MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Political money has poured into Wisconsin in recent months – not for the presidential or Senate races but for a state vote getting national billing as a battle for the interests of the middle class.
On one side are conservatives from across the country who back Republican Governor Scott Walker, a darling of the right since his 2011 crusade to rein in government spending by eliminating most collective bargaining rights for public employees. On the other are Democrats and union backers conducting a grassroots drive to collect more than a million signatures in a heated campaign to recall Walker.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Their
encampments are largely gone, but the U.S. Occupy movement is
far from dead, with organizers focused on a next wave of
In Iowa, a major farming state, Occupy activists are
mobilizing with other groups against agricultural biotechnology
firm, Monsanto. In Oklahoma, Occupy plans to target retail giant
Walmart for protests. Groups in more than 50 cities are planning
a national protest day February 29, targeting numerous
By Nick Carey
(Reuters) – Hundreds of miles and a vast ideological divide separate Cecily Friday from Tim Dake. But what they share is a passionate dislike and distrust of the American political elite. I caught up with Friday on a bitterly cold, rainy October night in Nashville. That same night state troopers had arrested 29 members of Occupy Nashville for violating a new curfew designed to end the occupation of Legislative Plaza.
They were there, the occupiers said, to protest income inequality, bank bailouts, and corporate involvement in American politics. “I have been waiting and waiting for years for people to come out onto the streets,” said Friday, a former left-wing blogger, now a stay-at-home mom who has become a spokeswoman for the local Occupy movement. Slender, brown-haired, and efficient, Friday did not waste many words – she was needed elsewhere. “Now we’re doing something and we’re not going to stop.”
By Nick Carey
(Reuters) – Newt Gingrich mobilized the Tea Party vote to help him win the South Carolina Republican presidential primary but he may struggle to repeat that success as he moves into Florida and other states.
Supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement were crucial to Gingrich’s victory in Saturday’s primary to be the Republican nominee facing President Barack Obama in November’s election, exit poll data from South Carolina showed.
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – Everybody was waiting for Jim DeMint. Mitt Romney had reason to hope the South Carolina senator would repeat his 2008 endorsement of his presidential bid.
DeMint is the hero of conservatives in South Carolina, so his backing might well have clinched the crucial state for Romney. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul had just as much reason to hope DeMint might support them, and put him in the role of kingmaker in the Republican race for the White House.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – As Mitt Romney inches toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, many conservative activists are increasingly focused on a different political prize for 2012: the Senate.
Republicans, who currently have 47 of the 100 Senate seats, are seen as having a good shot of winning control of the upper chamber because they are defending far fewer seats in the November election.
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – For insight into the conservative Tea Party movement’s battle plan in 2012, check out Joe Dugan’s Google spreadsheets.
Dugan, 66, a retired manufacturing executive and chairman of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party, is particularly proud of the scoring system he’s devised for South Carolina legislators. Every vote by a member of the state’s House or Senate is recorded, with points awarded for those that reflect the conservative position.
DETROIT (Reuters) – A Nigerian man readily admitted he was trying to bring down a U.S. airliner when he was arrested on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb in his underwear, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday in his opening statement at the man’s trial.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, showed little emotion on the first day of his trial, silently staring forward with his chin on his hands during most of the prosecution’s opening statement, which linked him to al Qaeda.
DETROIT (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday ruled that incriminating statements about links to al Qaeda by the so-called Christmas Day bomber can be used as evidence in his trial.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 24-year-old Nigerian national, is charged with trying to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day, 2009. Yemen-based al Qaeda militants claimed responsibility for the botched attempt.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Forces loyal to fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi committed a vast array of possible war crimes while battling rebels in Misrata, the country’s third largest city, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a U.S.-based human rights group.
The report by Physicians for Human Rights, titled “Witness to War Crimes: Evidence from Misrata, Libya,” is based on interviews of residents in the Misrata area conducted in June. The authors say they provide evidence of “murder, torture, rape, forced internment, and disappearance.”