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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Anti-union measure ‘doesn’t save any’ money

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Thursday that his decision to strip the collective bargaining rights of public workers “doesn’t save any” money for taxpayers during a House committee hearing on ways to handle state and municipal debt. Nearly all collective bargaining rights were stripped from Wisconsin public workers in March…

U.N. torture investigator slams U.S. for denying him access to Bradley Manning

A United Nations special rapporteur on torture claims U.S. authorities refused to give him access to Army Private Bradley Manning, 23, the lone soldier accused of leaking secret files to WikiLeaks. Juan Mendez, the U.N. representative on torture, said he had visited numerous other nations where he’d been allowed unmonitored…

House rejects call for Afghan withdrawal

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, a war that is facing growing public opposition. The proposal was defeated by a vote of 321-93, but it showed increased opposition compared with March 2010 when a…

Vote reflects diminishing Congressional support for Afghan war

WASHINGTON – Facing growing budget pressure and an increasingly skeptical public, Congress’s appetite to continue funding the war in Afghanistan appears to be diminishing. The House on Thursday voted 321-93 against withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2011 — although a similar measure was rejected last…

Obama seeks longer PATRIOT Act extension than Republicans

Faced with a looming vote on a planned one-year extension of special powers authorized in the USA PATRIOT Act, the Obama White House did not object or propose reforms, as the president vowed to do as a candidate. The Obama administration instead asked Congress to grant those powers for an…

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