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Judge blocks Scott Walker’s union busting law

Judge blocks Scott Walker’s union busting law

The monthlong saga over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to drastically curb collective bargaining rights for public workers in Wisconsin took a turn Friday that could force a dramatic rebooting of the entire legislative process. A judge temporarily blocked the law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again […]

Congress sends Obama three-week spending bill

Congress sends Obama three-week spending bill

  Congress approved an additional $6 billion in spending cuts Thursday, passing legislation to keep the government running through April 8 and allow time for talks on a larger package of reductions demanded by Republicans. “The president is optimistic that Congress can get this done,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. […]

No real radiation concerns on West Coast

No real radiation concerns on West Coast

Government experts are keeping a close eye on any radioactive particles that could travel from Japan to the West Coast, but insist there’s no threat to public health. “Radiation is one of those words that get everybody scared, like `plague,’” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “But we’re 5,000 […]

Gender-neutral Bible pisses off the rabid right

Gender-neutral Bible pisses off the rabid right

  In the old translation of the world’s most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.” Make that “brother or sister” in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can […]

Palin’s downhill slide continues

Palin’s downhill slide continues

Polls continue to show America’s fascination is fading for former Alaska Gov. and failed Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. Even the Republican Party is tiring of Palin and her bombastic nature. According to a new Washington Post-ABC news poll, her ratings within the party are dropping to less than 60 percent — a massive drop […]

Vet: ‘Hurt Locker’ movie damaged my reputation’

Vet: ‘Hurt Locker’ movie damaged my reputation’

An Iraq war veteran who claims he is the basis for “The Hurt Locker” wrote in a court filing signed in Afghanistan that the movie has placed his life at risk and subjected him to ridicule about his bomb disposal prowess. “Defendants have essentially placed a bulls-eye on the back of my army uniform/bomb suit […]

Boehner’s rowdy Republican problem

Boehner’s rowdy Republican problem

House Speaker John Boehner‘s standing with the troublesome crop of new Republicans in the House is so weak that the embattled leader had to turn to Democrats to win approval of a new stopgap spending bill this week. Boehner’s sudden willingness to work with the other side shows how deep the split is between the […]

Did Obama get his facts straight on schools?

Did Obama get his facts straight on schools?

President Barack Obama declared this week that four of five public schools could be labeled as “failing” this year under the No Child Left Behind Act if Congress does not take action to rewrite the law. “That’s an astonishing number,” he said Monday at a Virginia middle school. “We know that four out of five […]

Patraeus supports Afghan war troop drawdown

Patraeus supports Afghan war troop drawdown

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan insists the military can boost Afghan security forces to fight the Taliban, begin a troop drawdown this summer and fulfill President Barack Obama‘s goal of a long-term partnership with the Kabul government. Facing a skeptical Congress and a war-weary public, Army Gen. David Petraeus is trying to build support […]

Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic?

Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic?

Barack Obama rode a wave of voter passion in 2008 fed largely by intense dislike of President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, plus excitement among young and minority voters at the notion of electing the nation’s first black president. Now, as Obama cranks up his re-election campaign, all those factors are absent. The […]