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Most Americans support public employee unions

Most Americans support public employee unions

Most Americans oppose laws that would take away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, as has been proposed in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll released on Wednesday. The poll found that 61 percent would oppose a law in their state similar to the proposal currently sparking mass […]

Foreclosure home sales dropped in 2010

Foreclosure home sales dropped in 2010

Sales of foreclosed homes fell in 2010 as the market struggled with weak demand, though they still represented more than a quarter of total sales, according to a RealtyTrac report released on Thursday. Sales of these distressed properties also fell in the fourth quarter, hurt by continued weakness from the expiration of the homebuyer tax […]

Health care bureaucracy: Another ‘reform’ mystery

Health care bureaucracy: Another ‘reform’ mystery

How many federal bureaucrats does it take to carry out President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul? Don’t expect to find an easy answer in his new budget. It has no line item for health care implementation, a task delegated to agencies in several government departments, each with its own procedures — and quirks — to […]

Wisconsin standoff is a national battle

Wisconsin standoff is a national battle

Organized labor is trying to re-energize and take advantage of the growing backlash from the wave of anti-union sentiment in Wisconsin and more than a dozen other states. President Barack Obama and his political machine are offering tactical support, eager to repair strained relations with some union leaders upset over his recent overtures to business. […]

Wisconsin standoff continues

Wisconsin standoff continues

Republican backers of Gov. Scott Walker‘s plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees are trying to move the explosive proposal closer to reality, even as Democrats remained on the run and protesters filled the halls of the Capitol for a second week. The Republican-controlled Assembly planned to debate and possibly vote on […]

Census shows 25 percent dying in U.S. communities

Census shows 25 percent dying in U.S. communities

Nestled within America’s once-thriving coal country, 87-year-old Ed Shepard laments a prosperous era gone by, when shoppers lined the streets and government lent a helping hand. Now, here as in one-fourth of all U.S. counties, West Virginia‘s graying residents are slowly dying off. Hit by an aging population and a poor economy, a near-record number […]

Breastfeeding: Sarah Palin’s big campaign issue?

Breastfeeding: Sarah Palin’s big campaign issue?

If Sarah Palin decides to run for President — and she keeps dropping more and more hints that she will, she may decide to turn brestfeeding of babies into a campaign issue. And it is already raising eyebrows. At an appearance in Long Island last week, one where she surprisingly actually allowed the press in […]

Democrats could lose public relations battle in Wisconsin

Democrats could lose public relations battle in Wisconsin

Eventually, the stalemate in Wisconsin will end and Democrats in Wisconsin will have to face what could easily be a  public relations loss in the battle that brought thousands upon thousands of enthusiastic demonstrators to the state capital in Madison. Even Democratic analysts say the tactic is hightailing it out of the state and hiding […]

Just three Senators needed to end Wisconsin stalemate

Just three Senators needed to end Wisconsin stalemate

To end a high-stakes stalemate over union rights that has captured the nation’s attention, a handful of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin might have to stand up to their new governor. Gov. Scott Walker made clear Sunday he won’t back off his proposal to effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Senate Democrats who […]