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Governor gives Wisconsin Democrats an ultimatum

MADISON, Wisc. (Reuters) – Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Monday gave absent Democratic lawmakers an ultimatum to return to Wisconsin within 24 hours and vote on a proposal to reduce the power of public sector unions or the state would miss out on a debt restructuring. Read the full story.
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U.S. irked by China’s shrimp duty challenge at WTO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. trade officials reacted icily to China’s decision on Monday to challenge U.S. shrimp duties at the World Trade Organization, which they said would complicate efforts to resolve a trade spat involving a number of other U.S. trading partners. Read the full story.
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Republican governors work hard to undermine Obama agenda

Their ranks swollen after the last election, Republican governors from Florida to Alaska are undermining President Barack Obama’s agenda at every turn ahead of the Democrat’s 2012 re-election campaign. Some are rejecting federal money for high-speed rail. Many are fighting the president’s health care law. And several are going after the Democratic Party’s bedrock constituency, pushing laws that would weaken the power of unions. Not that any Republican governor will acknowledge that this is politics at play — even if it is. “Republican governors are doing what they said they would as candidates,” insisted Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who led
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Protestors allowed to spend the night in Wisconsin capitol

Dozens of protesters camped overnight in the Wisconsin Capitol and vowed to be back in full force Monday after police backed away from threats to close the building, where demonstrators have held steady for two weeks to oppose Republican-backed legislation aimed at weakening unions. Police decided not to forcibly remove protesters after thousands ignored a 4 p.m. Sunday deadline to leave so the normally immaculate building could get a thorough cleaning. Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said no demonstrators would be arrested as long as they continued to obey the law. “People here have acted lawfully and responsibly,” Tubbs said.
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