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A Model for Obama?

It's always hazardous to analogize too aggressively from one election to another. But the scale of the union-led victory Tuesday in the drive to repeal Republican Gov. John Kasich's anti-collective bargaining legislation in Ohio is bound to encourage Democrats who want President Obama to pursue a class-conscious populist appeal in 2012.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Labor's Ohio Win Could Pave Way for Obama

Labor unions can only hope next year’s main event goes as well as Tuesday's dress rehearsal in Ohio.

The landslide defeat via referendum of a state law spearheaded by Republican Gov. John Kasich that curbed collective-bargaining rights of public employees instills hope in unions and their Democratic allies that they have found a template to defeat the GOP in 2012. Labor leaders say they will apply the lessons learned in the Buckeye State, a key political battleground, to a bevy of swing states that could determine the balance of power in Washington.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

What If Mitt Romney Had Been President in 2009?

That's the question posed by the former Democratic governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, in a CNBC blog in the lead-up to tonight's Michigan-based debate between the Republican primary candidates. Granholm concludes that the auto industry would have gone belly up. "When the U.S. auto companies were on the brink of collapse, Michigan native Mitt Romney went so far as to write an appalling opinion piece in The New York Times titled 'Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.' ''

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Walsh Gets Angry at Meet and Greet

Don't mess with Rep. Joe Walsh - even if you're a constituent.

Don't mess with Rep. Joe Walsh - even if you're a constituent.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Who's Who on the Super Committee -- PICTURES

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Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Huckabee Picks An Underdog in Michigan Senate Race

If you guessed Clark Durant, you'd be mistaken. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has endorsed conservative activist Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan and a major underdog in the Republican primary.

"He has boldly led on issues of life, traditional marriage, and the Fair Tax. When I needed help in Michigan in 2008, Gary didn't wait until it was convenient or popular, he stood with me out of sheer courage of his views," Huckabee said in a statement issued through his political action committee.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Bachmann Tries to Fire Up Tea Party Supporters

Looking to rally her tea party base, Michele Bachmann ramped up her rhetoric on Tuesday evening with a series of comments slamming the Occupy Wall Street movement and government benefits for the children of illegal immigrants.

As polls show Bachmann falling further behind in the race for the Republican nomination, she took part in a telephone discussion sponsored by theteaparty.net and aimed at the tea party voters who have made up the core of her political base.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Romney, Hoover, Cain and Other Business Presidents

The last time Mitt Romney ran for President I wrote about businessmen in the White House and their somewhat dubious history. Herbert Hoover was a successful mining executive, kind of a management consultant of his day, known as the doctor of sick mines.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: The Dark Side Of Social Media

The New York Times breaks down Pew's latest research into bullying and social media.

The FTC cracked down on a social network site that caters to children, the Huffington Post reports.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Net-Neutrality Debate Evokes Passion ... and Child's Play

Senators on both sides of the Internet competition debate invoked an age-old children's game on Wednesday in arguing whether rules enacted by the Federal Communications Commission in December are a government takeover of the Web or vital to protect freedom.

Republicans said the so-called net-neutrality regulations would force companies to ask the government for approval before rolling out new products or services, while Democrats said that without the rules, smaller companies and consumers would be at the mercy of Internet service providers.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 6:40pm