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Midweek briefing …

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., is listed among “the losers” in the postmortem of last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference. And it wasn’t so much for the message that Mr. Santorum delivered but for the audience reception. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza notes the CPAC ballroom was less than two-thirds full. Consider it a metaphor for Santorum’s GOP presidential nomination odds. … New Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has left organized labor reeling in his state. He’s announced a broad plan to rein in the cost of unionized public employees, including limiting the scope of collective bargaining to wages alone, calling for them to contribute twice as much to their health care and pensions and requiring annual votes by the rank and file to reauthorize their union representation. It should be a model for every state. … Don’t look now but China is making a serious play to capture commerce in Central and South America. The Financial Times quotes Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as saying the Chinese have a “quite advanced” proposal to link Colombia’s Atlantic and Pacific coasts by rail. The 491-mile line would directly compete with the Panama Canal and comes amid fears that a canal widening project will raise tolls. Stay tuned.

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