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Morning Cup of Stimulus: Jindal vs. the Volcano Part Deux

Here's our latest morning round-up from our stimulus blog.

benderbending/Flickr; Krista Kjellman/ProPublicaRemember Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's mockery of how the stimulus would spend money on "something called volcano monitoring"? Oops.

Meanwhile, the stimulus package is providing a much needed, uh ... stimulus for the lobbying industry, reports The Washington Post. See ProPublica's graphic of stimulus lobbying topics and a list of who's hired lobbyists.

Will rules that favor union labor in stimulus construction projects limit opportunities for minorities and women? McClatchy Newspapers reports that some groups are concerned after President Obama issue a directive concerning project labor agreements. But it notes that such agreements also can open the door for minorities.

Rock-bottom bids for stimulus projects - a sign of companies eager for work or a sign of cost overruns to come?

Project of the day: $1.2 million for renovations to the Rhode Island Veterans Home.

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