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Largest crowds since Vietnam War march in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – A crowd estimated at more than 70,000 people on Saturday waved American flags, sang the national anthem and called for the defeat of a Wisconsin plan to curb public sector unions that has galvanized opposition from the American labor movement. Read the full story.
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U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions on Gaddafi

TRIPOLI/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed travel and asset sanctions on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and close aides, ratcheting up pressure on him to quit before any more blood is shed in a popular revolt against his rule. Read the full story.
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As usual, rhetoric overwhelms facts in Wisconsin debate

The facts have been overshadowed by rhetoric at the Wisconsin Capitol, where protesters and politicians have been engaged in a tense standoff over the governor’s proposal to strip most public employees of their collective-bargaining rights. Gov. Scott Walker insists the state is broke and must make drastic spending cuts. Unions believe Republican leaders are trying to wipe them out. Two weeks into the debate, The Associated Press assessed the claims in an effort to shed light on what’s at stake. Walker says his plan is needed to ease a deficit that is projected to hit $137 million by July and
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Mulling 2012 run, Pawlenty hits "union-coddling" Obama

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Not known as a hard-hitting conservative, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty got a standing ovation from Tea Party activists on Saturday as he praised small government, the U.S. Constitution and took a swing at “union-coddling” President Barack Obama. Read the full story.
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Labor protests draw thousands across U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on Saturday against a Wisconsin plan to curb the power of public sector unions that has sparked similar government efforts in other states. Read the full story.
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Obama urges Congress to avoid budget gridlock

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama Saturday urged Congress to find “common ground” to prevent a damaging government shutdown, as Republicans and Democrats edged toward a compromise to keep federal money flowing. Read the full story.
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