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4:55 PM ET, March 10, 2009

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Wall Street Journal:
Labor Bill Faces Threat in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Key Senate Democrats are wavering in their support of legislation that would give more power to labor unions, dealing a setback to labor's top priority as businesses warn of the damage the bill would cause.
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The Huffington Post:
Ben Nelson Opposes Employee Free Choice Act  —  Ben Nelson will once again be playing a key role in Senate negotiations over a major legislative drive.  The centrist Nebraska Democrat told reporters Tuesday afternoon that he does not currently support the Employee Free Choice Act —
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Citi Downgrades Stock Rating on Wal-Mart, Panics Market Over Employee Free Choice  —  Who owns you, Blanche?  —  Today Citigroup lowered its rating on Wal-Mart from a buy to a hold because of the Employee Free Choice Act, “citing concern that legislation intended to make it easier for employees …
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMDC
Jonathan Tasini / The Huffington Post:   Democratic Senators: Mess With EFCA, Face A Primary
The Hill:
A Vote for Cloture is a vote against the Secret Ballot
Discussion: The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MAYBE THEY WEREN'T PAYING ATTENTION.... I can appreciate why the right is angry that President Obama disagrees with conservative activists about culture-war issues.  What I don't understand is why they're so surprised. … Fidelis president Brian Burch said, “It has really been a disappointment.”
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Bob McCarty Writes:
Heroic Name Given to Photo of President Obama  —  Soon after President Barack Obama signed an executive order lifting the ban on the use federal funding of embryonic stem cells in medical research, the wizards behind the White House web site posted the photo above.
William Saletan / Slate:
You just won the stem-cell war.  Don't lose your soul.  —  Today, President Obama lifted the ban on federal funding of stem-cell research using destroyed human embryos.  If you support this research, congratulations: You won.  Now for your next challenge: Don't lose your soul.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Stem cell decision ignites right's ire  —  He called for reducing abortions and seeking common ground on one of the nation's most divisive issues — promises that led some on the right to think maybe, just maybe, Barack Obama was a different kind of Democrat.  —  But no more.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Ira Forman / The Huffington Post:
Questioning the Patriotism of Freeman's Critics  —  For 60 years, liberals have had the unenviable task of defending our loyalty and patriotism from right-wing attack dogs who claim that we hate America.  In the Jewish community, we have witnessed a parallel phenomenon.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New U.N. human rights report and America's lectures to other countries  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The Washington Post's Fred Hiatt today condemns the Obama administration generally and Hillary Clinton specifically for “continu[ing] to devalue and undermine the U.S. diplomatic tradition of human rights advocacy.”
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Washington Post:
Some Friends  —  SECRETARY OF STATE Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to devalue and undermine the U.S. diplomatic tradition of human rights advocacy.  On her first foreign trip, to Asia, she was dismissive about raising human rights concerns with China's communist government, saying …
New York Times:
Obama Calls for Overhaul of Education System  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama called for sweeping changes in American education on Tuesday, urging states to lift limits on charter schools and exhorting teachers, parents and students to embrace a renewed commitment to learning from grade school through adulthood.
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Ann Coulter and Bill Maher spar at Radio City Politico - 1 hour, 52 minutes ago  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  NEW YORK — Bill Maher couldn't have asked for a better act to follow.  —  Maher took the stage at the Radio City Music Hall Monday after Ann Coulter …
Discussion: New York Post and Weekly Standard
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The new left-wing conspiracy  —  The vast new left-wing conspiracy sets its tone every morning at 8:45 a.m., when officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups dial into a private conference call hosted by two left-leaning Washington organizations.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Franken: ‘Light at end of the tunnel’  —  Al Franken dropped by a Senate Democratic lunch Tuesday to claim “there is light at the end of the tunnel” in his ongoing Minnesota Senate race, but he ruled out being seated until pending court challenges are resolved.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor: Obama losing focus on economy  —  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) seized on the opportunity to criticize the president Tuesday for over-reaching in his first 50 days on the job.  —  Following the GOP's weekly conference meeting, the second-ranking House Republican told reporters …
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Christopher Keating / Capitol Watch:
Catholic Church Hearing Canceled Wednesday  —  Following the biggest political firestorm of the 2009 legislative session, a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday on the financial and administrative management of the Catholic Church has been canceled.  The bill is dead for the rest of the legislative session.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Josh Rogin / CQ Politics:
Obama Seeks to Delay Tanker, Cancel Bomber  —  The White House has given the Pentagon guidance to delay procurement of aerial refueling tankers by five years and cancel plans for a new long-range bomber, according to three sources close to the discussions.  —  No final decisions have been made …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Taking a Depression Seriously  —  The Democratic response to the economic crisis has its problems, but let's face it, the current Republican response is totally misguided.  The House minority leader, John Boehner, has called for a federal spending freeze for the rest of the year.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
House Dems eyeing another stimulus bill  —  House Democrats are looking at yet another economic stimulus bill beyond the $787 billion one just enacted as investors and consumers continue to show little faith in the economy.  —  At a special meeting of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee …
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Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:
The Idiot's Guide to Destroying the Economy: a 12-Step Program  —  Think destroying the mighty economy of the United States is too big a job for you?  Relax.  Anyone can do it.  A friend sent me a handy-dandy no-fuss 12-step program for wreaking financial havoc among even the world's most advanced economies.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Broadband Gap: Why Is Theirs Faster?  —  This is the first in a series of three posts looking at the lessons for the United States from broadband deployment in other countries.  —  Bits readers have a serious case of broadband envy.  I've been writing about the debate …
The Huffington Post:
LaHood Hits Back Hard Against Charges Of “Socialism,” “Obama Recession”  —  Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood hit back hard on Monday to charges from White House critics that President Barack Obama's economic policies — focused on leveraging government spending to stimulate demand …
Discussion: Big Hollywood, MyDD and Salon
 
 
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Don Lee / Los Angeles Times:
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Vaunted Obama message machine is off-key
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CNN:
House votes to create panel to plan Reagan centennial
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Luksik to oppose Specter
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