Let Me Start: Assault on Labor

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By Hardball staff
Union workers rally outside the Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 as Senate Republicans introduced right-to-work legislation in the waning...
Union workers rally outside the Capitol in Lansing, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 as Senate Republicans introduced right-to-work legislation in the waning...
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Michigan - the birthplace of the modern labor movement - is on the verge of becoming a right-to-work state, something Democrats and unions are saying will plunge the state into political unrest. President Obama weighed in on the issue yesterday at a diesel engine plant outside of Detroit.

The president also made the case for higher taxes on the richest Americans. Meanwhile the New York Times reports many House Republicans are torn between their loyalty to their constituents - who don’t want taxes raised - and the majority of the American public at large, which favors raising taxes on the wealthy. Republicans seem to realize the inevitable: Taxes are going up - but the big questions are by how much, and on whom?

Why has the Republican party been so silent as the Supreme Court takes up the civil rights issue of our time - same-sex marriage?

Stephen Colbert is the top pick in a new poll about who should replace outgoing Sen. Jim Demint in South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley says she won’t pick a placeholder to replace Demint, but rather someone who can serve for years.

Finally, a big political question just in time for the holidays: Which political party is Santa in?

Let Me Start: Assault on Labor

Updated