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12:30 PM ET, March 3, 2011

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Wall Street Journal:
Ohio Vote Puts Curbs on Unions in Reach  —  Ohio state senators narrowly approved a bill that would prohibit public-employee unions representing 400,000 state and local workers from bargaining over health benefits and pensions, while also eliminating the right to strike.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Wisconsin Poll: Support for Budget Cutting, Not for Weakening Collective Bargaining Rights  —  Most Wisconsin voters oppose efforts to weaken collective bargaining rights for union workers but a plurality are supportive of significant pay cuts for state workers.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Ohio's Radical Anti-Union Bill Also Has A Hidden Provision To Deny Equal Rights To Same-Sex Couples
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Daily Dish
Joe Guillen / Plain Dealer:
Ohio Senate Republicans pass collective bargaining overhaul by narrowest margin; bill moves to the Ohio House
iowahawk:
Longhorns 17, Badgers 1  —  Please pardon this brief departure from my normal folderol, but every so often a member of the chattering class issues a nugget of stupidity so egregious that no amount of mockery will suffice.  Particularly when the issuer of said stupidity holds a Nobel Prize.
Wall Street Journal:
Poll Finds Support Lacking for Entitlement Reductions  —  WASHINGTON— Less than a quarter of Americans support making significant cuts to Social Security or Medicare to tackle the country's mounting deficit, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, illustrating the challenge facing lawmakers …
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Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Daniels's ‘Truce’ Call Finds Strong Support in WSJ Poll
Kara Spak / Chicago Sun Times:
Northwestern University defends after-class live sex demonstration  —  More than 100 Northwestern University students watched as a naked 25-year-old woman was penetrated by a sex toy wielded by her fiancee during an after-class session of the school's popular “Human Sexuality” class.
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The Daily Northwestern:
Class sex toy demonstration causes controversy
Kenneth T. Walsh / US News:
Obama Says Race a Key Component in Tea Party Protests  —  In a new book, President Obama talks candidly about race and the presidency  —  African-Americans have been an integral part of the White House since it was built in part by slaves.  In Family of Freedom: Presidents and African Americans …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Soldier Faces 22 New WikiLeaks Charges  —  WASHINGTON — The Army announced 22 additional charges on Wednesday against Pfc. Bradley Manning, the military intelligence analyst who is accused of leaking a trove of government files to WikiLeaks a year ago.  —  The new charges included …
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David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
Soldier in WikiLeaks case charged with aiding the enemy
Washington Times:
Obama is enabling jihad  —  U.S. interests sacrificed in favor of radical Islam  —  Al Qaeda and Iran are cheering on the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East, so why does the Obama administration think the Islamic extremists are losing?  —  On Tuesday at a Pentagon press briefing …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
Reality leads US to temper its tough talk on Libya
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Tea party leader: John Boehner should go  —  A national tea party group is in revolt against House Speaker John Boehner and wants to see him defeated in a 2012 primary, arguing that he looks “like a fool” in the debate over spending cuts and makes less sense than actor Charlie Sheen.
Discussion: The Note and Outside the Beltway
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ABCNEWS:
Frankfurt Airport Shooting an Act of Islamic Terror, European Officials Say  —  Suspect, 21, Accused of Killing Two U.S. Servicemen in Germany; Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ During Attack  —  Authorities in Europe are calling the shooting at a Frankfurt, Germany, airport that claimed the lives …
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Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
‘This is my favourite killer outfit’: Face of Kosovan Muslim alleged to have shot dead …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE REPUBLICAN RAISES SPECTER OF IMPEACHMENT.... Late last week, disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who knows a little something about the practice, raised the prospect of presidential impeachment.  The Republican, perhaps best known for leading the crusade against President Clinton …
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Meredith Jessup / The Blaze:
ARE THEY SERIOUS?  ‘SHARIAH 4 AMERICA’ GROUP CALLS FOR ‘BURKHA’ ON STATUE OF LIBERTY  —  As we've reported, controversial UK Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary has called on Muslims to “rise to implement the Shari'ah in America,” starting with a planned demonstration in front of the White House on Thursday.
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
UK Cleric's “Shariah 4 America” …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Giffords on list of endangered Dems  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee included Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on its list of the most vulnerable incumbents, released Thursday.  —  As Giffords remains in a Houston hospital, where she is recovering from the gunshot wound …
Pigeon O'Brien / The Huffington Post:
How the Edwards Affair Ended Up in the Enquirer  —  Lisa Druck was trouble.  You'd run into her at Nell's where we all tended to hang out and she'd be in a panic.  Some guy would be running from her, taxiing quickly to another club.  She'd storm the bathrooms and you could hear her voice …
Stephen Gutowski / The Blast:
Anthony Weiner Berates, Belittles, and Insults Megyn Kelly During Interview  —  This all started off as an interview about whether or not Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from any future Supreme Court cases involving obamacare.  However, after Megyn Kelly pressed Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Teachers Wonder, Why the Scorn?  —  The jabs Erin Parker has heard about her job have stunned her.  Oh you pathetic teachers, read the online comments and placards of counterdemonstrators.  You are glorified baby sitters who leave work at 3 p.m. You deserve minimum wage.
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
CUNY Adjusts Amid Tide of Remedial Students  —  The City University of New York has long spent much of its energy and resources just teaching new students what they need to begin taking college-level courses.  —  But that tide of remedial students has now swelled so large …
Discussion: American Power
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Videos a weapon in Wisconsin fight  —  Stung by allegations of incendiary, racist and homophobic rhetoric at tea party rallies last year, conservative activists with flipcams and camera phones have circulated at the union protests sprouting up across the country in hopes of catching violent …
John C. Henry / The Center for Public Integrity:
Scores of Union Leaders Earn Six-Figure Salaries … On the surface, the fight between the governor of Wisconsin and organized labor is about balancing state budgets and collective bargaining rights.  Behind the scenes, hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to top labor leaders …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Health Waiver Gambit  —  The White House offers the mirage of state flexibility.  —  'I am aware that I have not convinced everybody here to be a member of the Affordable Care Act fan club," President Obama told a group of Governors over the weekend, and he could have mentioned a majority of the public too.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Chased by a tiger  —  NBC/WSJ poll suggests GOP is caught between a cliff (independents who might not like deep budget cuts) and a charging tiger (a Tea Party that does)... What's popular and unpopular to cut... The poll on Wisconsin and the state budget battles …
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm Emanuel meets fake Twitter Rahm, says phony right on target  —  Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel admitted Wednesday that there were times, after a long day on the campaign trail, that he would read the profane diatribes of his alter-ego on @MayorEmanuel.com and think to himself, “My sentiments exactly!”
Discussion: Washington Post
 
 
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American Prospect:
Intimidating Muslims One Shariah Ban at a Time
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
No glory for governors trying to do the right fiscal thing
Discussion: Daily Kos and Suburban Guerrilla
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Petraeus apologizes for NATO strike that reportedly killed nine Afghan children
Discussion: Danger Room and AOL News
Democracy Now:
Idaho Students Stage Walkout to Oppose Teacher Layoffs, Collective Bargaining Curbs
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Wife's Charity Offers Corporate Tie to a Governor
Discussion: Wonkette and AOL News
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘I love collective bargaining’
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Federalism For Some, Miniature American Flags For Others
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Bipartisan Senate duo wants Medicare to make payments to doctors public
Discussion: Wonk Room and Balloon Juice
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox News Takes Two Potential Candidates Off Air
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Sarah Palin's bizarre view of the First Amendment
Discussion: Blogcritics, Weigel and Taylor Marsh