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Gov. Scott Walker's (R) administration isn't letting one court order stop them from implementing the new law curtailing public employee unions -- nor do they seem concerned by a second court order, and threats of sanctions, after they had sidestepped the first.

As the Wisconsin State Journal reports, Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch has announced that the state will continue implementing the law, holding it to still be in effect:

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Wednesday he has a legal obligation to implement all laws passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Scott Walker and published into law. Huebsch said the Department of Justice and his own legal counsel, a team of DOA attorneys, agree the measure has met those requirements "and is now effective law."

"It is my duty to administer that law," he said.


Huebsch's statement also questioned whether Dane County (Madison) Judge Maryann Sumi's order could be binding upon him, as his department was not a defendant in the lawsuit against the bill: "It is unclear how she can issue an order binding non-parties to a case who have not had their day in court."

The lawsuit had targeted Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette, in his official capacity to publish bills before they take effect -- to which the Republicans responded by publishing it within a different agency, and claiming that it was now law.

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The old joke goes that most people can't find whatever country the United States is at war with on a map.

Same seems to be true for Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), a freshman congressman who also sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He's quoted in the Times-Tribune questioning President Obama's Libya strategy, and lack of deference to Congress.

"The bottom line is I wish the president would have told us, talked to Congress about what is the plan. Is there a plan? Is the mission to take Gadhafi out?" Mr. Marino asked.... "Where does it stop?" he said. "Do we go into Africa next? I don't want to sound callous or cold, but this could go on indefinitely around the world."


Yes, Libya is in Africa.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has trumped up scandals involving the Obama administration that have turned out to be duds. But in his probe of political interference in the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the Department of Homeland Security, it looks like Issa has the goods.

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Thursday morning, ABC's Good Morning America suggested some of the Tea Party's leaders have a case of "Hill Hypocrisy" for attacking government spending while taking millions in government money. ABC's senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl reported "the Tea Party movement is all about slashing federal spending, but at least five House members with Tea Party connections have themselves collected more than $100,000 each in federal farm subsidies, totalling more than $8 million since 1995."

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On Wednesday night, Jon Stewart checked in on the race for the Republican presidential nomination to see which candidate had an edge in courting the reddest of red voters among the party's base.

Dubbing it the race for the presidency of 'Base-istan,' Stewart ran through comments several prospective GOP candidates have made on the party's hot-button issues.

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Democrats have glommed on to something House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said about Social Security at a recent event at the conservative Hoover Institution, which they're characterizing as an unintentional revelation of the GOP's plans to dismantle entitlement programs.

"I mean, just from the very notion that it said that 50 percent of beneficiaries under the Social Security program use those moneys as their sole source of income. So we've got to protect today's seniors," Cantor said. "But for the rest of us? For -- you know, listen, we're going to have to come to grips with the fact that these programs cannot exist if we want America to be what we want America to be."

Pretty damning stuff, eliminating Social Security. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office blasted out a statement to reporters Wednesday, "A warning for American workers and their families - your retirement security is at risk! Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced this week some major news on Social Security." Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) cited the statement in a subcommittee hearing about the health care law.

Except in full context, and looking back at previous, very similar statements, it appears Cantor misspoke.

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Strategists: 2012 White House Hopefuls Will Bash Any Bipartisan Budget Accord The Hill reports: "If lawmakers strike a bipartisan deal on the budget, Republicans who are eyeing a White House bid will likely condemn it, according to GOP strategists. While staunch conservatives in the House want any agreement to include a defunding of the healthcare law, that's not a deal the White House will sign off on. Given that the crop of probable presidential hopefuls have universally derided the law, there is little chance that any of them will fully support such a budget accord."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and Obama will meet with senior advisers at 10:30 a.m. ET. Obama and Biden will meet at 3 p.m. ET with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Vice President Joe Biden announced a breakthrough in talks to avert a government shutdown as top aides continued to hash out a proposal with cuts of nearly $33 billion in the 2011 budget.

Although Biden said no deal had been reached as of Wednesday night, he was optimistic that the agreement on the top figure was the beginning of the end to the standoff between House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the White House on how to fund the government through September and keep it up and running past April 8.

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A top Senate Democratic aide says there's been a key thaw in discussions between Senate Dem leaders and House Republicans to avert a government shutdown.

The aide said Republican negotiators are once again willing to meet Democrats in the middle, to cut a bit over $30 billion from current spending -- just about half the $61 billion House Republicans have proposed.

Crucially, the idea of drawing from mandatory spending areas -- including the big entitlement programs -- is back on the table, according to the aide.

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