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11:20 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and TPMDC
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!’  —  U.S. Rep. Rush Holt — an actual rocket scientists, as his supporters like to tout on bumper stickers — tonight topped the IBM supercomputer Watson in a round of Jeopardy! down in Washington.  —  Holt — who was a five-time Jeopardy! …
Alison Harding / CNN:
Rep. Holt holds his own against IBM's Watson
Discussion: New York Magazine
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  —  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
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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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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Cindy Boren / The Early Lead:
Iran threatens to boycott 2012 London Olympics because of logo
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Big Government
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:   Government overlap costs taxpayers billions, GAO reports
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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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 …
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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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.
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” …
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.
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.
Patrick Poole / Pajamas Media:
PJ Tatler Exclusive: Was the U.S. a victim of an economic 9/11 in 2008?  —  Bill Gertz has an article running in this morning's Washington Times, “Financial terrorism suspected in '08 economic crash,” on a report prepared by the Department of Defense in June 2009.
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.
Sec. Hilda Solis / The Huffington Post:
At the Table  —  I was “raised union.”  —  My mother, who immigrated to the United States from Nicaragua, worked the 3 p.m. to midnight shift at a toy factory after the birth of my younger twin sisters.  She was a member of the United Rubber Workers, which later merged with the Steelworkers Union.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE MORALITY OF BUDGET CHOICES.... House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) raised an interesting rhetorical point in Tennessee over the weekend, which is worth considering in more detail. … Now, at face value, I'll gladly endorse the idea that there's a moral component to policymakers' decisions …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Fix
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
After Business and Politics, Mayor Tests Opinion  —  Over the last year, representatives of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg quietly reached out to a handful of the country's top journalists with an intriguing job offer: Divine and distill his unique brand of political philosophy and disseminate …
Discussion: The Big Picture and City Room
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.
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Can Seven Reports Be Wrong About the Risks of Spending Cuts?  GOP Says Yes … Could two independent economic reports, a liberal think tank and four bipartisan reports on debt reduction be wrong?  They all conclude that slashing federal spending this year could cause job losses and threaten the economic recovery.
 
 
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Protesters at the Wisconsin Capitol …
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Ballot Box:
House Tea Party Caucus gains fewer than a dozen House freshmen
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll shows support for organized labor
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and CBS New York
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Black lawmakers blast budget plan as step back for civil rights
Nile Gardiner / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
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Scout Prime / First Draft:
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David Roberts / Grist:
What we have and haven't learned from ‘Climategate’
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