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2:25 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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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
The Politico:
Darrell Issa fires press secretary Kurt Bardella in NYT e-mail flap  —  The House Oversight and Government Reform committee is firing spokesman Kurt Bardella for sharing correspondence with reporters with a New York Times journalist.  —  The move comes a day after POLITICO reported that Bardella …
Discussion: Weigel
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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 …
David Di Martino / Pundits Blog:
Issa-Leaks  —  Disturbing news out of Capitol Hill for those who work with and in media.
Discussion: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rep. Rangel: Abolishing unions' collective bargaining ‘close to slavery’  —  State governments taking steps to “abolish” collective bargaining rights for workers is similar to slavery, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) contends.  —  Speaking Monday at a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) …
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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
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: JustOneMinute, CNN and Shakesville
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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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: White House not engaged on funding extension
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi needles GOP over return of styrofoam cups
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
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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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
John Boehner: Unions Have A ‘Machine Gun’ Pointed At ‘The Heads Of Local Officials’
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Toss up in Virginia  —  The Virginia Senate race is about as much of a toss up as it could be: Tim Kaine and George Allen tie at 47% in our first poll since Jim Webb announced his retirement.  —  Kaine is slightly more popular than Allen, sporting a 46/38 favorability spread to Allen's 39/40.
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CNN:
NRSC mocks ‘Captain Kaine’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Caucus
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
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.
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.
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 …
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Exclusive: AWOL Democrats Experiencing ‘Dissension in the Ranks’  —  Fox Nation has learned exclusively from a highly placed source within Wisconsin state politics that the fourteen AWOL Democrats are experiencing “dissension in the ranks.”  State Sen. Julie Lassa (D) is pregnant and “extremely unhappy” about being on the run.
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
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Chatter grows over possible John Edwards indictment
Discussion: WBTV-TV and Sister Toldjah
James Harrison / legacy.com:
Visit Guest Book  —  James “Jim” Harrison, beloved husband of Ginger Rundlof, died Sunday, February 27, 2011, in The Woodlands, Texas, after a brief, courageous battle against lung and bone cancer.  Jim was 68 years old, born December 5, 1942.  He was preceded in death by his father W.C. Jack Harrison, and mother Bonnie Harrison.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
“All Of Us”  —  Pretty much everything about a NIMBY group complaining that a five-story building is a “mammoth” structure that will “block light and air” is ridiculous.  But the most ridiculous part is this rhetorical slippage at the end: … There's an enormous contrast here.
Discussion: EMMCA and Eschaton
 
 
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