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Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Governor Walker's Anti-Union Bill

It’s official—the Wisconsin Supreme Court has re-instated Scott Walker’s union-busting “Budget Repair Bill” as the law of the land. Despite months of coordinated protests by unions, lawmakers and Wisconsinites, it is now illegal for public workers to collectively bargain in the state.

Last night on The Ed Show, Ed Schultz spoke with John Nichols about what this moment means for labor rights in Wisconsin, and how the new law's severity can be turned into fuel for the recall campaigns currently underway for many of the Republican lawmakers who helped force the bill through. 

Anna Lekas Miller

On Weinergate: The Post-Modern Sex Scandal

As prominent Democrats (including House Leader Nancy Pelosi) press for Representative Anthony Weiner's resignation, questions remain over what Weiner's  possible departure will mean for progressive politics in Washington. Why is it that in an increasingly sex-obsessed media environment, some politicians are able to survive political scandals while others quickly leave office?

In a new Bloggingheads segment, Dana Goldstein and Amanda Marcotte continue their debate that started last week on TheNation.com about Weinergate and discuss the disgraced Congressman's future and, more than a decade after Bill Clinton's impeachment, the role of the sex scandal in American politics. 

—Kevin Donohoe

Sex Scandal Rehab: A Political Move?

Can Anthony Weiner’s decision to “seek treatment” salvage his political identity? Or will he forever be “damaged goods?” Perhaps it is just the American Way to “kick ‘em while they’re down”—no matter what they did, or who they are.

The Nation's Melissa Harris-Perry joins MSNBC for her Sound Off segment to comment on the psychology behind our obsession with sex scandals and Weiner's hopes for rehabilitation.

Anna Lekas Miller

Will the GOP Debate Be Civilized or a Slugfest?

Lately the GOP hopefuls have been treated more like the cast of a reality TV show than as their party's potential presidential nominees. Will tonight’s Republican primary debate in New Hampshire reveal a familiar “slugfest,” or a viable political prognosis? Watch The Nation’s George Zornick and the Washington Times’s Charles Hurt on C-SPAN's Washington Journal break down GOP strategy, the beginnings of the electoral horse race, and the eternal question: will Sarah Palin run for president?

Anna Lekas Miller

Wall Street Finally Lost a Battle, but Only Because it Was Up Against Another Giant

Wall Street finally lost a battle, but only because it was up against another giant: the retail industry. The Nation’s George Zornick joined RTAmerica to discuss an amendment to a bill that requires the Feds to limit “swipe fees”—sums that banks charge retailers when a customer uses a debit or credit card at their store. How will consumers fair in all of this?

To read Zornick’s report from just before the amendment passed, click here.

—Sara Jerving

Is the GOP Planning to Run 'Fake Democrats' in Wisconsin?

The GOP plans to run "fake Democrats" in the upcoming Wisconsin recall election. On The Ed ShowThe Nation's John Nichols argues that this tactic will fail. Governor Scott Walker and the GOP are trying to pass a very unpopular budget that the majority of Wisconsinites oppose because it makes cuts to education, local services and escalates an ongoing attack on unions. These "fake Democrats" may help them because this would force the state to hold a primary, which would delay the recall election.

—Kevin Gosztola

WikiLeaks Cables Show how US Micromanages Haiti's Economy & Politics

Nearly two thousand US State Embassy cables concerning Haiti published by WikiLeaks show how the US has worked to micromanage Haiti's economy and its political and electoral process. Mark Weisbrot of the Center for Economic Policy & Research says the cables show that the US government has gone to great lengths to influence the outcome of Haiti's elections. AJE correspondent Imram Garda concludes Haiti's president Michel Martelly must now decide whether to serve the interests of his people or the interests of "powerful neighbors." 

For more, see "WikiLeaks Haiti: The Nation Partners With Haïti Liberté on Release of Secret Haiti Cables," for all of The Nation's published stories on the Haiti cables.

—Kevin Gosztola

Are Low Income Home Buyers Facing a New Credit Crunch?

A new set of rules triggered by the banking collapse of 2008 could restrict the credit of low income home buyers, putting home ownership out of reach for many Americans. The Nation's Melissa Harris-Perry joined MSNBC for her Soundoff segment to explain how civil rights and fairness depend on access to stable housing.

—Sara Jerving

Why Was Santana Booed for Talking About Civil Rights?

Last month, the Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game in Atlanta took an inspiring twist when special guest Carlos Santana took a stand for the rights of immigrants in Georgia and across the country. How did the crowd react? By booing the legendary musician.

Just before the game, the governor of Georgia had signed HR 87, a law modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070, that authorizes state and local police the powers to demand immigration papers from people they suspect to be undocumented. When given the microphone, Santana stated, "The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves." The cheers turned to boos. The Nation’s Dave Zirin reacts on PBS’s Need To Know to the irony of the crowd booing Santana on Civil Rights Day for talking about Civil Rights.

For Zirin’s piece on the Atlanta game, click here.

—Sara Jerving

Intelligence and Judgment Standards for Politicians?

The scandal over Representative Anthony Weiner’s inappropriate online interactions with a series of women—coupled with allegations that former presidential candidate John Edwards used campaign money to hide an extramarital affair and the fact that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with one of his employees—raises the question, How can voters get a better idea of the behavior and even the intelligence of those who seek to represent them?

The Nation’s Melissa Harris-Perry joins MSNBC for her “Soundoff” segment to explain that with the surge of technology and information, voters are attracted to people who do well on television or who can connect with voters in ways that are not necessarily policy driven.

—Sara Jerving

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