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Labor Pains In Wisconsin: Teachers Union Calls For Return To Work

“Tensions remained high in Wisconsin on Sunday as Gov. Scott Walker (R) remained in a standoff with state public employees unions and Democratic legislators over a proposal that would not only require greater employee contributions to state benefits packages but also strip state employees of most of their collective bargaining and union rights.”

Read More: Wis. Protesters Want Gov. Walker To Compromise

Following Bahrain’s Crackdown On Demonstrators, Leahy Urges State Department To Review U.S. Aid

“Nearly a week ago, Bahraini pro-democracy demonstrators held their “day of rage” as thousands of protesters flooded the nation’s capital, Manama. The demonstrators were almost immediately attacked by the Arab monarchy’s internal security forces, and were again attacked during a funeral procession for one of the slain demonstrators. Despite professions from King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa that he did not condone of the violence, the government once again moved in with tanks and riot police on Thursday, attacking sleeping demonstrators and killing several people and wounding hundreds of others.

After Thursday’s bloody attack on demonstrators, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) — who chairs the pivotal Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs — put out a statement explaining that he has asked the State Department to review U.S. military aid to Bahrain, noting that U.S. law prohibits aid to military or security units that engage in human rights abuses.”

Powerless ‘Power Player’? Wallace Omits GOP’s Plan To Gut Holly Petraeus’s Work For Military Families

“On today’s Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace heralded Holly Petraeus — Gen. David Petraeus’s wife — as his “Power Player of the Week.” Mrs. Petraeus is the new head of the Office of Servicemembers Affairs “which aims to strengthen and support military families financially as part of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” (CFPB.) Created by the Wall Street reform law last year, CFPB will give Petraeus a vehicle to “enforce the laws” and “write new rules” in order “to ensure that federal and state agencies coordinate their activities to improve consumer protection measures for military families.” Touting Mrs. Petraeus’s ability “to help military families” through the new bureau, Wallace instructed “military famlies and all the rest of us” to use the CFBP to “register complaints” about fraud.

In his praise of this “Power Player,” Wallace breezed by the other powerful players dedicated to gutting Petraeus’s work on behalf of military families — Republicans. Not one House Republican voted to create the CFPB and now, they want to cut funding for the CFPB “nearly in half” in the new budget. Just last week, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) introduced legislation in the House Financial Services Committee to “hamstring, or defund” CFPB, a goal House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) confirms is a GOP priority.”

FLASHBACK: Abraham Lincoln Wrote Playbook For Wisconsin Dems Who Fled State

“Wisconsin Democratic state senators who fled the state to block Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) union busting said today they have “no plans to return to the state until Walker could reach a reasonable negotiation with state employees.” Republican politicians and conservative commentators have lambasted the state senators all week for their supposed “dereliction of duty.” But those in the Party of Lincoln should look to the 16th president before they criticize the Wisconsin Democrats.

Indeed, 170 years before the Wisconsin Democrats fled Madison to deny a quorum, then-state Rep. Abraham Lincoln was fleeing the capitol in Springfield, IL — via a window, no less — to do the same in an attempt to save the State Bank of Illinois.”

Women In War: ‘I’ve Lived Out There With The Guys’

“Next month, a panel is expected to tell Congress that the Pentagon should do away with its policy banning women from direct ground combat units. In reality, many already see combat. In a weeklong series, NPR examines what it means to be a woman in uniform today and how that has changed over generations.”

Read More: Timeline: Women On The Front Lines
Read More: BPI Campus discussion on women journalists in war zones

School Board Vote Called ‘Modern-Day Segregation’

“In a controversial move, the Wake County School board in North Carolina voted to end its “busing-for-diversity” program in favor of sending children to schools in their own neighborhood. Host Liane Hansen talks with Superintendent Tony Tata, a military brigadier general and the former COO of the D.C. school system.”

Reform Lawyer Says Tunisia Risks Anarchy

“The head of a Tunisian government commission on political reform warned of what he described as a very dangerous post-revolutionary transition.”

U.S. ‘Gravely Concerned’ Over Violence in Libya

“The Obama administration issued its strongest statement on Libya’s escalating use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators.”


Good News: Jobs Office Retrains Itself To Focus On Hiring

“When Larry Benders started as head of Cleveland’s federally funded jobs office in mid-2008, helping people find work usually meant paying for job training.

But when Benders started looking at the results, he realized that Cleveland’s Employment Connection was delivering “trained” workers, but not “trained, employed” workers.

Last year, Benders decided his office was approaching the problem backward: Instead of focusing on the jobless, the agency needed to be zeroing in on the people doing the hiring.

“So we said, ‘Wait a minute, let’s go and talk to the employers and say how many welders do you need? And what sort of welders do you need? And what does a successful welder in your organization look like?’ ” he says. “Then, take that information back and then try to do matches for welders in our system that fit the profile of the specific employer.””

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