Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson tells Melissa Block about the Wisconsin Supreme Court's decision allowing a controversial law — which curbs public employee union bargaining rights — to go into effect.
House Speaker John Boehner wrote to President Obama on Tuesday demanding to know on what grounds the president ordered the U.S. intervention in Libya.
Boehner's letter focused more on how Obama went about committing U.S. military assets in Libya and less on whether such military action was justified. He noted that under the War Powers Resolution, a president has 60 days to seek formal authorization from Congress after engaging in a conflict.
It may be months before Republican voters actually get the chance to determine who their nominee to be.
But President Obama's re-election team can't wait that long to get their opposition research team going; they've already winnowed the Republican field down to the three GOP candidates they most fear, according to Sam Youngman of The Hill. An excerpt:
Over the weekend, Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, one-time cycling teammates, had a confrontation at a Colorado restaurant. Now, the AP reports, the FBI has asked the restaurant to hand over surveillance tape.
The AP calls it a major victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker: Wisconsin's Supreme Court has overruled a lower court and said that the controversial union rights law can go into effect.
The AP reports:
Gov. Scott Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. He says it's needed for the state to address its budget problems.
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday that looks at terrorist recruitment inside the walls of American jails and prisons. The last time New York Congressman Peter King (R) examined radicalization among Muslims, he generated a huge backlash from religious and civil rights groups.
But people who study prisons said the number of criminals who turn to extremism behind bars is small but worrisome. And they all point to the same case to open the conversation.
Costly subsidies for homegrown fuel won a vote of confidence Tuesday on Capitol Hill. In a key test vote, the Senate blocked a measure that would have immediately ended both federal subsidies and protective tariffs for corn-based ethanol fuel.
The outcome showed the continued clout of farm states. But it also showed that most Senate Republicans are willing to get rid of at least one tax break.
So Jon Huntsman Jr. is finally going to make it official next week after running something of a shadow presidential campaign since quitting the Obama Administration as U.S. ambassador to China.
The 51-year old former Utah governor said Tuesday he will announce his run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination next week at Liberty State Park in New Jersey which will provide him with a fetching backdrop, the Statue of Liberty in all her mute majesty.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has been studying the education levels of state lawmakers in the United States. The state with the most college-educated lawmakers is California, with 90 percent. New Hampshire, with 53 percent, has the least. The national average is around 75 percent, slightly lower than Kentucky’s 77 percent.