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2:05 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
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Lawyer for Ohio Police Union Tells Republican State Senator: ‘Funny Thing About Cops, They Hold Grudges’
Discussion: RedState
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
Josh Kraushaar / Hotline On Call:
Labor Loses Big In Ohio
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Times
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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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 …
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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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich affirms presidential intentions
Discussion: Ballot Box, GOP 12 and TPMDC
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:   Gingrich to Test 2012 Presidential Support
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich's route: 2012 path paved with questions
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
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.
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Less Drama in White House After Staff Changes  —  WASHINGTON — When Rahm Emanuel was White House chief of staff, the decision about what President Obama would say in the short address he delivers via radio and the Internet each Saturday changed so often that speechwriters would wait until Friday to write.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:   Excellent News  —  Jackie Calmes NYT piece on Bill Daley …
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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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 …
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
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: Hot Air, JSOnline 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 …
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.
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Judge Roger Vinson issues stay of own ruling  —  U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Thursday that implementation of the health law can proceed — but he gave the Obama administration just seven days to file an appeal.  —  Vinson issued a stay of his own Jan. 31 ruling that declared …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and FrumForum
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.
Mohammed Abbas / Reuters:
Gaddafi bombs oil areas, faces crimes probe  —  AL-UQAYLA, Libya (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi struck at rebel control of a key Libyan coastal road for a second day Thursday but received a warning he would be held to account at The Hague for suspected crimes by his security forces.
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.
JSOnline:
Largest unions pay leaders well, give extensively to Democrats  —  By John C. Henry, Center for Public Integrity  —  On the surface, the fight between the governor of Wisconsin and organized labor is about balancing state budgets and collective-bargaining rights.
 
 
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Discussion: Associated Press
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