Post Spring Break Catch-Up

Hope everyone’s been having a good spring break!  The last couple of weeks have been filled with dramatic current events.

The Wisconsin Republicans proved that controlling the rules is more than half the battle in politics.  They detached the collective bargaining rule from the budget and thus did not need a quorum to pass it. It passed on its own with just Republican votes, and the Democrats came home from Illinois and challenged the passage in court.  A judge stayed the law temporarily but the Republicans went ahead and published it anyway. It’s pretty much a mess. Meanwhile, Democratic and labor union anger over the policy has not abated and the Democrats claim to be ahead of their goals for gaining signatures to stage recall elections of some of the Republicans this summer.  The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne is well worth reading on the lasting political consequences of the conflict.

The airstrikes in Libya show the unending struggle between Congress and the President over who gets to run a war.  Obama will speak on the military action tonight.

And an interesting article in this morning’s Washington Post over a case headed to the Supreme Court.  Is lying about your military record protected speech?

On other fronts, keep your eyes on the impending budget showdown, as House Republicans insist they will not pass a budget without some policy riders attached and Senate Democrats insist they will not pass it with them.