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Tuesday 01 March 2011
Today the stand-off between the Wisconsin state government and its public-sector trade unions could come to a head. The battle is between a Republican governor intent on curbing the benefits and power of the unions and tens of thousands of public employees, supported by Democratic legislators, who are determined not to lose their jobs, pay or bargaining rights.
Tuesday 01 March 2011
The showdown between Wisconsin's Republican governor and his Democratic and public employee opponents has grown only fiercer in a state budget battle that has turned into the biggest national controversy over unions and their rights since Ronald Reagan sacked striking federal air-traffic controllers in 1981.
Thursday 24 February 2011
The showdown over union rights that has paralysed politics in Wisconsin is spreading to other American states, threatening to trigger a national "workers war" of a kind not seen since Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers en masse 30 years ago.
Monday 21 February 2011
Tuesday 08 February 2011
Monday 07 February 2011
Thursday 03 February 2011
Monday 27 December 2010
A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg on the day the Mississippi city fell to Union forces 147 years ago.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
Saturday 30 October 2010
Friday 08 October 2010
The first economic analysis of growing genetically modified crops on a wide scale has found that the biggest winners were the farmers who decided not to grow them.
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