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Massachusetts Dems vote to strip public unions of bargaining rights

Weren’t Democrats supposed to be in favor of collective bargaining rights? Well, maybe not. Welcome to bizarro world. The Democratic-controlled Statehouse in Massachusetts voted earlier this week to strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights, as part of the state’s budget measure. It passed by a vote of…

Dems invite Americans to wedding between GOP and Big Oil

WASHINGTON – As rising gas prices top the concerns of many Americans, Democrats are capitalizing on the moment to portray Republicans as wedded to the oil industry — and they’re invoking the royal wedding to make their point. “You are cordially invited to the R-Oil Wedding,” reads a new website…

Dems call GOP’s bluff, force House Republicans to vote down their own budget

WASHINGTON – House Republicans scrambled Friday to vote down their own extremely conservative budget after Democrats called their bluff and withheld opposition, forcing GOP lawmakers to defeat the bill themselves. The proposal, put forth by the Republican Study Committee, was a more extreme alternative to the plan offered by House…

Dems ready gun control legislation regulating ammunition clips

Democrats in the House and Senate are preparing to introduce gun control legislation that would restrict high-capacity ammunition clips like the one used Saturday in the tragic shootings of 20 people in Arizona. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), two of the most outspoken gun control advocates…

British minister says Europe allies ‘nutty’

Britain’s coalition government faced fresh trouble from a newspaper sting on Friday over a minister’s comments describing the leading Conservative party’s European allies as “nutty”. The remarks by Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne, a member of the Liberal Democrat party which is the junior partner in the coalition, come after…

UK students smash Treasury, Supreme Court buildings as parliament triples tuition fees

Tens of thousands of angry students rampaged through the streets of London on Thursday, smashing windows of the Supreme Court, pelting police at the Treasury with rocks, and setting fire to a Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square after parliament voted to triple university tuition fees. Students in London using chain-link…

DNC: GOP Senate nominee ‘thinks necrophilia is entertainment’

Maybe Democrats are making a Hail Mary pass for the elusive “values” vote. Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary in Connecticut was won by Linda McMahon, former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment (once known as WWF). And Democrats are looking to make her controversial family business a central theme of…

Analysis: Dems enacted much of Obama’s agenda

Far-reaching legislation aimed at reining in Wall Street marks the latest and likely the last major achievement by President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress, an 18-month partnership that strove simultaneously to fix a battered economy and enact sweeping changes to health care, education and more. Whatever the longer term…

David Cameron becomes British prime minister, ending conservatives’ 13 years as minority

LONDON  – David Cameron finally took office as British premier Tuesday, ending his Conservative party’s 13 years in opposition and vowing to form a “strong and stable” coalition after cliff-hanger polls. The 43-year-old — who becomes Britain’s youngest prime minister for some two centuries, with a pregnant wife — was…

British PM Brown stepping down as Labour leader

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Monday he will stand down as Labour leader by September, and that his party is to hold formal talks on a power-sharing deal with the Liberal Democrats. Brown said he would “ask the Labour party to set in train the processes needed for its…

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