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8:40 AM ET, March 7, 2011


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Wall Street Journal:
Democrats to End Union Standoff  —  Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass …
Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin Democrats May Return Soon  —  The leader of the 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats who left the state last month to block legislation that would curb public-employee union rights said the senators plan to return “in the relatively near future,” because negotiations with the governor have failed.
The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute:
HIGHLY POLARIZED WISCONSINITES SPLIT OVER WALKER PLAN  —  Substantial support expressed for compromise  —  Wisconsinites are deeply divided over Gov. Scott Walker's plans regarding public employee benefits, wages and unions, according to a Wisconsin Policy Research Institute poll showing 51 percent somewhat …
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Wisconsin Dems Deny WSJ Report Of Imminent Return  —  Wisconsin state Senate Democrats, who have fled the state in order to block budget quorum on Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union proposals, are walking back reports in the Wall Street Journal that they plan to return to the state.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Talks to Resolve Wisconsin Battle Falter  —  CHICAGO - Talks appear to have broken down between Wisconsin's Democratic state senators and representatives of Gov. Scott Walker, whose plan to cut collective bargaining rights and benefits for public workers has created a major battle in the state …
Discussion: The Page
David Carr / New York Times:
The Fading Power of Beck's Alarms  —  Almost every time I flipped on television last week, there was a deeply angry guy on a running tirade about the conspiracies afoot, the enemies around all corners, and how he alone seemed to understand what was under way.
Jason Millman / The Hill:
Number of healthcare reform law waivers climbs above 1,000  —  The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
White House to Muslims ahead of Rep. King hearings: Terror threat ‘real’  —  President Obama's deputy national security adviser told a Muslim audience Sunday that the threat of homegrown terrorism is “real” and that Muslim Americans are part of the solution, not the problem.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Degrees and Dollars  —  It is a truth universally acknowledged that education is the key to economic success.  Everyone knows that the jobs of the future will require ever higher levels of skill.  That's why, in an appearance Friday with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, President Obama declared that …
Robert Fisk / The Independent:
America's secret plan to arm Libya's rebels  —  Obama asks Saudis to airlift weapons into Benghazi  —  Desperate to avoid US military involvement in Libya in the event of a prolonged struggle between the Gaddafi regime and its opponents, the Americans have asked Saudi Arabia if it can supply weapons to the rebels in Benghazi.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and HotAirPundit
The Huffington Post:
Bill Daley, White House Chief Of Staff, Pressed About Lack Of Jail Time For Wall Street Culprits … WASHINGTON — White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley declined on Sunday to bring the president into the debate over why no major player in the collapse of the financial system in 2008 has gone to jail.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Russell Berman / The Hill:
White House lavishes praise on Huntsman's support for Obama
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
McConnell lashes out at White House: 'Where's the leadership?'
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Politico
Christian Longo / New York Times:
Giving Life After Death Row  —  EIGHT years ago I was sentenced to death for the murders of my wife and three children.  I am guilty.  I once thought that I could fool others into believing this was not true.  Failing that, I tried to convince myself that it didn't matter.
Discussion: Feministe and TalkLeft
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
How Boehner is playing the Democrats  —  Richard Nixon espoused what he called “the madman theory.”  It's a negotiating approach that induces the other side to believe you are capable of dangerously irrational actions and leads it to back down to avoid the wreckage your rage might let loose.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Balloon Juice
John / Power Line:
A Blast From the Past, and Maybe the Future  —  Does this news story bring back memories, or what?  Iran is arranging to buy yellowcake in Africa: … Iran, of course, takes the long view.  That report should be read in tandem with the Jerusalem Post's story titled “New Evidence of Iran's Nuclear Ambitions.”
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Alexander on Trump: 'He's famous for being famous,' won't be president  —  Add Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to the bipartisan list of skeptics who don't think real estate Donald Trump has a chance of winning the 2012 Republican nomination for president, much less the presidency.
Discussion: The Politico and HotAirPundit
Trump adviser heads to Iowa Monday
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Tennessee Democrats Call Collective Bargaining Repeal ‘Fascism,’ ‘Terrorism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and RedState
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
After rocky start, GOP leaders and freshmen step up communication
Discussion: The Politico
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Discussion: Politicususa