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3:20 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  —  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
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: The Other McCain and Weigel
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Issa Fires Staffer Who Shared E-mail Messages With Times Reporter
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Di Martino / Pundits Blog:
Issa-Leaks  —  Disturbing news out of Capitol Hill for those who work with and in media.
Discussion: The Politico
The Politico:
Darrell Issa probes staff; spokesman Kurt Bardella at center of controversy
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 …
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Scott Wong / The Politico:
Republicans latch onto GAO spending report  —  A report out Tuesday identifying billions of dollars spent on duplicative federal programs has handed fresh ammunition to Republicans fighting for deeper budget cuts.  —  “It's a big deal,” said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority …
Discussion: The Agonist
Ezra Klein:
What the GAO thinks we can do without
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Washington Post:
African Americans respond to Obama's shift on DOMA  —  When same-sex marriage was upended in California by popular vote in 2008, gay rights activists pointed to one factor: religious African Americans who came out in record numbers for President Obama but who also largely voted against the marriage proposal, according to exit polls.
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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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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.
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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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.
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
REPORT: How Koch Industries Makes Billions By Demanding Bailouts And Taxpayer Subsidies (Part 1)
Discussion: New York Observer
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi needles GOP over return of styrofoam cups
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
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
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.
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.
Juana Summers / The Politico:
Huck: Matthews melting like Sheen  —  Mike Huckabee lashed out at Chris Matthews Tuesday, comparing the MSNBC commentator to Charlie Sheen.  —  “I really do worry about Chris,” Huckabee said during an appearance on the The Dennis Prager Show.  “I think he's not quite Charlie Sheen, but he's getting close.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Official: Chris Dodd to Lead MPAA … Former Democrat Senator Christopher Dodd has been named chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, ending a long search for a leader for the movie and TV industries' primary lobbying group and trade association.
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 …
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.
 
 
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