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Madison Protests Hit Largest Numbers On Saturday

MADISON, Wis. — Sometimes they cursed each other, sometimes they shook hands, sometimes they walked away from each other in disgust. (SCROLL DOWN FOR LIVE UPDATES) None of it – not the ear-splitting chants, the pounding drums or the back-and-forth debate between 70,000 protesters – changed the minds of Wisconsin lawmakers dug into a stalemate over Republican efforts to scrap union rights for almost all public workers. “The people who are not around the Capitol square are with us,” said Rep. Robin Vos, a Republican from Rochester and co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee. “They may have a bunch around
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Ed Schultz Tells Limbaugh: ‘Wrap Your Fat Ass In The Flag’ Over Wisconsin Protests

Ed Schultz tore into Rush Limbaugh for calling the protesters fighting the anti-union bill in Wisconsin “freeloaders,” telling Limbaugh that he should wrap his “fat ass” in the American flag. Schultz made his comments during a special Saturday edition of “The Ed Show.” He was reporting live from Wisconsin, with a raucous crowd of protesters cheering him on. In a recent broadcast, Limbaugh called the union activists and protesters working against the bill–which seeks to strip public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights–“freeloaders.” This incensed Schultz, who played a clip of Limbaugh before pointing to the crowd behind him.
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Steven Weber: Connecting the Dots

“Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax — the only way you can save money nowadays.” —Harry Lime The Third Man It’s pretty freakin’ clear what the Right is about these days. Those cross-brandishing, flag-waving folks who purport to love life and democracy
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Loraine Boyle: Time for Democrats to Turn up the Volume

I woke up this morning from a dream of teachers on strike in a large group of protesters that resembled in size those in the Middle East. I didn’t realize how much the Wisconsin protests against the Republican governor’s plan to take away collective bargaining rights from unions had invaded my subconscious. Maybe it’s because many years ago I was a proud member of the Newspaper Guild when I worked for the Detroit Free Press. More likely, it’s because I’m really concerned about Republican and Tea Party power trying to gut not only unions in various states but also about
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Tamar Abrams: Planned Parenthood and Me… and You

My first encounter with Planned Parenthood was in 1978, when I was a college freshman in St. Louis. Looking back, it seems like such an innocent time. I’d never talked to my mother about birth control, never discussed such things with a doctor. My roommate suggested I go to Planned Parenthood, conveniently located just a city bus ride away. I recall three things from that long-ago visit: a kindly nurse who explained that a tipped uterus would not interfere with my dream of someday conceiving a child, a sliding fee scale that made the visit affordable, and the pills that
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Democratic Strategy In Wisconsin: Kill The Bill, Recall Republicans

MADISON, WIS. — Final passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-Wis.) controversial proposal to strip away collective bargaining rights from public employees is currently stalled, thanks to Senate Democrats who left the state in order to prevent their GOP colleagues from reaching a quorum needed to move forward. But many remained worried that once they come back, Republicans will push through the legislation anyway. Democrats, however, haven’t given up yet and say they have a two-pronged strategy for moving forward. In an interview with The Huffington Post on Saturday, freshmen Democratic Assembly Member Brett Hulsey said that until the legislation passes,
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