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Wisc. governor: ‘We are willing to take this as long as it takes’

As protests escalate in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker isn’t showing any signs of backing down from his plan to slash union benefits and eliminate collective bargaining rights. Wisconsin’s 14 Democratic state senators have gone into hiding to prevent Republicans from holding a vote on Walker’s proposal. In an interview with…

Democratic lawmakers leave Wisconsin to protest union curbs

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin state Senate Democrats boycotting a vote on a plan to curb the union rights of public employees left the state on Thursday in an attempt to force majority Republicans to negotiate a compromise, an online political news service said. Democrat Sen. Jon Erpenbach told WisPolitics…

California governor invokes Egypt in tax vote call

LOS ANGELES – California governor Jerry Brown called Monday for a public vote on extending tax hikes to help curb the state’s colossal debts, invoking the popular uprising in Egypt to back his appeal. In his first “state of the State” address since succeeding Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brown warned that California…

Haiti to release election results

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti’s electoral authorities will release results next week from the country’s disputed presidential election and set a date for a runoff vote in signs a protracted electoral impasse may be easing. The results from the first-round vote will be made public on Wednesday with a runoff set…

House votes to repeal health law

UPDATE: The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the health reform law enacted by Congress last year, a largely symbolic move unlikely to be repeated in the Democrat-controlled Senate. The New York Times reported that the House voted 245 to 189 to repeal the law. In a surprising…

South Sudan vote turnout ‘reaches 60% threshold’

JUBA, Sudan — South Sudan’s ruling party said Wednesday that the 60-percent turnout threshold required for a landmark independence vote to be valid has been reached after just three days of polling. The former rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement cited its own estimates for the achievement which has to be…

Obama foes target health overhaul in test vote

US President Barack Obama’s fired-up Republican foes flexed their newfound political muscle on Friday, targeting his signature health care overhaul with a wholly symbolic repeal test vote. The House of Representatives, in Republican hands for two days, was to take up a measure laying out the rules for debate come…

Pakistan government in crisis as coalition partner quits

KARACHI — The second largest party in Pakistan’s ruling coalition Sunday quit the government to join the opposition, destabilizing the US ally in the war on Al-Qaeda and threatening to paralyze business of state. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) made the announcement days after its two federal cabinet ministers resigned,…

Senate ratifies nuclear treaty with Russia

WASHINGTON – The US Senate on Wednesday ratified a landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, handing President Barack Obama a signal diplomatic and political victory after a months-long battle. Lawmakers voted 71-26 in favor of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), easily clearing the two-thirds majority needed to…

FCC votes 3-2 to approve controversial Internet regulations

View the full story here. By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed controversial “net neutrality” rules aimed at prohibiting internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating between Internet traffic. Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps both voted with Chairman Julius Genachowski in favor of the new…

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