Today on the Dish, mercenaries attacked protesters and defected military, we gawked at cuckoo Qaddafi (the short version), and our jaws dropped as he rambled on. We weighed options for what the international community could do, Andrew balked at Wolfowitz's calls for a no-fly zone over Libya, and Larison argued against it. Andrew Solomon itemized Qaddafi's mistakes, and Evgeny Morozov fingered why social networks can be dangerous when governments don't fall. The first Western journalist entered Libya, John Barry enlightened us about "coup-proofing," and Andrew Barwig cautioned us to examine future electoral reform. The 1848 analogy gained steam, we previewed Iraq's day of rage, and full coverage from the long and violent weekend is here.

Andrew called Walker on his campaign promises to end collective bargaining for public sector unions, and found serious flaws in his budget. Ezra Klein asked if the GOP's hardball would pay off, Andrew called it over-reach, and Will Wilkinson questioned the left's back-up plan. The National Review offered a platform to the ever-incendiary Breitbart, and Rush Limbaugh went there. Maryland moved closer to marriage equality, Bruce Barlett examined tax trends, and Sanchez rebutted Andy McCarthy on Patriot Act wiretaps. Noah Millman chose foodie curiosity, and Felix Salmon raised renting over ownership as the next American Dream. Palin liked herself on Facebook, the Internet betrayed its partisanship, and Andrew unpacked her lies about reading all the newspapers.

Memo of the day here, quotes for the day here, here, and here, the future of eco-trash here, MHB here, FOTD here, VFYW here, and VFYW contest winner #38 here.

--Z.P.

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