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Libya: The crisis in Libya continues its circuitous escalation from the realm of popular dissent to an armed conflict that has kept the region on edge, while vividly illustrating geopolitical economics by virtue of a crude lesson in supply and demand. In the face of multiple calls from the international community, including a unanimous vote by the UN Security Council over the weekend, Khadaffy still retains power in Tripoli. Rebels and military defectors alike have united with 21st century pitchforks in hopes of ‘taking the capitol.

Wisconsin: The stalemate in Wisconsin continues today as pro-union demonstrators and Gov. Walker speed closer and closer to collision; a 2011 game of political chicken that’s left the country wondering who, if anyone, will blink first.

Oscars:

Best Picture – “The King’s Speech”
Best Director – Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
Best Actor – Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
Best Actress – Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Best Animated Feature – “Toy Story 3”
Best Original Screenplay – David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”
Best Adapted Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network”

Looking back: Today marks the 20th anniversary of the end of first Gulf War. But the man who came to symbolize another first in global conflict has moved on as well: Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S veteran of WWI has died. He was 110.

On the Daily Rundown: Steve Clemons from the New America Foundation talks Libya, Ron Brownstein from the National Journal talks President Obama vs. State Governors, and former Representatives Martin Frost and Tom Davis stop by to talk politics.

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