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Badger State Showdown: Punk'd

The AP’s lead on the prank call: “On a prank call that quickly spread across the Internet, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin was duped into discussing his strategy to cripple public employee unions, promising never to give in and joking that he would use a baseball bat in his office to go after political opponents.”

The call dominated the Wisconsin newspaper front pages. The Wisconsin State Journal: “Walker: Prank won’t distract me.”

The Journal Sentinel below a banner headline of “In it for the long haul” is “Prank call lets nation hear Walker’s plans.”

The Green Bay Press-Gazette: “Walker talks tactics on prank phone call.”

The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter: “Walker tricked in prank call to discuss unions.”

Time's Joe Klein writes, "I think Scott Walker is a reflexive conservative who would probably be trying to bust his public employees' unions even if there were a budget surplus."

The Hill: “Democratic strategists believe their Tea Party moment has arrived. Working with labor unions and liberal groups, they are using the Presidents Day congressional recess to organize a public backlash against billions of dollars in cuts to federal programs.”