President Tells Unions Organizing Act Will Pass

President Barack Obama told AFL-CIO union leaders Tuesday in a videotaped address that the controversial Employee Free Choice Act will pass, signaling his full backing for legislation that makes union organizing easier.

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Tim Hortons’ profit falls in 4Q

Tim Hortons Inc. said that poor sales and store closures within its U.S. division led to an 8.6-percent drop in fourth-quarter profit for the Canadian coffee and doughnut franchisor.

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Starbucks strives for value-conscious image

Starbucks recently announced that it’s selling discounted pairings of coffee and breakfast food for $3.95, a type of promotion long used at fast-food chains. It’s the first move in an aggressive campaign to counter the widespread perception that Starbucks is the home of the $4 cup of coffee.

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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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