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Last week, a Wisconsin judge issued an order “restrain[ing] and enjoin[ing] the further implementation” of Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) anti-worker law until she has time to fully consider a lawsuit claiming that the law was not validly enacted. Yet, despite this clear and unambiguous order, Walker and his allies have decided that they are not bound by the law:

In a stunning twist, Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation limiting collective bargaining for public workers was published Friday despite a judge’s hold on the measure, prompting a dispute over whether it takes effect Saturday. [...]

“It’s published,” [Senate Majority Leader Scott] Fitzgerald said. “It’s law. That’s what I contend.” [...]

Walker’s top cabinet official, Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, gave only a brief statement reacting to Friday’s news.

“Today the administration was notified that the LRB published the budget-repair bill as required by law,” he said. “The administration will carry out the law as required.”

Under Wisconsin law, someone who intentionally defies a court order is in contempt of court, and can be fined up to $ 2,000 for each day that they disobey the court or imprisoned for up to six months.


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might ensue, but…who knows what evil lurks in the actions of these bat shit crazy Republicans?…

Senate Majority Leader decided court order only applied to Secty of State and ordered Legislative Reference Bureau to publish Walker’s End Run anti-union legislation.

Rules? Laws? Hey, they’re Republicans!

The Republican running to retain his seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is also a fine speciment of a bat guano Republican. He voted with the rest of the conservative justices to allow judges to not recuse themselves in cases brought by their most generous donors.…

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Even though Senate Republicans banned earmarks in November, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) promised yesterday afternoon that he will find a way to circumvent that ban in order get his pet project funded, even if it means voting against the short-term continuing resolution Congress is now considering to fund the government:

Graham said there are plans to put language in the continuing budget resolution for the current year authorizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to spend some of its own money so the study is not delayed further.

It will not mention Charleston specifically or include a dollar amount but Graham says corps officials told him they could put in between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000.

“The state is ready to write the check for the rest tomorrow. We just need to get the corps authorization to spend the money,” he said, adding he will oppose any continuing budget without the provision.

“Is that an earmark?” Graham rhetorically asked reporters. “I don’t know what you call it. To me it makes sense.” Graham’s more conservative South Carolina colleague, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), supports the project, but not Graham’s funding method. He’s proposing an independent commission that would assess the merits of Army Corps projects, instead of allowing lawmakers to direct projects through earmarks.

While the port deepening may be a worthy project, Graham’s promise to fund it by any means necessary conflicts with the GOP’s stance on earmarks — and his own comments. A few months ago, Graham called earmarks “abuses” of power that lead “many to question our willingness to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.” And just last month, Graham said, “Taking a time out on earmarking, I think, would be good to just show the American people that we’re not totally living on different planet from you.” Watch it:


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Tea Party-backed GOP lawmakers in Arizona have introduced bills that would create alliances with other states in order to defy the federal government. Ironically (or maybe not so, since we’re talking about teabaggers), the federal government would have to approve the alliances.

The push to form interstate compacts, which have the power to supersede existing federal law if approved by Congress, is part of a broader effort at the Arizona Capitol to promote states’ rights. Lawmakers have introduced bills that seek to limit congressional spending and federal authority on issues from elections to environmental inspections, and Gov. Jan Brewer lists federalism as one of her top priority initiatives this term. So far this session, Republican legislators have introduced more than a dozen bills that propose to create compacts, about three times as many as lawmakers introduced in each of the past two or three years. Among them are measures to allow participating states to build a border fence, regulate endangered species without federal interference and set up their own health-care programs.

The lawmakers behind the bills cite the Tenth Amendment, which stipulates that the federal government cannot issue laws on subjects not explicitly mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. And since the Constitution never mentions environmental protection, health insurance, etc…all those federal laws are therefore illegal.

Joe. My. God.

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Libyan protesters defy crackdown as U.N. meets

Top news: Opponents of Muammar Qaddafi rallied in Tripoli following Friday prayers today, defying a government crackdown on the widening protest movement. SMS messages sent last night had called for Friday to be a "day of liberation". Pro-government militias were out in force around mosques and fired in the air to disperse the demonstrators. 

The eastern half of Libya remains under control of opposition forces despite a major offensive by government forces yesterday. In they city of Zawiyah, more than 100 people were killed after pro-Qaddafi forces turned machine guns on a mosque. Demonstrations continued afterward. Evidently frustrated by the growing disorder, Qaddafi called in to the state television network accusing Al Qaeda of whipping the city’s youth into a frenzy with hallucinogenic drugs. 

Hundreds of foreigners, including about 300 Americans have fled the violence in Libya. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today to consider a draft proposal for new sanctions against Libya. The U.N. Human Rights Council is also meeting to discuss suspending Libya’s membership. A stream of Libyan diplomats have resigned from Qaddafi’s government in recent days. In a sign of the growing rift, the flag hanging outside the Libyan mission to the United Nations was changed to the opposition flag.  

Pakistan: Raymond Davis, the American CIA contractor accused of killing two Pakistani men, made his first court appearance in Lahore. 

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  • One of the alleged leaders of the Juarez drug cartel was killed in a shootout with police. 
  • Mexico’s senate rejected a proposal to toughen immigration laws. 
  • An opponent of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has taken his seat in the National Assembly after being freed from house arrest. 


