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12:15 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
UAW Loses at VW  —  Workers at a Tennessee automobile plant rejected the United Auto Workers union's bid to break into the right-to-work state on Friday.  —  The plant rejected the UAW's attempt to unionize the plant 712 to 626, despite an aggressive campaign by the labor group and the cooperation of Volkswagen.
Discussion: BizPac Review
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 …
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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Valerie Jarrett / The White House:
Thank You, Edie Windsor  —  On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.  The case was United States v. Windsor, and it was filed by a woman named Edie Windsor who had to pay nearly $400,000 in federal estate taxes after her wife …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Advocate
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Obama's Tea Party Cousin Who's Running for Senate Compared President to Hitler  —  ...and he has the backing of a top national conservative group.  —  Wolf for Senate  —  Milton Wolf is a tea party Republican in Kansas challenging incumbent conservative GOP Sen. Pat Roberts …
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