Republicans Vote to Slash the Federal Budget
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Bahrain Attempts to Crush Protest Movement, Protests in Libya and Yemen Also Turn Violent ()
In Bahrain early this morning, soldiers fired shotguns, tear gas and concussion grenades down on pro-democracy protesters sleeping in Pearl Square. At least five people where killed. The military then seized control, backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers. Running street battles continued in Yemen’s capitol city, and Libyan police cracked down on a so-called “day of rage.”
- Cameron Abadi: Associate Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine
Republicans Vote to Slash the Federal Budget ()
Republicans are trying to make good on the promises that gave them control of the House of Representatives-- planning action on 600 amendments to this year’s budget before taking off for the Presidents’ Day weekend. Will the Senate and the White House allow 100 billion dollars in spending reductions? Would they make a dent in the deficit?
Organized Labor, GOP in Showdown in Wisconsin ()
A showdown over bargaining rights for public employees has brought the legislature to a grinding halt in Wisconsin. Democratic Senators in Wisconsin are reportedly flying out of state to prevent a quorum that would let the Republican majority strip government workers of almost all collective bargaining rights. Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker has declared political war on public workers, including the 98,000 members of the teachers union. The capitol in Madison is filled with thousands parents, teachers and children for a third day—in a protest that has forced schools to close in several cities.
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