The pitched political battle pitting public workers unions against Republican budget-cutters is in its final stages in Ohio. Voters will cast ballots on Nov. 8 that could repeal the law that severely limits collective bargaining in the Buckeye State.
With the economy dominating the political debate, Republican candidates have given little attention to foreign policy in their effort to take on Obama next year. But events in Libya suggest they may need to compete with the president on defense and security issues.
The former Massachusetts governor's current run for the White House hasn't included a big presence in the state. On Thursday, he returned for the first time since the summer, declaring, "I will be here again and again."
At the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, about 600 die-hard Republicans were considering their options. Mitt Romney may be the presumed front-runner, but most activists mention his name as just one possibility. Conservatives continue to look for other options.
With the supercommitee desperately seeking deficit reduction, it has alighted upon a sacred cow: farm subsidies. They're especially alluring considering that farmers are among the few economic groups doing well these days. But aggies — not to worry. What Congress might take away in $5 billion worth of direct payments, it's considering putting back in a new form of subsidy for crop insurance.
Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg, has filed for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy. The filing is being contested in court. It's the sixth city to file for protection in 2011, and raises questions about whether Harrisburg can afford to continue to provide the expected level of services to residents.
After more than a month, the cause that started with a protest in New York has gained momentum and spread around the world. That's quite a feat for what began in July as a blog post inspired by the Arab Spring.
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