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Kay Steiger

Kay Steiger is an associate editor at Talking Points Memo. She formerly worked at Raw Story, Washingtonian magazine, the Center for American Progress and The American Prospect. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Guardian, Jezebel, AlterNet and others. She graduated from the University of Minnesota. Contact her at kay@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Today What Unions No Longer Do author Jake Rosenfeld looks back at the power that unions used to have. He points to President Nixon's appointment of union organizer W. J. Usery Jr. to be an assistant Secretary of Labor -- something Rosenfeld says would be "unthinkable" today.

Sarah Jaffe responds, pointing out that today "attacks on labor are not just a small facet of today's conservative ideology, but central to it."

We'll be hosting a live chat (sub. req.) with Rosenfeld and Jaffe as well as with MSNBC's Ned Resnikoff and labor intellectual Rich Yeselson on Friday at noon.

Today is the 11th anniversary of the commencement of U.S. combat operations in Iraq. Seth D. Michaels looks back, what have we learned? And what haven't we?

Dylan Scott looks at legislation passed in Georgia that bans health insurance for state employees and insurance plans sold through the state-based Obamacare exchange from offering coverage from abortion care. It turns out, this is actually part of the design of Obamacare -- states are sort of encouraged to make their own rules about abortion coverage.

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Charlie Rangel really, really doesn't care for the tea party -- in an interview with NY1 he said the tea party dominates in "those red states, they’re the same slave-holding states."

It's really too bad ex-Louisianan David Kurtz isn't here today to write about Edwin Edwards' bid for Congress. The famed ex-con governor and failed reality TV star did an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd in which he claimed he totally would have voted for Obama in 2012 -- if he hadn't been convicted.

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Sahil Kapur has a good look at what has happened after modest filibuster reform in the Senate. Despite all the dire predictions that the Senate would just become a rubber stamp for Obama's liberal agenda, two failed nominees proves that it hasn't.

Today at TPM Cafe Book Club, What Unions No Longer Do author Jake Rosenfeld talks about how, if we really want to fight the war on poverty, we need to rebuild the labor movement. Ned Resnikoff responds, calling back to some of labor's earlier disruptive tactics.

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