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Wisconsin Dems: ‘We’re down but not out’

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican governor, won his battle last week to get the curbs he backed on public-sector unions approved by the state legislature and signed into law. But the Democratic Party and organized labor, which opposed the bill, show signs of being energized by the setback, which up-ends more than 50 years of collective bargaining by nurses, highway workers, nurses and other Wisconsin public employees. Mark Pocan, a Democratic member of the Assembly who opposed the Walker bill, told protesters this week: “They may have won the battle, but I guarantee you they’ve lost the war.” With
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Fatcat GOP donors taking ‘wait and see’ approach

The potential White House candidates need cash. But donors aren’t eager to shell out until the hopeful prove they’re credible. Which they can’t — until they have the cash lined up to start their campaigns. This helps explain why the 2012 Republican primary race has yet to begin in earnest. “It’s a little sluggish. The major donor folks are sitting back a bit,” said Rob Bickhart, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman helping ex-Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. “The major donor folks, I think, are a little slower getting started because the whole process was slower to get started,”
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Fuel rods fully exposed Japan at nuke power plant

A Japanese utility says fuel rods at a troubled nuclear reactor have been fully exposed. The exposure happened at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant — the latest reactor to lose its ability to cool down. The other two reactors at the plant are facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them with sea water. Tokyo Electric Power said Monday sea water is being channeled into Unit 2. It did not know if the rods were covered yet. Their exposure raises the risk of the reactor overheating, which can lead to meltdown. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS
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