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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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How Mideast Autocrats Win Friends In Washington

NEW YORK — Shortly after 20 Shiite opposition leaders, including clerics and human rights activists, were arrested on the eve of elections in Bahrain last September, U.S. State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley was asked about the situation, including allegations of police torture, “given the close relations between Bahrain and the United States.” Crowley responded, “We are in touch with Bahraini authorities and have expressed our concern. At the same time, we have confidence as Bahrain evolves that you don’t have to make a choice between security and democracy, and that this is the message that we’re sending to the government.”
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Jonathan Richards: The Problem With Democracy

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Anu Kumar: Legislating Abortion Stigma

Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce heard three “experts” on abortion policy testify on H.R. 358, the “Protect Life Act,” one of several bills before Congress right now aimed at reducing access to legal abortion services. The witness panel included two well-known opponents of women’s choice, Helen Alvaré, associate professor of law at George Mason University and Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee; and Sara Rosenbaum, chair of the health policy department at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Only Rosenbaum spoke in defense of protecting U.S. women’s legal
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Jack Schimmelman: Immigration And The U.S.: Dasha’s Story

A mother, father and three-year-old daughter sit at their dinner table in Odessa, Ukraine. The daughter is named Dasha. She is a miracle, as her mother, Irina, had a very difficult pregnancy that caused her to be bedridden for most of the nine months. Misha, the father, is under-employed. He was a marine engineer. He is old and Jewish. In a country in which anti-Semitism is rampant, that combination is deadly in an economy that has sunk to the bottom of the Black Sea after the fall of communism. Irina works. She is also a marine engineer and brilliant. She
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Aaron Marquez: AmeriCorps Faces Budget Cuts At Height Of Civilian Enrollment

Once again, AmeriCorps, along with the entire Corporation for National & Community Service, is on the federal chopping block. This week, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) proposed not just cutting national service programs, but eliminating them entirely. This proposal comes less than two years after Congress overwhelmingly passed the Serve America Act with tremendous bipartisan support in both the Senate (79-19) and the House (279-149). The Serve America Act authorized the expansion of AmeriCorps from 75,000 corps members annually to 250,000 in order to fight our country’s most pressing societal challenges in the areas of education, the environment, and
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Wisconsin Protests Continue Saturday, Huge Rally Expected

MADISON, Wis. – A state Capitol thrown into chaos swelled for a fifth day with thousands of protesters, as supporters of Republican efforts to scrap the union rights of state workers added their voices to the debate for the first time and GOP leaders insisted again Saturday there was no room for compromise. Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker and his effort to ease Wisconsin’s budget woes gathered on the east side of the Capitol, surrounded by a much larger group of pro-labor demonstrators who since Tuesday have filled the Capitol with chanting, drum-beats and anti-Walker slogans. Walker has proposed requiring
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