Michelle Chen: From Wisconsin to Washington, Budget Cuts Draw Battle Lines

It’s remarkable how little the demonstrations in Wisconsin have to do with the budget battle that initially sparked it. The protesters today aren’t talking about program cuts, but reinvigorating a sense of economic citizenship in an age when workers and democratic government are both under siege. Amid the chants and the picket signs is a […]

HUFFPOST HILL – Jackie Speier’s Undeniable Chutzpah

Wisconsin public servants descended on their statehouse in hopes that Governor Scott Walker would retire to the Egyptian coastal resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Tim Pawlenty will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Tea Party Policy Summit, leaving the rest of the 2012 field scrambling to deliver the introductory remarks at the “Facts: Fact […]

Jeff Danziger: Wisconsin Protests

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Cynthia Dill: State Workers Getting Slammed in Maine

“We need to be honest with the Maine people. This isn’t about slamming anybody here; this is about paying your bills,” said Paul LePage, speaking about the hospital debt that had been kicking around for over a decade. The Baldacci administration had of course paid down $3.7 billion on this decades-old “bill,” but the campaign […]

POLLS: Mixed Results On Labor Unions

WASHINGTON – With protests surging in Wisconsin over a law that President Obama described as an “assault on unions,” two new surveys show very different impressions of public employee labor unions among Americans. One finds a net positive rating of unions that represent people who work for state or local governments, while the other finds […]

GOP lawmaker probes HUD pact

Judy Biggert is asking HUD’s acting inspector general to review the nondisclosure agreement. The the full story on Politico

Wisconsin Protesters Call On Obama

MADISON, WIS. — President Obama has expressed more support for the protests over Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) controversial budget proposal than perhaps any other national political figure, calling what he’s doing an “assault on unions.” But protesters in Madison, filling up the Wisconsin state Capitol, would like to see him do more: Come out and […]

U.S. launches diplomatic "surge" to end Afghan war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is mounting a “diplomatic surge” to end the war in Afghanistan even as military pressure is forcing Taliban insurgents to consider whether to break with al Qaeda, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday. Full story on Reuters