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10:10 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 …
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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
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 …
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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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.”
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Cathy Horyn / New York Times:
Natalie Portman Condemns Galliano
Discussion: PopEater
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol …
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Bill Gates / Washington Post:
How teacher development could revolutionize our schools
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll shows support for organized labor
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and Hot Air
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
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