Either way, discussions about public employee compensation do need to be part of long-term budget fixes.
Riders in the Pro Stock class cross the starting line during the East Coast SnoCross at Rockingham Park, Saturday, in Salem, N.H.
For Wisconsin Gov. Walker, as well as the thousands of protesters camped out at the state Capitol, the battle over public employee unions – particularly the right to bargain collectively – is fundamental, almost visceral.
Public employees protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to weaken collective bargaining in Wisconsin have been joined by steelworkers, teamsters, nurses, airline pilots, and other private sector workers. In state capitals around the country, supporters rallied as well.
With the battle of Wisconsin reverberating in union halls across the country, Obama has refrained from weighing in forcefully on a core Democratic issue. Analysts say he has played it right.
With Wisconsin's senators still in hiding, the rest of the state's lawmakers continue to wrangle over a budget bill that would mean big changes for most public employees. Who'll blink first?
Rich Yaeger of Madison, Wis., waves his flag and a sign at a tea party rally at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., on Feb. 19.
Police have separated union activists and tea party supporters in Atlanta, Denver, Des Moines, and Columbus, as tensions rise over a Wisconsin push to curtail collective bargaining.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thought he was having a friendly chat with David Koch, a billionaire industrialist and major funder of conservative causes. It turned out to be a liberal prankster.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspects the Queen's Gurkha Engineers Attestation Party during a visit to Invicta Park Barracks, in Maidstone, southern England.