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1:45 AM ET, March 1, 2011

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New York Times:
Majority in Poll Back Employees in Public Sector Unions  —  As labor battles erupt in state capitals around the nation, a majority of Americans say they oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions and are also against cutting the pay or benefits …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Do over?  —  We'll have our full poll on the Wisconsin conflict out tomorrow but here's the most interesting finding: if voters in the state could do it over today they'd support defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett over Scott Walker by a a 52-45 margin.  —  The difference between how folks …
David Bailey / Reuters:
Wisconsin's Walker to absent Democrats: 24 hours to return  —  (Reuters) - Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker said on Monday that absent senate Democrats have 24 hours to return and vote on a measure to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state will miss out on opportunity to refinance its debt.
JSOnline:
Walker responds to Obama  —  By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel  —  Gov. Scott Walker on Monday afternoon responded to comments President Barack Obama made earlier in the day about the protests in Madison:  —  Walker's office issued this statement:
JSOnline:
Missing senators rely heavily on union campaign dollars  —  By Daniel Bice and Ben Poston of the Journal Sentinel  —  The 14 Wisconsin Democratic senators who fled to Illinois share more than just political sympathy with the public employees and unions targeted by Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.
Cubachi:
Gov. Walker gives Wisconsin Democrats 24 hours to return
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Fhardingj / CNN:
GOP group launches pro-Walker ad in Wisconsin
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
GOP spending plan would cost 700,000 jobs, new report says  —  A Republican plan to sharply cut federal spending this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to an independent economic analysis set for release Monday.  —  The report, by Moody's Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi …
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Fhardingj / CNN:
House Republican Leaders Vow to Defend Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Obama Backs Easing State Health Law Mandates  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to appease disgruntled governors, President Obama announced Monday that he supported amending the 2010 health care law to allow states to opt out of its most burdensome requirements three years earlier than currently permitted.
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The Hill:
Obama backtracks on health mandate, wants opt-out from start
Discussion: FrumForum
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On call, officials stress public options in health care shift
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama: Flexibility OK, but health care law remains
Discussion: The Note
Charles G. Koch / Wall Street Journal:
Why Koch Industries Is Speaking Out  —  Crony capitalism and bloated government prevent entrepreneurs from producing the products and services that make people's lives better.  —  Years of tremendous overspending by federal, state and local governments have brought us face-to-face with an economic crisis.
Charlie Sykes / 620wtmj.com:
GORDON HINTZ: “YOU ARE F'N DEAD!”  —  Last week, we heard thatState Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) had been busted in a prostitution sting. … Last Friday.... after the Assembly voted to engross the Budget Repair Bill, Hintz turned to a female colleague, Rep. Michelle Litjens and said: “You are F***king dead!”
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thenorthwestern.com:
State Rep. Gordon Hintz apologizes for comments made on Assembly floor following budget repair bill vote
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Weasel Zippers
San Francisco Chronicle:
Low-flow toilets cause a stink in SF  —  San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink.  —  Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said Tyrone Jue, spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission.
Richard White / The Sun:
Film of Galliano's racist rant in bar  —  FASHION guru John Galliano was filmed having a vile racist rant during which he declared: “I love Hitler.”  —  The British designer - an alleged Jew hater - then tells a horrified woman: “People like you would be dead.  Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed.”
USU Statesman:
Sen. Hatch says USU receives most federal dollars per capita  —  Young people will face a bleak future without Social Security benefits if Democrats continue to “overreach” their constitutional boundaries, said U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, Friday, in the Education Building.
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Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
UNION BLUES  —  “Fifteen million Americans bring you Edward P. Morgan and the news.”  From 1955 to 1967, that line, heard on the ABC radio network every weeknight at 7 P.M., heralded the nation's best news broadcast.  Those fifteen million Americans were the members of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Weigel and News Desk
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Daily Mail:
Christian couple lose High Court battle to foster children because they are against homosexuality  —  A Christian couple morally opposed to homosexuality today lost a High Court battle over the right to become foster carers.  —  Eunice and Owen Johns, aged 62 and 65, from Oakwood, Derby …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel  —  It was the best fake Twitter account ever, deftly satirizing Rahm Emanuel, and elevating the Tweet and the f-word to the level of literature.  But the mystery writer was never revealed - until now.  —  There were many storylines in Rahm Emanuel's romp …
David Shepardson / Detroit News:
Consumer Reports: GM's Volt 'doesn't really make a lot of sense'  —  Washington — Consumer Reports offered a harsh initial review of the Chevrolet Volt, questioning whether General Motors Co.'s flagship vehicle makes economic “sense.”  The extended-range plug-in electric vehicle is on the cover …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
In Wisconsin, Flinging Blame and Citing Deadlines  —  MADISON, Wis. — Time may or may not be running out to make some crucial decisions in the Wisconsin fight over labor unions and budgets.  But the blame game is definitely coming to a boil.  —  In his two-week-long standoff with Democrats …
The Politico:
Darrell Issa probes staff; spokesman Kurt Bardella at center of controversy  —  Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the powerful Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has launched an inquiry into whether spokesman Kurt Bardella improperly shared e-mails from other reporters …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Wisconsin Capitol Building Still Closed; Other Madison Shenanigans Reported  —  Protestors outside the Wisconsin statehouse.  (photo: signejb)  —  A bit more on the fast-moving story in the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin:  —  • Clearly Scott Walker and the Capitol police …
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Kolbermann / FOK News Channel:
New York Times Punk'd By Anti-Union Plant (Updated)  —  Few news stories better spoke to the destruction of union solidarity and the realization that even those public employees collectively bargaining in Wisconsin were going to have to give something back, than the New York Times' piece …
ABCNEWS:
‘My People Love Me’: Moammar Gadhafi Denies Demonstrations Against Him Anywhere in Libya  —  U.S. Exclusive: Christiane Amanpour Sits Down for an Interview With Libya's Embattled Leader  —  REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK BY CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR  —  I interviewed Col. Moammar Gadhafi this evening …
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