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2:40 AM ET, March 10, 2011

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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 …
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Breaking: Without Democrats Present, Wisconsin Senate Voting on Largely-Intact Budget Repair Bill  —  Update 7:33 p.m.: As I was writing this up, the state senate voted 18-1 to pass the bill described below.  —  Update 7:38 p.m.: Wisconsin senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald confirms …
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 …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
WI Senate GOP Leader Admits On-Air That His Goal Is To Defund Labor Unions, Hurt Obama's Reelection Chances  —  A prank call from a man purporting to be petrochemical billionaire David Koch to Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) a few weeks ago revealed that Walker had crafted his “budget repair” bill in a bid to crush the labor unions.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters are locking the Capitol doors shut from the inside using metal handcuffs, Meade reports from the scene.  —  He told me that just now, by phone.  He got out, and is warning others not to go in.  Obviously, it's a terrible fire hazard to make it so people cannot get out of the building easily.
msnbc.com:
GOP rams anti-union bill through Wis. Senate  —  End run around Democratic senators who left state to prevent passage  —  Below:  —  NBC News and msnbc.com  —  MADISON, Wis. — Republicans pushed a provision stripping public employees of their collective bargaining rights through …
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.
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans outmaneuvered the chamber's missing Democrats and approved an explosive proposal …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Just Like That  —  In a brief meeting that lasted barely five minutes …
Discussion: TPMDC and First Draft
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Wisconsin Senate Limits Bargaining by Public Workers
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and FrumForum
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
Republican Wisconsin senators bypass Democrats in vote on collective bargaining
Discussion: The Fix
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wis. State Senate Passes Anti-Union Bill, In End-Run Around Dem Boycott
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Chaos at the Wisconsin Capitol tonight.
Associated Press:   Wisconsin Senate Advances Bill Opposed by Unions
Fox News:
Wisconsin Senate GOP Votes to Strip State Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
WISC-TV:
Source: Republican Senators Attempting To Pass Parts Of Budget Repair Bill
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Conference Committee Passes New, Stripped-Down Anti-Union Bill
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:
Look At NPR's Coverage; Don't Privilege The Serial Liar  —  It seems that James O'Keefe won't be ignored.  —  The many-times discredited activist is back with yet another “sting” video, this one of NPR executive Ron Schiller speaking with what he believes to be perspective donors …
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Mark Memmott / NPR:
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns  —  This follows yesterday's news that then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) was videotapped slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding during a lunch with men posing as members of a Muslim organization …
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
David Broder dies; Pulitzer-winning Washington Post political columnist  —  David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Arlington of complications from diabetes.
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town  —  CLEVELAND, Tex. — The police investigation began shortly after Thanksgiving, when an elementary school student alerted a teacher to a lurid cellphone video that included one of her classmates.  —  The video led the police to an abandoned trailer …
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Mac McClelland / Mother Jones:
The New York Times' Rape-Friendly Reporting  —  From today's New York Times: … This story from Cleveland, Texas, is beyond horrifying.  Obviously.  Unfortunately, further injustices have now been heaped on the victim (and the movement to end rape culture) by the article's writer and editor.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Mike Carter / Seattle Times:
Man charged with attempted MLK Day bombing linked to neo-Nazi group  —  A Stevens County man charged with the attempted bombing along the route of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane has links to a neo-Nazi group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich planning May presidential announcement  —  Washington (CNN) - In a conference call Wednesday with former staffers and supporters former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said “we are leaning toward a yes” on a presidential run, CNN has learned.  —  Leaning heavily.
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Newt Gingrich tells The Brody File he 'felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness'
Barbara Kay / National Post:
The day Sarah Palin kneecapped feminism  —  The feminist revolution began as a necessary reform movement, but unfortunately evolved into a marxism-imbued, revolutionary one.  Second-wave feminism's focus soon shifted from women's equal rights (which are limited to those defined by law) …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Palin vs. Christie: GOP rock-star feud
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin would base campaign in Scottsdale  —  The prospect of Sarah Palin running for president is, increasingly, dismissed by a political class that sees her facing weak poll numbers — especially in key early states — and doing nothing to correct them or to buil the infrastructure for a run.
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
On Libya, Obama willing to let allies take the lead  —  President Obama is content to let other nations publicly lead the search for solutions to the Libyan conflict, his advisers say, a stance that reflects the more humble tone he has sought to bring to U.S. foreign policy but one that also opens …
 
 
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