Regional/Midwest

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Capitol Closure Conflict Looms in Wisconsin; Solidarity Rallies in 50 States Held Saturday

UPDATE 9pm: No arrests are occurring tonight at the Capitol in Madison but police say they will evaluate the situation on a nightly basis.  The crowd is thinning out, but hundreds still remain.  In other news, one Republican State Senator has announced his opposition to Scott Walker's bill, bringing the number of new Republican no votes now needed to 2.  Read more at Fight Back! News or via our Twitter list.

Tempers Explode as Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Taking Away Union Rights

Walker remains unwilling to budge; Senate Democrats stay away; compromise ignored

 

By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Daniel Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Governer Scott Walker gets pranked, believes he's talking to backer David Koch, reveals all

Yesterday Gov. Scott Walker recieved a prank call from a blogger who runs a page called "The Beast." The blogger pretends to be David Koch, the wealthy financial backer who funds the Tea Party and other right wing antics. Scott Walker apparently believed he was really talking to David  Koch.  What resulted was Walker getting recorded admitting that he was going to start firing public employees to strong arm the Democrats to reconvene so he can push his union busting bill through. 

There are many other things revealed in this call, including manipulating protesters. Here's a direct link to the recording: 

Part one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBnSv3a6Nh4

Live Reporting from the Wisconsin Protests

Madison, Wisconsin Indymedia is offline but I'm linking to a few places to go for independent media coverage. The first link goes to the Center for Media and Democracy and they are covering breaking news for events in Madison. This website has been doing ongoing coverage for the past week of events in Wisconsin. Their link is:

http://prwatch.org/news/2011/02/9944/live-reporting-wisconsin-protests

Milwaukee, Wisconsin IMC is still online and doing open posting:

http://mke.indymedia.org

Here is some of the breaking news for today from Madison (provided by CMD):

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