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Court challenge filed to Wisconsin anti-union law

By Jeff Mayers MADISON, Wisc (Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court should void a controversial state law curbing the power of public sector unions because a judge who ruled on the law had a conflict of interest, a county attorney said on Friday. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said…

Court delays strict new federal pollution rule at last minute

The U.S. District Court of Appeals granted a request to stay the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) pending further court review. The EPA finalized the rule in July, setting much stricter limits on sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide emissions from power plants in 27 states to…

Bachmann, Santorum have no delegates on Tennessee primary ballot

The Knoxville News reported on Friday that four out of the nine Republican presidential candidates have no committed delegates on the March 6 primary ballot. The four are Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, and Buddy Roemer, while Jon Huntsman has only three potential delegates pledged to him. Under Tennessee’s…

Study: Bad weather makes voters more liberal

Voters who have experienced severe weather events are more likely to be in favor of environmental legislation — even if it comes at a cost of restricting some individual freedoms, according to a soon-to-be-published study. In a 2009 Internet survey of about 2,500 Americans, four Hamilton College economists found that…

Judge blocks California attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge blocked California’s signature attempt to lower greenhouse gas emissions, a victory for out-of-state ethanol producers and refiners that has California’s air quality board vowing to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill in Fresno on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction against a regulation adopted…

Oakland protesters who took over foreclosed home arrested

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A dozen anti-Wall Street protesters who had taken over a foreclosed home in Oakland were arrested on Thursday, protest organizers said. The home, which protesters said they were using as housing for formerly homeless individuals and as a community meeting space, was taken over on December…

Gingrich dreams of Thatcher White House bid

Margaret Thatcher for US president? Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich mused Friday that the former British prime minister, a hero to US conservatives, might have been a dream candidate for the White House — in a radically different world. “If Margaret Thatcher were here today and 30 years younger, I…

Romney criticizes Obama over Hawaii vacation

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, bolstered by a new poll confirming his frontrunner status, ripped President Barack Obama on Friday over his year-end Hawaii vacation. Hunting for a win in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation January 3 nominating caucus, Romney used the embattled Democratic incumbent’s annual family trip to his native state…

Obama delays request for debt limit increase

President Barack Obama will delay asking Congress for $1.2 trillion to raise the US government’s debt ceiling to allow vacationing lawmakers time to weigh the request, officials said Friday. But a senior White House official stressed that the decision was purely a procedural maneuver that should not spook markets and…

Romney’s son jokes about Obama’s birth certificate

One of Mitt Romney’s sons did his best on Thursday to promote the rumor that the nation’s first black president may not be a U.S. citizen. Stumping for his dad in Concord, New Hampshire, Matt Romney told a group of senior citizens that the multimillionaire candidate might not release his…

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