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Wisconsin is poised to become the 25th State to allow workers to benefit from union negotiations without paying union dues. We look at the impact—on wages, on political fundraising by organized labor and on the presidential prospects of Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker.

Also, the Iraqi military attempts to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State, and a preview of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's hotly debated address tomorrow to a joint session of Congress.

Photo: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaking at the 2015 CPAC. (Gage Skidmore)

Iraqi Military Attempts to Retake Tikrit from the Islamic State 6 MIN, 20 SEC

Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and volunteer militia began an offensive today designed to expel ISIS, the so-called Islamic State from the city of Tikrit. It's seen as a key test in advance of a much larger campaign to re-take the city of Mosul. The Pentagon has talked about the upcoming offensive in Mosul, but says it has nothing to do with today's assault on Tikrit.

Sarah Birke, Economist magazine (@sarah_birke)
Kate Brannen, Just Security (@k8brannen)

Workers, Wages and Walker 32 MIN, 8 SEC

Republican Governor Scott Walker is ready to sign a law that allows workers to benefit from union negotiations without paying union dues. And his opposition to organized labor — both public and private -- has lifted him into the top tier of GOP candidates for president.

Three years ago, Walker told reporters he would do "everything in his power" to prevent a so-called "Right to Work Law" from passing in his state. But last week in Washington he told a standing-room-only crowd the Conservative Political Action Conference, "Wisconsin will become the 25th state in America that allows workers the freedom to choose whether they want to work for a company and to be in a union or not."

Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (@danielbice)
James Taranto, Wall Street Journal (@jamestaranto‎)
Jane McAveley, Nation magazine (@rsgexp)
Charles Ballard, Michigan State University

Bice on Walker's 2012 pledge to fight right to work applying only to his first term
Taranto on what Walker and Obama have in common
Nicholas Kristoff on the cost of a decline in unions

Bibi Goes to Washington 11 MIN, 14 SEC

Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress about his views on a nuclear deal with Iran. President Obama was not consulted and won't see the Israeli Prime Minister while he's in the United States. There's been much concern about the impact on Israeli-American relations.

Today, US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, preceded Netanyahu at a convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. She spoke of commitment "rooted in shared, fundamental values, cemented through decades of bipartisan reinforcement. This partnership should never be politicized, and it cannot and will not be tarnished or broken." Echoing her words, Netanyahu assured the audience that, "I plan to speak about an Iranian regime that is threatening to destroy Israel, that is devouring country after country in the Middle East, that is exporting terror throughout the world and that's developing as we speak the capacity to make nuclear weapons. Lots of them."

Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic (@JeffreyGoldberg)
David Horovitz, Times of Israel (@davidhorovitz)

Goldberg on the danger ahead for Obama on an Iranian nuclear deal
Horovitz on Netanyahu being wrong in confronting Obama, right on Iran

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