Blue Dogs Seek Senate Cover on Card Check

Kevin Bogardus reports in TheHill.com that Democratic leaders in the House and Senate may have the upper chamber strike first on a controversial labor bill, which would protect conservative Blue Dog Democrats from a tough vote.

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Md. Appeals Court Protects Anonymous Web Posters

Maryland’s Court of Appeals today issued a decision protecting the identity of three anonymous Internet posters and, for the first time, offering guidelines for state courts to follow in libel cases before unmasking online commenters.

The opinion and instructions stem from a defamation lawsuit filed by Eastern Shore developer Zebulon Brodie against three unknown Internet posters and Independent Newspapers Inc., which runs an online community forum. The posters had written critical comments about the cleanliness of a Dunkin’ Donuts that Brodie owns in Centreville.

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Unions, employers gearing up for card check battle

The Employee Free Choice Act is a proposed Law that unions say would make it easier for them to bring unions into workplaces. It would allow workers to bypass traditional union-establishing elections if a majority sign cards that would authorize a union, a process known as card check. Business owners say it will be a game changer and not for the good.

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Small biz taxes: What’s in store

“States are getting slammed, and they will have to make some ugly choices,” says James Horney, a researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C., think tank.

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McDonald’s invades Fashion Week

Fast food giant’s coffee grabs the spotlight with freebies under the tents at Bryant Park. Adrianne Paquarelli reports in Crain’s New York that Fashion designers are not the only ones debuting collections at Fashion Week. In a sign of the tough times, fast-food giant McDonald’s, which revealed its corporate sponsorship of Fashion Week earlier this…

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IFA calls on Congress for industry aid

The International Franchise Association (IFA) is urging Congress to take action to help franchised business owners weather the current economic crisis and help lead the country out of the recession.

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Starbucks Coffee, Now in Instant

Last Tuesday, the man who set out to improve Americans’ taste in coffee, unveiled instant coffee bearing the Starbucks brand. Packages of Via Ready Brew will appear in Starbucks shops in Seattle and Chicago on March 3, the same day that Starbucks will begin offering breakfast value meals in stores nationwide.

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