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A free enterprise think tank in Michigan -- backed by some of the biggest names in national conservative donor circles -- has made a broad public records request to at least three in-state universities with departments that specialize in the study of labor relations, seeking all their emails regarding the union battle in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, TPM has learned.

According to professors subject to the request, filed under Michigan's version of the Freedom Of Information Act, the request is extremely rare in academic circles. An employee at the think tank requesting the emails tells TPM they're part of an investigation into what labor studies professors at state schools in Michigan are saying about the situation in Madison, Wisc., the epicenter of the clashes between unions and Republican-run state governments across the Midwest.

One professor subject to the FOIA described it as anti-union advocates "going after folks they don't agree with."

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Michael Moore and Stephen Colbert couldn't agree on much of anything last night, as they repeatedly tried to correct each other throughout an interview on the Colbert Report.

"Why are public sector unions attacking Republican governors around the United States?" Colbert asked at the start of the interview.

"I think it's the other way around," Moore began.

"That's not how I framed it," Colbert interjected.

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Jon Stewart was befuddled last night by a report that General Electric had paid no federal taxes in 2010 despite many commentators' claims that an oppressive corporate tax rate was killing jobs in America.

"But I thought the corporate tax rate had to be lowered?" Stewart asked. "And I'm not sure you can lower it from nothing."

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Republicans Upset With Obama's Regime Change Remarks CNN reports: "When U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday it would be wrong to seek regime change in Libya by force, Republican lawmakers took issue -- saying removing Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi is and should be precisely the goal."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. He will depart from the White House at 1 p.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 1:15 p.m. ET, arriving at 2:05 p.m. ET in New York, NY. He will deliver remarks at 4:45 p.m. ET, at the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building. He will deliver remarks at a DNC event at 7 p.m. ET , and at another DNC event at 9:05 p.m. He will depart from New York at 10:10 p.m. ET, arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 11 p.m. ET, and arrive back at the White House at 11:10 p.m. ET.

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1||February 18, 2011: Barack Obama talks on the phone with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon about developments in the Middle East, while backstage at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||January 28, 2011: Obama watches a televised speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Outer Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||February 10, 2011: Obama boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||February 23, 2011: Obama walks along the Colonnade of the White House with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after making a statement on the situation in Libya.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||February 11, 2011: Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have lunch in the Oval Office Private Dining Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||February 8, 2011: Obama greets members of the National Policy Alliance before a meeting in the White House's Roosevelt Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||February 11, 2011: Obama reviews his prepared remarks on the situation in Egypt in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||March 20, 2011: Obama is briefed on the situation in Libya during a secure conference call in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||February 3, 2011: Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper during the President's daily briefing in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||February 5, 2011: Puneet Talwar -- National Security Council senior director for Iraq, Iran and the Gulf States -- briefs Obama in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||March 19, 2011: Obama in Brasilia, Brazil, works on his statement on Libya with (from left) chief of staff Bill Daley, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communication.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

12||February 4, 2011: Obama prepares for a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

13||February 6, 2011: Obama with (from left) speechwriter Jon Favreau, senior advisor David Plouffe and speechwriter Jonathan Lovett in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

14||February 10, 2011: Obama boards Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, following a trip to Marquette, Mich.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

15||February 10, 2011: Obama greets patrons and employees during a stop at Donckers in Marquette, Mich.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

16||February 16, 2011: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney before his first press briefing.||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

17||February 15, 2011: Obama and former President George H.W. Bush in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

18||March 16, 2011: Obama talks with Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan from the Treaty Room office in the White House Residence.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

19||February 10, 2011: Obama at Donckers in Marquette, Mich.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

20||February 1, 2011: Obama talks on the phone with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

21||February 15, 2011: Obama and guests listen as Yo-Yo Ma plays with the Marine Band String Quartet in the Grand Foyer of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

22||February 18, 2011: Obama waves to workers during a tour of the microprocessor manufacturing facility at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

President Obama delivered a clear and determined defense of his decision to authorize U.S. military-led air strikes in Libya, stressing that he could not allow an impending massacre in the country to occur but would not use military might to topple Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from power.

The speech, delivered Monday night, was cloaked in broad statements about American values and U.S. responsibilities to support democratic movements against brutal and repressive regimes.

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The White House has released the text of President Obama's address on Libya, as prepared for delivery. Here's the full text:

Good evening. Tonight, I'd like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya - what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.

I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism. They have moved with incredible speed and strength. Because of them and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved. Meanwhile, as we speak, our troops are supporting our ally Japan, leaving Iraq to its people, stopping the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan, and going after al Qaeda around the globe. As Commander-in-Chief, I am grateful to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families, as are all Americans.

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The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service confirmed Monday that it has temporarily put some deportations of partners in same-sex marriages on hold if they could be affected by the recent Department of Justice decision to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

Chris Bentley, Press Secretary for the USCIS said in a statement: "USCIS has issued guidance to the field asking that related cases be held in abeyance while awaiting final guidance related to distinct legal issues."

DOMA forbids the government from recognizing and granting the same rights to same-sex couples, so foreign-born partners in same-sex marriages who would otherwise be eligible for green cards frequently get deported.

The DOJ announced last month that part of DOMA is unconstitutional and it would no longer defend it in court.

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Few would have bet, back in late 2007, that by 2011 Barack Obama would make common cause with key architects and supporters of the Iraq war -- including Hillary Clinton adviser Michael O'Hanlon, and Paul Wolfowitz, a neocon godfather who needs no introduction -- over a regime change mission in another Muslim country.

The odds on that bet would have been somewhere between a lightning strike, and picking a winning bracket in this year's college basketball tournament.

But less than four years later, those counter-intuitive few would be poised for a hefty payoff.

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This post has been updated with Daniels' statement.

Now that the month-long standoff between Indiana state House Democrats and the Republicans running the Hoosier state government is over, both sides are claiming to have come out on top.

The arguments go like this: Democrats say they raised the curtain on the usually unwatched state legislature by going AWOL, turning public opinion against the majority Republicans and winning some key concessions in the House at least that will temper the way debate moves forward on key issues like education reform and the right of workers to form unions. Republicans say that with the legislative session back on track, they'll finally be able to push through significant changes to the way Indiana operates, leaving their mark on the Hoosier state as voters intended them to do.

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) released a strong statement defending his agenda from Democratic attack. The standoff was seen as putting a crimp in Daniels' presidential plans, costing him time and -- thanks to the deal struck -- a significant part of his education reform plan.

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