Police identified the gunman who killed six people at a Wisconsin Sikh temple as a 40-year-old U.S. Army veteran, and a monitor of extremists said he was a member of a racist skinhead band. Read More
A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three others at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead in an attack that authorities are treating as an act of domestic terrorism.Witnesses said the gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time as women prepared a Sunday meal, sending worshippers fleeing to escape the barrage. Read More
Globalization is the very same phenomenon that has done more to end poverty in the world than all the well-intentioned aid programs have ever done. Millions of Chinese and Indian workers have ridden the production of stuff for world markets to a level of affluence undreamt of only a decade or so ago. Millions of Russians and residents of former satellite nations are increasingly prosperous and free to travel and spend. Read More
Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine axeman Tom Morello certainly doesn’t pull any political punches. Tomorrow, at 9 a.m. our time, he’ll once again be chiming in with the blue-collar masses when he performs acoustically as his alter ego The Nightwatchman at Occupy Wall Street in New York, at Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park. Read More
The Republican National Committee is launching a new television ad campaign in four states that went Democrat in 2004 and 2008. The ad, "Change Direction 2," is the second in a month-long series of ads highlighting President Obama’s economic record. Read More
Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is announcing he will not run for a fifth term next year. Kohl is a Democrat who was first elected with 53% of the vote in 1988 and reelected with 58% in 1994, 62% in 2000 and 67% in 2006. Read More
National Journal is reporting that according to Democratic sources, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., will not seek reelection in 2012. Wisconsin was already set to be a fiercely contested battleground state in the presidential election, adding a senate race to the mix only increases the state’s prominence. Read More
Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to restructure Wisconsin’s relationship with its public employees sparked a national debate over how to address states’ budget problems. The governor’s critics wrung their hands at the prospect that his “assault” on public employees and their unions would become a model for other states.
They had reason to fear that it might. As of last fall, state and local governments had 19.4 million employees. Read More
Right on schedule, allegations that somebody committed voter fraud or other election illegalities in yesterday's Wisconsin Supreme Court balloting are being heard this afternoon in a county that voted heavily for incumbent conservative Justice David Prosser.
Pundit Press, which closely followed the election balloting yesterday, offers this analysis: Read More
Public employee unions and tea party supporters have been gathering signatures to trigger recall elections of, respectively, Republican and Democratic state senators in what amounts to a referendum on Republican Governor Scott Walker’s policies limiting the privileges of public employee unions. What’s the score. Read More