The coming battle, from Melissa Maynard, Stateline :
Public sector unions have escaped a comparable decline in their ranks, with 36.2 percent of state and local employees still in unions. But an increasingly loud chorus of governors and state legislators may change that. Like Solis, their argument is tied to the need for more and better jobs, but they blame public sector unions for jeopardizing that.
They argue that state collective bargaining laws have enabled public sector unions to artificially inflate the cost of government and suck jobs from the private sector by forcing businesses to pay higher taxes. To get the economy back on track, they say, these laws have to be modified or dismantled. This kind of thinking is sparking heated debate both in heavily unionized states, such as New York and Ohio, and in states where unions have fewer members and less clout, such as Nebraska and South Dakota.
Regime Change in Egypt? From Caroline Glick :
On Thursday afternoon, Egyptian presidential hopeful Mohammed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency returned to Egypt from Vienna to participate in anti-regime demonstrations.[…]Elbaradei’s support for the Iranian ayatollahs is matched by his support for the Muslim Brotherhood. This group, which forms the largest and best organized opposition movement to the Mubarak regime is the progenitor of Hamas and al Qaida. It seeks Egypt’s transformation into an Islamic regime that will stand at the forefront of the global jihad. In recent years, the Muslim Brotherhood has been increasingly drawn into the Iranian nexus along with Hamas. Muslim Brotherhood attorneys represented Hizbullah terrorists arrested in Egypt in 2009 for plotting to conduct spectacular attacks aimed at destroying the regime.