News for 2011-02-22

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] In Ohio, Thousands Rally Against Plan to Eliminate Collective Bargaining
COLUMBUS, OH - The State Highway Patrol limited access to the Statehouse today as thousands of protesters stood outside in the cold, many angry they could not get inside to register their opposition to a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining for state employees. Fearing for the safety of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Priorities? GOP Governors Shift Burden To Poor, Middle Class To Pay For Tax Breaks For Rich, Corporations
State budgets across the country are in disarray as a weak economy, the end of tens of billions in Recovery Act funds, and a GOP-led House that is pushing for deep cuts to many programs that benefit state and local governments set the stage for massive in shortfalls over the next two years.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Indiana Democrats Trigger Statehouse Showdown over Anti-Union Legislation
INDIANAPOLIS - Seats on one side of the Indiana House were nearly empty today as House Democrats departed the the state rather than vote on anti-union legislation. A source tells the Indianapolis Star that Democrats are headed to Illinois, though it was possible some also might go to Kentucky. They...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Search of an African Revolution
Demonstrations are continuing across the Middle East, interrupted only by the call for prayer when protesters fall to their knees on cheap carpets and straw mats and the riot police take a tea break. Egypt, in particular, with its scenes of unrelenting protesters staying put in Tahrir Square,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wisconsin's Political Crisis Is A Good Deal More Serious Than Its Fiscal Crisis
MADISON - Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau was created in 1968 by a Republican governor, Warren Knowles, and a Republican-controlled state legislature.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin Is Really About
In 2008, a liberal Democrat was elected president. Landslide votes gave Democrats huge congressional majorities. Eight years of war and scandal and George W. Bush had stigmatized the Republican Party almost beyond redemption. A global financial crisis had discredited the disciples of free-market...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Spike Reported in Number of Stillborn Dolphins on Coast
GULFPORT -- Baby dolphins, some barely three feet in length, are washing up along the Mississippi and Alabama shorelines at about 10 times the normal number for the first two months of the year, researchers are finding. Seventeen young dolphins, either aborted before they reached maturity or dead...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Solving the Mystery of the Bizarre Deformed Frogs
For the last two decades, strange things have been happening to frogs. Some frog populations have high rates of limb deformities, while others have high incidences of what is known as "intersex" — traits associated with both males and females, such as male frogs whose testes contain eggs.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Gives Fresh Details of CIA Agent who Killed Two Men in Pakistan Shootout
US officials have provided fresh details about Raymond Davis, the CIA agent at the centre of a diplomatic stand-off in Pakistan, including confirmation that he had worked for the private security contractor Xe, formerly known as Blackwater. They also disclosed for the first time that he had been...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UNEP: $1.3 Trillion a Year Would Turn World Economy Green
NAIROBI, Kenya - Investing two percent of the market value of all the world's goods and services into 10 key sectors can start a transition towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy, the UN Environment Programme said today in a new report.
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[title] Mary Bottari & Mark Pocan: National Implications in Wisconsin
"People understand this is a national struggle," says Mary Bottari of the situation in Wisconsin right now, and Mark Pocan, Wisconsin State Assemblyman from the 78th District, says "This has to be the spot where we stop it nationally." ; If Scott Walker manages to take away the workers' right to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Idaho Teachers Unions Protest Against Proposed Cuts
SALMON, Idaho - Hundreds of people rallied in Boise and ten other Idaho cities on Monday to protest a plan by the state's schools chief to lay off hundreds of teachers and curtail their collective bargaining. Russ Chinske, head of the teachers union in the central Idaho town of Salmon, said it was...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ohio Labor Supporters Plan Big Statehouse Rally Today
Ohio's capital could resemble its Wisconsin counterpart today. Protesters projected to number anywhere from 4,000 to 20,000 are expected to swarm Capitol Square to rally against a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining for state employees and weaken the ability of local workers to bargain...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fresh Violence Rages in Libya
Libyan forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are waging a bloody operation to keep him in power, with residents reporting gunfire in parts of the capital Tripoli and other cities, while other citizens, including the country's former ambassador to India, are saying that warplanes were used to "bomb"...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Billionaire Brothers’ Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute
WASHINGTON — Among the thousands of demonstrators who jammed the Wisconsin State Capitol grounds this weekend was a well-financed advocate from Washington who was there to voice praise for cutting state spending by slashing union benefits and bargaining rights.
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