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Entries by Amanda Terkel from 06/2011

Wisconsin GOP Discusses Planting Democratic Spoiler Candidate In Recall Election (AUDIO)

Posted 06.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in Wisconsin's La Crosse County recently discussed the possibility of finding a spoiler candidate to run against Democratic ...

Wisconsin Protesters Erect 'Walkerville' Tent City To Protest Scott Walker's Budget Cuts

Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In February and March, thousands of protesters flooded the Wisconsin Capitol, sleeping in the building overnight and filling the dome wi...

Lawmakers To Press For Strong Afghanistan Drawdown In Coming Weeks

Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The war in Afghanistan is increasingly becoming the war no one wants. Opposition to the conflict is now mainstream, with the vast ma...

Delta Charges U.S. Troops Returning From Afghanistan $2,800 In Baggage Fees (VIDEO)

Posted 06.08.2011 | World

This story has been updated. WASHINGTON -- Delta Air Lines is facing intense criticism after charging 34 U.S. soldiers returning from Afghanistan $...

Russ Feingold Raises More Than $130,000 For Wisconsin Democratic Recall Candidates

Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold has raised more than $130,000 in less than a week for the nine Democrats running in Wisconsin's recall elections. The fund...

House Republicans Cut Food Assistance For Low-Income Families While Protecting Azaleas

Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're an azalea at the National Arboretum, you're in luck -- a Republican on the House Appropriations Committee is looking out for y...

Chris Coons Calls For A Change Of Strategy In Afghanistan

Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is calling for a change of strategy in Afghanistan, arguing the current course is unsustainable and the milita...

Paul LePage Never Saw Maine Labor Mural He Ordered Removed

Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics

What did Paul LePage, Maine's Republican governor, see in a state agency's labor mural that he found so troubling that he ordered it removed and spark...

Russ Feingold: 'The Democratic Party Is In Danger Of Losing Its Identity'

Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold issued Democrats a dire warning at the annual Netroots Nation conference here on Thursday...

Dan Pfeiffer, White House Communications Director, Goes On Defensive In Progressive Lion's Den

Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer found himself in the often uncomfortable position of defending President Obama'...

Privatization At The Heart Of Divisive Battles In Wisconsin

Posted 06.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport is in good shape. Last year, it was the fastest-growing airport in the United States and one of the top air...

Al Franken: Democrats Shouldn't Swear Off Super PACs In 2012 Election

Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) seems to have few Democratic allies in Congress interested in rejecting corporate dollars and undisc...

Americans For Prosperity Hosts Wisconsin Phonebank At RightOnline Conference

Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Wisconsin was a central theme at the dueling conservative and progressive conferences for online activists here, with both sides...

Carl Levin: Obama Needs To Withdraw At Least 15,000 Troops From Afghanistan

Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has put forward a baseline number of troops that the president must announ...

The Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Fight: Behind The Scenes

Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

This report is part I in a two-part series on a behind-the-scenes look at the Wisconsin collective bargaining fight. Read part II here. WASHINGTON ...

Joe Manchin Urges Obama To Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal, Draws McCain's Ire (VIDEO)

Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One day before President Obama is set to announce the beginning of the troop drawdown in Afghanistan, a Democratic senator is coming out...

Mitch McConnell: GOP More Willing To Be Isolationist Because There's A Democratic President (VIDEO)

Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expects the Senate to soon debate and vote on the conflict in Libya, although he is refus...

Mark Amodei, GOP Candidate In Nevada, Under Fire For Ad Warning Of A Chinese Takeover

Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressional candidate in Nevada is facing criticism from Asian-American groups for his controversial new ad that portrays...

Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal In Speech To Nation

Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a much-anticipated prime time address on Wednesday, President Barack Obama laid out the beginning of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan...

Democrats Largely Disappointed With Obama's Afghanistan Announcement

Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers who have been pressing for a sizable and significant withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan almost universally ...

Wisconsin Labor-Backed Group Launches First TV Ad In Recall Elections

Posted 06.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The labor-backed progressive group We Are Wisconsin has launched its first television ad of the upcoming recall elections, targeting sta...

Petraeus Backs Obama's Afghanistan Plan But Says Drawdown Is More 'Aggressive' Than Military Wanted (VIDEO)

Posted 06.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told members of Congress Thursday that he backs President Barack Obama's pla...

The Story Of The Wisconsin 14: Behind The Scenes

Posted 06.23.2011 | Politics

This report is part II in a two-part series on a behind-the-scenes look at the Wisconsin collective bargaining fight. Read part I here. WASHINGTON ...