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Poll Voters Defy Logic, Leave Texas Behind Kansas
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(CNN) - Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.

“This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It’s as simple as that,” said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.

“We will continue to try and work with the White House and our Republican colleagues to try and make sure we do something right for the economy and right for jobs, and a balanced package as we go forward,” he said.

The vote comes a day after Vice President Biden made clear to House Democrats behind closed doors that the deal would unravel if any changes were made.

The vote also come less than an hour after Obama himself urged Congress to pass the compromise he struck with GOP leaders earlier this week and warned that failing to do it could cost jobs.

“There is an important debate on Capitol Hill that will determine in part whether our economy moves backward or forward,” Obama said at an Export Council meeting. “The bipartisan framework we have forged on taxes will not only protect working Americans from seeing a major tax increase on January 1, it will provide businesses with incentives to invest, grow, and hire.”

“Every economist I have talked to or read over the last couple of days acknowledges that this agreement would boost economic growth in the coming years and has the potential to create millions of jobs,” Obama continued. “The average American family will start 2011 knowing that there will be more money to pay the bills each month, more money to pay for tuition, more money to raise their children,” he said. “But if this framework fails, the reverse is true. Americans will see it in smaller paychecks that will have the effect of fewer jobs.”

- CNN’s Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

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Oh my.

I know what you’re thinking, but forget about primarying them for now. Cochran’s a state institution — he’s been in the Senate for 32 years — and he’s not up again until 2014. Neither is Inhofe, who’ll have a pretty good defense to the charge of RINOism if/when the tea party comes looking for him [...]

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Three health associations representing state insurers, hospitals, and doctors have defied Governor Tim Pawlenty’s effort to resist implementing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act and sent “valuable information and suggestions” to HHS to help the agency in “promulgating future rules that will govern Minnesota’s health insurance exchanges and insurance markets.” The move comes just days after Minnesota joined one other state in refusing a million dollars in federal grants to begin planning its health exchanges.

Minnesota Departments of Health, Human Services and Commerce had prepared to send comments regarding the Exchange-related provisions in the Affordable Care Act, but never did after the Pawlenty administration claimed to have missed the submission deadline. The Minnesota Council of Health Plans obtained the drafted comments through a freedom of information request and sent that, along with a cover letter, to the federal government. The Minnesota Hospital Association, and the Minnesota Medical Association joined the effort.

The cover letter, obtained by the Wonk Room, reads:

The health care community in Minnesota, including health plans, hospitals and health systems, providers, employers, state agencies and consumers, have been actively and collaboratively evaluation and assessing the value than insurance exchange will bring to our marketplace and the communities we serve. While we are disappointed that Gov. Tim Pawlenty chose not to apply to your department for Exchange planning funds, stakeholders continue to work collectively to plan for the implementation of an Exchange in Minnesota.

Responding to the request for comments, the Minnesota agencies said that they anticipate “that Exchange-related issues will be discussed in our upcoming Legislative Session and that many creative ideas and questions will arise over the next few months and years.”

In August, Pawlenty issued an executive order preventing the state from applying for federal funding, but accepted abstinence-only dollars and $ 10 million in grants. None of the Republicans running for Governor have endorsed Pawlenty’s order.

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From Palestine News Network:

As girls becomes women in Gaza they slowly get dragged into the world of restrictions. These rules have become an art those who govern Gaza have perfected. They are meant to segregate women from men.

Now in Gaza there are rules that do not allow women to Smoke Arigla or Shisha in public places. Another law does not allow women to ride bicycles, the new laws went further more by making it illegal for shop owners to exhibit women’s lingerie. The given explanation is to maintain public decency.

These rules have made women fall in an endless cycle of what is forbidden and what is allowed. Women in Gaza have chosen to adhere to these laws, thinking it’s for the best not to draw attention; actively minimizing their rights risking the few freedoms they have now which may be restricted in the near future.

That was the case in Gaza until a local journalist, Asma Al Ghoul, came along; she decided to draw the line and say enough. In a hot summer day she took her bicycle along with three internationals who work in human rights organizations and cycled for 60 kilometers along the Rafah Egypt borders in southern Gaza.

The human rights defender’s main goal was to send a clear message that any person has the right to enjoy sport as granted by international law. Asma had something else in mind. She had a political and social objective; she wanted to say that the laws against women are unfair especially the latest rules Hamas government had made which looks at women in an eye of shame.

Her journey was difficult in the beginning, since Asma did not ride a bike since she was a child; during her journey she was verbally assaulted by people calling her vulgar names, and some went even further and spit on her; things that did not stop the young daredevil from continuing her trip. The first journey was soon finished, but Asma says it will not be the last. Asma dreams of recruiting more women to cycle with her to counter and cancel the unjust laws against women of Gaza.

An Arabic article goes into more detail of her adventures. While she said that most people were nice but that gangs of youths on motorcycles twice abused her and her foreign friends by claiming to be Hamas policemen.

Asma was one of the women arrested by Hamas on the beach last year for being with a group of friends - men and women - and for swimming in jeans and a T-shirt. In the Arabic article she says that she was arrested then for being in public without an Islamically-approved escort and for laughing.

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