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Has WI Gov. Walker killed his own bill?

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his allies have published Walker’s controversial bill limiting the rights of public unions to collectively bargain, in spite of a state judge’s restraining order against publication of the bill by Secretary of State Doug LaFollette. Supporters of the bill have appealed Judge Maryann Sumi’s stay…

Appeal to keep Twitter data out of WikiLeaks probe filed

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Internet rights attorneys appealed a US judge’s order that Twitter must hand over data of three users in contact with the controversial website WikiLeaks. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the March 3 ruling on behalf of Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta…

Florida Senate panel approves plan to drug test welfare recipients

A bill to mandate drug tests for welfare recipients was unanimously approved by a Florida Senate panel earlier this week, putting the proposal one step closer to coming up for a full Senate vote of approval. The legislation, S.B. 556, would also require that welfare applicants pay for their own…

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin anti-union law

A Wisconsin judge on Friday issued a temporary order blocking the state’s highly controversial new law stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Judge Maryann Sumi of Dane County issued the order in response to a request by District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D). As The Associated Press summarized,…

Twitter ordered to give WikiLeaks data to US

By Shaun Tandon WASHINGTON — A US judge ordered Twitter to hand over data of three users in contact with the controversial website WikiLeaks, rejecting arguments the move violated freedom of speech and privacy. President Barack Obama’s administration obtained a court order last year seeking information from the Twitter accounts…

ACLU: Obama’s Guantánamo order ‘institutionalizes indefinite detention’

Civil liberties advocates reacted forcefully against President Barack Obama’s executive order Monday lifting his two-year freeze on new military trials at Guantánamo Bay. Repeatedly blocked by Congress in his attempt to transfer detainees from the offshore prison to the United States for trial, Obama threw in the towel Monday, saying…

Obama to lift freeze on new Guantanamo trials

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said Monday he would lift the two-year freeze on new military trials for Guantanamo Bay terror suspects and issued new guidelines on the treatment of those held indefinitely. Obama, who has been thwarted in his desire to close the camp in Cuba which he…

Wisconsin judge orders Capitol open to public

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin officials said Tuesday they would not ease entry restrictions at the Capitol Building in Madison after a judge ordered there be public access during business hours. The Capitol building has been the focus of two weeks of protests by labor unions and their supporters opposed…

California gay marriage supporters seek sooner weddings

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Gay marriage supporters asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to allow an order lifting California’s gay marriage ban to take effect right away, according to a court filing. Last year a U.S. District judge found California’s gay marriage ban, otherwise known as Proposition 8, unconstitutional.…

Berlusconi vows to stay on, not worried by scandal

ROME (Reuters) – A defiant Silvio Berlusconi vowed on Wednesday to see out his term as Italian Prime Minister until 2013, saying he was unworried by an order to stand trial for abuse of power and paying for sex with an underage girl. “For love of country I won’t talk…

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