News Briefs – March 8, 2011

Amber Sandlin / Sun Star Reporter
March 8, 2011

Marines sent to defend humanitarianism

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on March 1 that he was sending two warships and 400 marines to Libya to aid in any emergency evacuations and urges caution on any military action in Libya. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairperson of the Joint Chiefs, said at a Pentagon news briefing that the Defense Department was examining a wide range of military options but said no decision was made on executing any of them. “All of the options beyond the humanitarian assistance and evacuation are complex,” Gates said. Shifting U.S. forces to deal with Libya could affect U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, he said.

Source: LA Times

Government shutdown delayed

On Wednesday, March 2, Congress dodged a government shutdown by approving a two-week spending bill. The bill approved cuts of about $4 billion from the current spending levels. The House has already approved a 2011 budget that would cut $61 billion for the remainder of the year. Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, recently wrote on the group’s website that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) “looks like a fool” by relenting on the GOP’s promise to cut $100 billion.

Source: CNN.com and the Tea Party Nation website

Wisconsin governor attempts to layoff 1,500 people

Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor, punished the absent Democrats by sending out 1,500 layoff notices to state employees. Walker also ordered the arrest of the 14 Democrats, who fled the state to prevent the vote from taking place. If passed, the legislation would end collective bargaining privileges for most public employee unions. The GOP in Wisconsin argues the proposal contains a number of provisions to plug a $137 million deficit, while Democrats and unions see the legislation as an attack on workers rights and an attempt to weaken union support for Democrats.

Source: NY Daily news

 

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