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Tue May 24, 2011
Music Interviews

David Bazan: Fighting His Conscience

Left to right: Alex Westcoat, Andy Fitts and David Bazan.
Courtesy of the artist

In a 15-passenger Chevy van equipped with a makeshift bed and pantry, David Bazan's GPS system has him arriving right on time at his show in Omaha. At this point, he's one week into a tour, and has been driving all day from Colorado Springs.

"[Touring] is how I'm able to make ends meet," Bazan says, "because band touring costs so much money to bring a bunch of guys out."

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Tue May 24, 2011
Around the Nation

New Hampshire On Cusp Of Approving Right-To-Work

A vote in New Hampshire will decide whether the Granite State becomes the 23rd state to forbid unions from charging non-members a share of collective bargaining costs.

The Republican-dominated legislature there has already passed a so-called right-to-work bill, which was quickly vetoed by Democratic Gov. John Lynch.

The override vote Wednesday is expected to be close.

'If It's Not Broke, Don't Fix It'

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Tue May 24, 2011
Around the Nation

Collective Bargaining Curbs Spread Across The U.S.

At a "We Are One" union rally in New York City marking the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., protesters called for workers' rights in light of recent "anti-union" legislation in Wisconsin and Ohio.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker struck a nerve back in February with his bill to eliminate nearly all the collective bargaining rights of almost all public employees in the state.

Tens of thousands of people marched, chanted and protested for weeks. The law passed anyway, but it hasn't taken effect yet because it remains tied up in the courts.

In Indiana and Ohio, lawmakers advanced similar proposals despite similar outrage — and those are now law.

More quietly, several other states have curbed collective bargaining rights, too.

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Tue May 24, 2011

On Bob Dylan's 70th, We Flip Through His 'Back Pages'

Originally published on Tue May 24, 2011 4:06 pm

Bob Dylan performs onstage during the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas.
Kevin Winter Getty Images for AFI

Seventy years ago Tuesday in Duluth, Minn., Robert Zimmerman was born. He grew up a little north of there in the town of Hibbing. While still in his teens, he moved to New York City. Under the name Bob Dylan, he's been writing and singing songs ever since.

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Tue May 24, 2011

Netanyahu Ready For 'Painful Compromises' For Peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had lawmakers on Capitol Hill jumping to their feet repeatedly Tuesday to applaud him as he addressed a joint meeting of Congress. For the Israeli leader, it was a chance both to thank them for their unswerving support and to lay down a hard line on any new peace talks with the Palestinians.

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