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1:35 PM ET, March 3, 2011

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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.
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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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Rasmussen: Walker Flailing
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Lawyer for Ohio Police Union Tells Republican State Senator: ‘Funny Thing About Cops, They Hold Grudges’
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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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 …
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
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Bradley Manning could face death: for what?
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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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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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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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Gingrich's 2012 move could jolt quiet field
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Front Page Magazine:
Jihad in Frankfurt  —  Posted by Robert Spencer on Mar 3rd, 2011 and filed under Daily Mailer, FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can skip to the end and leave a response.  Pinging is currently not allowed.  —  Robert Spencer is a scholar …
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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 …
Discussion: WTVD-TV and The Wire
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Excellent News  —  Jackie Calmes NYT piece on Bill Daley and David Plouffe is obviously a beet-sweetener but I assume you construct these things out of accurate facts, so I was excited to read this: … I would love to see this rule more widely implemented.  Cable news has a tiny audience.
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   Less Drama in White House After Staff Changes
People-Press.org:
Fewer Are Angry at Government, But Discontent Remains High  —  Republicans, Tea Party Supporters More Mellow  —  The public remains deeply frustrated with the federal government, but fewer Americans say they are angry at government than did so last fall.  Overall, the percentage saying …
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
Bryan Polcyn / WITI:
Government e-mails reveal plot to stall budget repair bill  —  Madison mayor tried to get bill stalled while he signed new contracts  —  Before protesters stormed the capitol, the mayor of the city of Madison tried to pull a fast one.  The governor's budget repair bill was on the fast track …
Discussion: JSOnline, Hot Air and National Review
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 …
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” …
Philly.com:
Corbett's clueless new DEP commissioner  —  OK, here's something that might even be scarier than the latest report about the dumping of “mystery liquids” in Pennsylvania's water supply.  The man that Gov. Tom Corbett is tasking to deal with the problem is utterly clueless.
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.
 
 
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Reid Wilson / NationalJournal.com:
Why Labor Is Vulnerable  —  The labor movement's difficulties …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Right Turn
BBC:
Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigns
Discussion: Online NewsHour
American Prospect:
Intimidating Muslims One Shariah Ban at a Time
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
CUNY Adjusts Amid Tide of Remedial Students
Discussion: American Power
Joe Guillen / Plain Dealer:
Ohio Senate Republicans pass collective bargaining overhaul by narrowest margin; bill moves to the Ohio House
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm Emanuel meets fake Twitter Rahm, says phony right on target
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Chris Christie: ‘I love collective bargaining’
Discussion: Associated Press
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Federalism For Some, Miniature American Flags For Others
Discussion: Yglesias