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* Good stuff from Steve Benen on a new trend that’s all the rage on the right and bears watching: Calling for the elimination of public schools — er, sorry, government-run schools.

* Eric Cantor issues a toughly-worded statement saying the budget talks have hit the skids, and that Dems will be to blame for a government shutdown, another sign that Republicans are going to intensify pressure on Senate Dems to keep moving their way on budget cuts.

* Professor William Cronon, whose emails are being sought by the Wisconsin GOP, wonders when Republicans started looking favorably on using state power to pry into the private lives of critics.

* Chris Bowers on how the Wisconsin Republicans’ claim that Cronon is trying to intimidate them shows that the “conservative persecution complex knows no bounds.”

* Paul Krugman, an academic himself, explains why the demand for Cronon’s emails is so intrusive, and gives us a thumbnail sketch of who Cronon is.

* I’d always wondered why Atrios started out writing anonymously (though he’s probably explained it before and I missed it), but today he explains it in light of the attack on Cronon.

* More Wisconsin GOP follies: Republicans officially publish the law rolling back bargaining rights, despite a temporary restraining order barring its publication.

* Bill Kristol calls on conservatives to stop criticizing Obama on Libya, and to “give war a chance.”

* Wars cost money.

* Jonah Goldberg responds to Kevin Drum and yours truly.

* More great work from Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, this one knocking down the myth of “Obamacare” and the rising cost estimates.

* Jonathan Cohn on how the repeal of health reform would be far more akin to a decision made by a real death panel than anything imagined by the original practitioners of the term.

* Adam Serwer on how the latest conservative chortling over Obama’s modest shift on Mirandizing terror suspects is rooted in complete fiction.

* Conservative media continue inventing an alternate reality in which public employee bargaining rights are not clearly supported by the American people.

* I’m not quite sure what it says about Sarah Palin that the primary threats to her presidential ambitions come from Donald Trump and Michele Bachmann, but it certainly isn’t anything too flattering.

* It’s official: Jason Linkins reports that the Koch prank caller is running for Congress in New York on the Green Party line, though this could always be a prank, too.

* And who says Newt Gingrich is not likeable enough to be president? As Gingrich points out, Nixon got elected president, too.

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Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.

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