Gov. Scott Walker has prevailed so far in his effort to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights. The epic political battle in Wisconsin has accelerated the national debate on the role of labor unions.
Some critics say Wisconsin protests were borderline unconstitutional because they threatened the orderly processes of state government. At issue is an obscure clause in the Constitution.
A dog waits to take part in Britain's annual Crufts dog show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England.
Wisconsin state Senate Republicans took the extraordinary – and possibly illegal – step of rushing a vote that stripped unions of collective bargaining power.
Vivian Schiller, CEO of NPR, stepped down Wednesday in the wake of a sting video that showed an NPR fundraiser disparaging conservatives. With the Vivian Schiller departure, NPR is left to fight criticism that intolerance is part of its DNA.
A homecoming that seemed imminent on Monday appears to be off on Tuesday, as trust erodes between Democratic 'Wisconsin 14' and Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Labor standoff resumes.
Wisconsin's 14 Democratic absentee state senators indicate they're ready to return – because they think they've already won the war, if not this battle.
A Belarussian Interior Ministry soldier has a masonry block on his chest smashed by a flaming hammer as part of Maslenitsa celebrations in Minsk, Sunday, March 6. Maslenitsa is a pagan holiday marking the end of winter celebrated by pancake eating and shows of strength.
The warring factions could be taking note of voter restlessness over the long standoff between the governor and Wisconsin's state workers – or they could simply be wearing down. Either way, hint of compromise is in the air.
In Wisconsin, and now Ohio, public unions are on the defensive over collective bargaining 'rights.' Both sides need to see the larger picture to find common ground.