote
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Spending plan vote backfires as Democrats suffer defections  —  Senate Democrats suffered a wave of defections Wednesday as their proposal to cut just over $6 billion from federal spending this year went down to defeat.  —  The Democratic bill attracted two fewer votes than the rival GOP measure …
Expressen:
Interrogator in the Assange case friend with woman accusing Wikileaks founder  —  The police interrogator in the Julian Assange-investigation is a friend of one of the two women who is accusing the Wikileaks founder och sexual assault, Expressen can now reveal.
Discussion: Guardian, Blogcritics and The Wire
 
 
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