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Anti-labor bill back in court

03/29/11 06:34PM

We told you that the anti-labor bill in Wisconsin got dangerously close to becoming law over the weekend.Today, the issue is back in court so Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi can decide whether her orders to not publish the law were violated, or if the latest Republican sneaky tactic to get this bill through fits a loophole.The WI Secretary of State maintains that the bill wasn’t officially published--it only appears on the Legislative Reference Bureau website, which was the request of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. Nonetheless, Gov. read more

What's in Ed's Head: 3/29/11

03/29/11 04:05PM

These are the stories the staff of The Ed Show are keeping an eye on ...The Obama administration says Gaddafi needs to go, and that there are non-military ways to do it.  GOP lambasts the president’s speech on Libya, especially the 2012 hopefuls who are using it as leverage.Sarah Palin says American intervention in Libya costs the U.S. $600 million a day.  That number missed the mark … by 700%. Caterpillar's CEO says they'll pack their bags if their home state of Illinois raises corporate taxes. read more

Ed's Guest List, Monday 3/28

03/28/11 08:39PM

Lawrence Korb, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and the Former Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan Former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) and former Vice Admiral, U.S. NavyDave Weigel, political reporter for and msnbc contributorJohn Nichols, Washington Correspondent of The NationE.J. Dionne, a Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Washington Post columnist Robert Greenwald, documentary filmmaker and the Director of the Brave New Foundation  read more

Rand Paul reacts to Obama speech

03/28/11 08:14PM

Tonight, President Obama spoke to the nation about our role in Libya.  You can watch his entire address here.Tea partier Rand Paul had an immediate rebuttal via YouTube.  His main point?  Obama "is not king".Watch: Here's the transcript:The President of the United States often faces unforeseeable dilemmas that demand tough decisions based on reliable intelligence. The recent events in Libya presented President Obama with such a scenario. read more

MI cuts unemployment by 23%

MI cuts unemployment by 23%

03/28/11 08:00PM

Gov. Rick Snyder cut unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 20 weeks.  Michigan is the first state to sign a bill that would impact the jobless like this during a time of especially high unemployment.He says in a release that he signed the bill to take the unemployed off the state’s ticket, and pass on the responsibility to the federal government:When a state no longer qualifies for extended benefits, federal law requires a three-week phase-out period after which no extended benefits can be paid. read more

LIVE: President Obama's Libya Address

03/28/11 07:20PM

This live event has ended, but you can still watch the president's address: Here's the full transcript: Good evening. Tonight, I'd like to update the American people on the international effort that we have led in Libya - what we have done, what we plan to do, and why this matters to us.I want to begin by paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who, once again, have acted with courage, professionalism and patriotism. They have moved with incredible speed and strength. Because of them and our dedicated diplomats, a coalition has been forged and countless lives have been saved. read more

What's in Ed's Head: 3/28/11

03/28/11 04:15PM

These are the stories the staff of The Ed Show are keeping an eye on ...We'll have full coverage of Obama's Libya Speech tonight. Bachmann gets major support in Iowa, but Huckabee is the one winning most polls.After explicitly being told to not publish the Wisconsin anti-labor bill, Secretary of State, Doug La Follette, publishes the Wisconsin anti-labor bill.        The middle class is second-guessing their vote for Republican governors in the Midwest. read more

Starving the starving kids

Starving the starving kids

03/25/11 04:13PM

It's like actually taking candy from a baby.  Last night we told you about the attack on hungry children being waged by Republicans in the House. This newly proposed legislation would make it so workers who strike, a standard union tactic to help families be sure they can put food in the mouths of their children, would be ineligible for food stamps--a program that keeps 42 million Americans fed.We want to formally introduce you to the guys who are to blame for this outrageous provision in HR1135:Tim Scott (R-SC)Louie Gohmert (R-TX) read more

American auto sales on the rise

American auto sales on the rise

03/25/11 09:00AM

From the start, Republicans have wanted to abandon automakers, but the commitment to resuscitate the industry is paying off.Despite opposition, auto sales in the U.S. are up a whopping 25% overall since just last month, and American cars are leading the, the leading automotive information website, predicts that Ford will even pull ahead of GM, only the second time in over a decade.Here’s the Edmund’s March 2011 chart of the climbing numbers:  read more