The Wisconsin State Patrol was dispatched Friday to find a Democratic state senator who fled the Capitol to delay the near-certain passage of a bill to end a half-century of collective bargaining rights for public workers, a measure that’s attracted thousands of protesters for four days.
A group of Wisconsin lawmakers blocked passage of a sweeping anti-union bill Thursday by ignoring orders to attend a vote and instead left the state to force Republicans to negotiate over the proposal.
More than 24,500 students had classes canceled in Madison, Wis. Wednesday and about 40 percent of teachers, assistants, and social workers in the city called in sick, according to a report from CNN.
Thousands of people descended on the Wisconsin state Capitol again Wednesday to protest a bill that would strip most public employees of their collective bargaining rights, but Gov. Scott Walker insisted he has the votes to pass the measure.
The raw video of Egyptian protesters attacking Anderson Cooper is now available and we’ve got the link.
The whole world’s attention is on Egypt where reformers have been calling for an end to almost three decades of rule by President Hosni Mubarak.
With protests raging, Egypt’s president named his intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor as chaos engulfed the capital. Soldiers stood by — a few even joining the demonstrators — and the death toll from five days of anti-government fury rose sharply to 74.
Egypt’s government failed to thwart protesters’ planned “Friday of Wrath,” and police have clashed with thousands of demonstrators, using water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas to try and control masses of angry citizens who have converged even without Internet or cell-phone access.
Former FBI agent Coleen Rowley is expected to join a protest at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. — to speak out against government investigative tactics.