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1:25 PM ET, February 15, 2014

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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Volkswagen Vote is Defeat for Labor in South  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In a defeat for organized labor in the South, employees at the Volkswagen plant here voted 712 to 626 against joining the United Automobile Workers.  —  The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen …
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Detroit Free Press:
VW workers in Tennessee reject UAW in devastating defeat for union  —  CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — The UAW suffered a devastating defeat at Volkswagen's plant here as workers rejected union representation by a 712-626 margin.  —  The defeat, which came despite Volkswagen's neutrality …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Auto workers reject union in Tennessee  —  Employees at a Volkswagon plant in Tennessee have rejected joining the United Automobile Workers union in a major defeat for organized labor in the South.  —  The workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga voted 712-626 to stay out of the union …
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Neal E. Boudette / Wall Street Journal:
Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant  —  Volkswagen workers rejected the UAW by a vote of 712 to 626.  —  The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG 's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Reuters:
Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant  —  (Reuters) - P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.
Associated Press:
Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen factory reject United Auto Workers union  —  July 31, 2012: An employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.AP  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation …
Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
Tennessee Volkswagen plant votes against union in UAW defeat  —  (Reuters) - In a stinging defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen …
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
UAW Loses at VW
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
High cost of an ego trip  —  Very few Americans know how close the country came to catastrophe this week.  —  The final tally shows that the Senate voted by a wide margin Wednesday, 67 to 31, to break Sen. Ted Cruz's filibuster of an increase in the debt limit, thus avoiding a default on the United States' full faith and credit.
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Innovation, Optimism and Jobs  —  Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs?  Does it exacerbate income inequality?  Does it boost economic growth and productivity — without creating the jobs that ought to come with economic growth?  —  Last month I gave space to a book titled …
Ed Rogers / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: The IRS, the Democrats' cat's paw  —  Encouraged by the lack of a public backlash, an uninquisitive press, cover from the White House and an eager-to-please bureaucracy, the Democrats are boldly counting on the IRS to be their political and policy enforcer.This statement …
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Arizona Republic:
FONT:  —  The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team  —  A Pinal County inmate looking to spend some time with his valentine was taken into custody more than three hours after he escaped from jail earlier Friday.  —  Officials said Joseph Andrew Dekenipp, 40, was arrested without incident …
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Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Actress Ellen Page: “I am gay”  —  Coming out in Hollywood  —  (CNN) — Hollywood actress Ellen Page, known for her role in the movie “Juno,” announced she is gay, in a very public way.  —  Page broke the news during an emotional speech Friday in a crowded conference hall in Las Vegas, her publicist confirmed to CNN.
 
 
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