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9:50 AM ET, February 15, 2014


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Detroit Free Press:
VW workers in Tennessee reject UAW in devastating defeat for union  —  CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — The UAW suffered a devastating defeat at Volkswagen's plant here as workers rejected union representation by a 712-626 margin.  —  The defeat, which came despite Volkswagen's neutrality …
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Volkswagen Vote is Defeat for Labor in South  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In a defeat for organized labor in the South, employees at the Volkswagen plant here voted 712 to 626 against joining the United Automobile Workers.  —  The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Neal E. Boudette / Wall Street Journal:
Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant  —  Volkswagen workers rejected the UAW by a vote of 712 to 626.  —  The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG 's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
UAW Loses at VW  —  Workers at a Tennessee automobile plant rejected the United Auto Workers union's bid to break into the right-to-work state on Friday.  —  The plant rejected the UAW's attempt to unionize the plant 712 to 626, despite an aggressive campaign by the labor group and the cooperation of Volkswagen.
Discussion: BizPac Review
Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant  —  (Reuters) - P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.
Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
Tennessee Volkswagen plant votes against union in UAW defeat  —  (Reuters) - In a stinging defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Obama's Tea Party Cousin Who's Running for Senate Compared President to Hitler  —  ...and he has the backing of a top national conservative group.  —  Wolf for Senate  —  Milton Wolf is a tea party Republican in Kansas challenging incumbent conservative GOP Sen. Pat Roberts …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Innovation, Optimism and Jobs  —  Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs?  Does it exacerbate income inequality?  Does it boost economic growth and productivity — without creating the jobs that ought to come with economic growth?  —  Last month I gave space to a book titled …
It's Over: Gay Marriage Can't Lose in the Courts  —  A perfect record for equality post-Windsor. … — Mildred Loving, “Loving for All”  —  Last night, only days after hearing oral arguments in the case, a Virginia federal judge struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Marriage Equality Opponents Left With Nothing But Tradition
Ed Rogers / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: The IRS, the Democrats' cat's paw  —  Encouraged by the lack of a public backlash, an uninquisitive press, cover from the White House and an eager-to-please bureaucracy, the Democrats are boldly counting on the IRS to be their political and policy enforcer.This statement …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Cruz Senate Stunt Goes Unpunished as Old Tools Don't Work  —  A growing group of Ted Cruz's Republican Senate colleagues are infuriated with his tactics.  —  So frustrated was Arizona Senator John McCain with the latest, forcing fellow Republicans to take a politically risky vote on lifting …
Charlie Cook /
Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?  —  Entering a presidential race is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another eight if she runs for reelection and wins.  —  Hillary Clinton joins Melinda Gates in a discussion at New York University on Feb. 13.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Carol Gentry / WUSF News:
Some Republicans Love Obamacare  —  By now, the Republican Party's view of the Affordable Care Act should be pretty familiar, as in this ad from David Jolly:  —  Listen  —  “I'm fighting to repeal Obamacare, right away.  It's bad for our families, and our economy.”
Valerie Jarrett / The White House:
Thank You, Edie Windsor  —  On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.  The case was United States v. Windsor, and it was filed by a woman named Edie Windsor who had to pay nearly $400,000 in federal estate taxes after her wife …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Advocate
Steve Hudak / Welcome To
FinCEN Issues Guidance to Financial Institutions on Marijuana Businesses  —  Guidance Clarifies Expectations of Financial Institutions Serving Marijuana Businesses  —  WASHINGTON, DC - The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice …
Susan Patton / Wall Street Journal:
Susan Patton: A Little Valentine's Day Straight Talk  —  Young women in college need to smarten up and start husband-hunting.  —  Another Valentine's Day.  Another night spent ordering in sushi for one and mooning over “Downton Abbey” reruns.  Smarten up, ladies.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Christie vacationing in Puerto Rico  —  Washington (CNN) - On the heels of a major winter storm that blanketed his state with snow, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent Friday at a resort in Puerto Rico with his family.  —  CNN was alerted to his whereabouts by a person who saw …
Discussion: Politico
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama ambassador nominees prompt an uproar with bungled answers, lack of ties  —  A century-old debate over whether presidents should reward political donors and allies by making them ambassadors has flared again following a string of embarrassing gaffes by President Obama's picks.
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