Government shutdown threat looms over budget fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Senate Democrats slammed Republicans on Sunday for a “reckless” threat to shut down the government amid deepening political posturing on both sides over federal spending and the budget deficit. Read the full story.

U.S. presses Libya to halt crackdown and threatens action

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Sunday issued its strongest condemnation yet of Libya’s violent crackdown on protesters, citing what it called credible reports of hundreds of deaths and injuries and threatening to take “all appropriate actions” in response. Read the full story.

In Wisconsin, let’s party like it’s 1968

In Wisconsin, let’s party like it’s 1968

The issues were serious but the mood was cheery on Sunday among demonstrators in Wisconsin protesting an effort by the Republican governor to reduce the bargaining power of public employee unions. Protesters, marking the start of a second week of mass action, jammed inside the state Capitol’s rotunda, protected from the sleet and wet snow […]

Wisconsin senators’ absence raises questions on tactic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – As demonstrators wrangled on Saturday over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s move to weaken public unions, analysts weighed the consequences of 14 Democratic senators’ decision to flee the state to stall the bill’s consideration. Read the full story.

U.S. urges reforms, condemns violence in Libya, Bahrain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. diplomats on Sunday condemned violent crackdowns on protesters in Libya and Bahrain but stopped short of calling for a change of government in countries facing a wave of pro-democracy demonstrations. Read the full story.

Admiral Mullen visits Gulf, to urge restraint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer arrived in the turbulent Gulf region on Sunday for a week-long visit to underscore U.S. strategic ties with allies challenged by protest movements sweeping the Arab world. Read the full story.

Wisconson public employee debate puts thousands on the streets

Wisconson public employee debate puts thousands on the streets

Supporters of legislation to reduce public employee union bargaining power and benefits in Wisconsin were far outnumbered by opponents on Saturday, as the two sides shouted competing slogans but did not clash. Tens of thousands have demonstrated this week against Republican Governor Scott Walker‘s proposed legislation, which supporters say is needed to control spending and […]

The Wisconsin debate highlights chance in political process

The Wisconsin debate highlights chance in political process

As demonstrators wrangled on Saturday over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker‘s move to weaken public unions, analysts weighed the consequences of 14 Democratic senators’ decision to flee the state to stall the bill’s consideration. Their absence means the State Senate, controlled by Republicans, lacks the necessary quorum to act on the proposal. “This is seen as […]

Well, at least they agree on the beer in Wisconsin

Well, at least they agree on the beer in Wisconsin

When the two sides in Wisconsin’s bitter battle over the future of the state’s unionized public employees converged on the Capitol on Saturday for dueling rallies, the fear was trouble would break out. Instead, the day was marked by a surprising civility when the shouting stopped and the one-on-one conversations began. The slogans they had […]

Geithner: GOP spending cuts mean job losses

Geithner: GOP spending cuts mean job losses

Republicans’ bill to slash federal spending this year would hurt efforts to spur growth and create jobs, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Saturday. He was asked at a press conference following a Group of 20 meeting for his reaction to House approval of measures that will cut spending by about $61.5 billion from current […]