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1:00 PM 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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
A peek under the hood of the NYT/CBS poll  —  Allahpundit did a great job last night of dissecting the latest NYT/CBS poll based on its results from CBS' reporting.  The survey found that a large majority of their respondents support keeping current collective bargaining rights in the public sector …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin closely divided, but against Walker  —  There are two conclusions we can make from our poll on the Wisconsin conflict: the state is very closely divided, but it leans slightly to the union side of things rather than Scott Walker's on pretty much every question we asked.
Ezra Klein:   Unions polling well, Scott Walker polling poorly
Wall Street Journal:
A Union Education  —  What Wisconsin reveals about public workers and political power.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Do over?  —  We'll have our full poll on the Wisconsin conflict …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
People Like Public Employees
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Jumps In: First 2012 GOP Nominee  —  Sources: Former House Speaker Will form 2012 Exploratory Comm.  —  The 2012 presidential campaign is about to get its first big-name Republican.  —  ABC News has learned that Newt Gingrich will make the leap this week.
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Gingrich to Make It Official: He's ‘Exploring’ Presidential Campaign  —  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., will formally declare his interest in the 2012 presidential campaign this week.  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will launch a presidential ‘exploratory’ campaign this week …
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 and Shakesville
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Michael Symons / Capitol Quickies:
Rep. Rush Holt beats IBM's Watson in ‘Jeopardy!’
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem senator: Senate has accepted House GOP spending plan  —  As House and Senate leaders haggle over ways to avoid a government shutdown, a Democratic senator said the Republicans' short-term spending bill - including billions of dollars in cuts - has been largely accepted by upper-chamber Democrats.
Discussion: The Note
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Speaker Boehner to Brody File: Preparing For “one giant fight over the future for our country.”  —  Speaker John Boehner tells The Brody File that when it comes to issue over the budget and raising the debt ceiling he is preparing for “one giant fight over the future for our country.”
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner likens state budgets to hostages with machine guns at head
Discussion: FrumForum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE MORALITY OF BUDGET CHOICES.... House Speaker John Boehner …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Fix
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.
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Richard White / The Sun:
Film of Galliano's racist rant in bar
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Barbour: ‘RomneyCare’ bad for states  —  Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) on Tuesday piled on the Massachusetts healthcare program critics have dubbed “RomneyCare.”  —  Barbour, a possible Republican candidate for president, said in congressional testimony that while it was the right …
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.
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway  —  The U.S. government has 15 different agencies overseeing food-safety laws, more than 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development.  —  These are a few of the findings in a massive study of overlapping …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Chatter grows over possible John Edwards indictment  —  Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) faces growing chatter about facing a possible indictment on campaign finance charges.  —  The New York Times reported Tuesday that Edwards may soon face charges stemming from his affair during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Discussion: WBTV-TV
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
Edwards Lies Low, but That Won't Last
Discussion: The BLT
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 …
Chris Chase / Yahoo! Sports:
Iran threatens London boycott over ‘racist’ Olympic logo  —  Iran is threatening to boycott of the 2012 London Olympics because it claims the official logo for the games resembles the word “Zion,” which is a biblical term for Jerusalem.  —  Bahram Afsharzadeh, the secretary-general …
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New York Magazine:
Frank Rich Joins New York Magazine  —  Frank Rich is joining New York Magazine, beginning in June.  Rich will be an essayist for the magazine, writing monthly on politics and culture, and will serve as an editor-at-large, editing a special monthly section anchored by his essay.
Bob Woodward / Foreign Policy:
How Rumsfeld misleads and ducks responsibility in his new book  —  Few people know the ins and outs of the Bush Administration as well as the Washington Post's Bob Woodward, who is flat-out disgusted with the evasions and elisions in Donald Rumsfeld's new book.  Here he explains why:  —  By Bob Woodward
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Oliver Willis
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
ANSWER THIS: ANDREW SULLIVAN  —  Andrew Sullivan has achieved the hat trick of Washington journalism: author, editor, blogger.  And he's adding another item to his long and diverse résumé, announcing this week that he's leaving The Atlantic and taking his blog to the new Daily Beast/Newsweek venture in April.
Justin C. Worland / The Harvard Crimson:
Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Minister in Memorial Church, Dies at Age 68  —  Reverend Peter J. Gomes, who oversaw Memorial Church for the past three and a half decades, died Monday evening after suffering a brain aneurysm and heart attack.  He was 68.  —  His death was announced in an e-mail …
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.
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” …
 
 
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