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10:20 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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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.
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 …
People-Press.org:
More Side with Wisconsin Unions than Governor  —  Obama, GOP Leaders Would Share Blame in Gov't Shutdown  —  By a modest margin, more say they back Wisconsin's public employee unions rather than the state's governor in their continuing dispute over collective bargaining rights.
Jordan Ellenberg / The Atlantic Online:
Gov. Scott Walker's Secret Weapon: The Wisconsin Veto  —  Two weeks into the collective bargaining protests in Madison, the interior of the Wisconsin state Capitol feels like a high-traffic liberal website given physical form.  It's a world of text.  Sheets of paper are affixed …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   A peek under the hood of the NYT/CBS poll
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll shows support for organized labor
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and CBS New York
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The Note:
The Note: Road To 2012: Newt Gingrich Will Launch Exploratory Committee This Week  —  After months of will-he-or-won't-he speculation, ABC News has learned that Newt Gingrich has decided to form a presidential exploratory committee and that he'll make it official before the end of the week …
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN, Roll Call and Political Insider
Ballot Box:
House Tea Party Caucus gains fewer than a dozen House freshmen
Discussion: FrumForum
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Rep. Holt beats Watson the super-computer at ‘Jeopardy!’  —  There are a lot of smart people on Capitol Hill.  But none of them can claim quite the same brainy bragging rights as Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.).  —  On Monday, Holt beat IBM's super-computer, known as Watson, at a round of “Jeopardy! …
Discussion: CNN
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Michael Symons / Capitol Quickies:
Rep. Rush Holt beats IBM's Watson in ‘Jeopardy!’
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 …
Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
Natalie Portman Condemns Galliano  —  The actress Natalie Portman, who has an endorsement contract with Dior for its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has strongly condemned its chief designer, John Galliano, for anti-Semitic remarks after a video surfaced of Mr. Galliano appearing to deliver a tirade in a Paris bar.
Discussion: The New Republic and PopEater
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Wall Street Journal:
The Democrats' Collective Bargain  —  What happens when a political party disconnects from the economy's productive sector.  —  Beneath a grayish Michigan sky, before a frozen crowd standing in the snow, a MoveOn-organized protest aims to rally support for government workers in Wisconsin.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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Cindy Boren / The Early Lead:
Iran threatens to boycott 2012 London Olympics because of logo  —  Iran is threatening to boycott the 2012 Olympic Games in London because of the Games' logo.  —  According to an Iranian official, the logo, with its blocky, abstract rendering of “2012,” is racist because it appears to spell the word …
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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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The New Normal  —  We're going to be doing a lot of deficit cutting over the next several years.  The country's future greatness will be shaped by whether we cut wisely or stupidly.  So we should probably come up with a few sensible principles to guide us as we cut.
Michelle Hunter / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Southern Decadence protest leader booked with masturbating at Metairie park  —  The Rev. Grant Storms, the Christian fundamentalist known for his bullhorn protests of the Southern Decadence festival in the French Quarter, was arrested on a charge of masturbating at a Metairie park Friday afternoon.
BBC:
German Defence Minister Guttenberg resigns over thesis  —  Mr Guttenberg said he was not able to defend himself any further  —  German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has stepped down after he was found to have copied large parts of his 2006 university doctorate thesis.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi needles GOP over return of styrofoam cups  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) marked the return of styrofoam cuts in congressional cafeterias by jabbing at the Republican majority in the House.  —  The top Democrat and former Speaker said that the House will now send 535 …
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Fhardingj / CNN:
House Republican Leaders Vow to Defend Defense of Marriage Act
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Mary Elizabeth Williams / Salon:
Is motherhood Natalie Portman's “greatest role”?  —  In her acceptance speech, the “Black Swan” star suggests that pregnancy trumps a career.  She's wrong  —  Late Sunday night, when many of us at home were praying for the sweet release of a Celine Dion-serenaded death …
Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Yemeni president says US and Israel behind unrest  —  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's embattled U.S.-backed president accused Washington on Tuesday of instigating protests against his regime, as hundreds of thousands marched in cities across Yemen in the largest rallies yet seeking the longtime ruler's ouster.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Obama offers states more flexibility in health-care law  —  President Obama sought to defuse criticism of the new health-care overhaul Monday by saying he is willing to give states an earlier opportunity to opt out of certain key requirements - but only if they can find their own ways to accomplish the law's goals.
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thenorthwestern.com:
State Rep. Gordon Hintz apologizes for comments made on Assembly floor following budget repair bill vote  —  An Oshkosh Assemblyman issued a second public apology in as many weeks Monday, the latest for comments he made on the floor of the Assembly following a vote on a contentious budget repair bill.
Kim Severson / New York Times:
Edwards Lies Low, but That Won't Last  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Over the past few weeks, people in this tight-knit university community have not seen much of John Edwards.  —  They used to.  He would hang out on a metal stool at Bowbarr, a short walk from the environmentally friendly condominium complex …
Discussion: The BLT
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Democrats call for an investigation of law firm, 3 tech companies  —  A group of House Democrats is calling on Republican leaders to investigate a prominent Washington law firm and three federal technology contractors, who have been shown in hacked e-mails discussing a “disinformation campaign” …
Scout Prime / First Draft:
This is what Dedication looks like  —  Today the Capitol was closed down to most people.  (see A's post below)  —  There were people protesting outside however.  —  I was able to enter today and by my count late in the afternoon, there were about 50 protesters still inside.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Government overlap costs taxpayers billions, GAO reports  —  You think the government redundancies President Obama recently griped about were bad?  Federal auditors found plenty more.  —  During his State of the Union address, Obama noted that 12 federal agencies or offices deal …
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 …
 
 
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Bill Gates / Washington Post:
How teacher development could revolutionize our schools
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Black lawmakers blast budget plan as step back for civil rights
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Do tyrants fear America anymore?  President Obama's timid foreign policy is an embarrassment for a global superpower
Discussion: New York Times and Right Wing News
Amy Davidson / News Desk:
Keeping Quiet About Davis
Discussion: Salon, Global Spin, TPMMuckraker and Lawfare
David Roberts / Grist:
What we have and haven't learned from ‘Climategate’
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Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish, Weigel and News Desk