The move by Republican governors to get rid of public sector unions' collective bargaining rights isn't just a response to runaway pension obligations on the part of state governments. It's also a way to defund one of the Democratic parties most important interest groups.
Mohammad Yunus won the Nobel peace prize in 2006 for his pioneering work in lending to the poor. The Bangladesh government has ordered him removed as head of the bank he founded, saying that at age 70 he was past the country's retirement age.
About 1,500 people jammed the street in front of City Hall in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday to protest last week's dismissal of the city's entire teaching force.
"I thought the only insanity was in Wisconsin, not in Rhode Island," Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the crowd, which raised signs and banged drums.
Weingarten calls the terminations insane, but city officials say they had no choice: The city is facing an estimated deficit of more than $100 million for the next fiscal year, or roughly 20 percent of the city budget.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has had a checkered relationship with the African continent over the years. His pursuit of a United States of Africa — with himself as the continent's self-styled King of Kings — is one of the mercurial colonel's more recent projects.