A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday to stop Gov. Scott Walker from implementing a new law severely limiting collective bargaining rights while she considers the merits of a challenge to the controversial legislation.
According to news reports, Dane Country Judge Maryann Sumi imposed the restraining order on the basis that a lawsuit against the law had a high likelihood of prevailing.
Get outside if you can tomorrow evening and look up. Something that only happens a couple times in most people's lives should be putting on a pretty good show (and we can all use a break from the news of late).
Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is known for her liberal position on issues like the health care and federal spending. The Democrat is the only openly gay woman serving in Congress and is co-sponsoring legislation that would repeal the controversial Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage. In our weekly Political Chat, host Michel Martin speaks with Representative Baldwin about the recently introduced Respect for Marriage Act and gets her take on the developments in Libya and the future of nuclear energy in the U.S.
The town of Noda used to sit on the Pacific Coast near the top of the main island of Japan.
It also used to be behind a massive tsunami wall — but the waves following the 9.0 earthquake on March 11 obliterated that concrete barrier. The pounding water flattened much of Noda.
The coastal plain is now an expanse of mud, pulverized houses, twisted light poles and snapped tree trunks. In some places the piles of debris are more than two stories high. Battered cars are mixed into heaps of splintered plywood, household appliances and silty muck.