Politics & Government
1:37 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wisconsin Writer Sees Discontent with Partisan Politics Reaching Critical Mass

Blue Jeans in High Place by Mike McCabe

Congress is taking up a one trillion dollar spending bill that would keep the federal government in business through the end of the fiscal year. But that news is unlikely to signal a watershed new era in bipartisan cooperation in the capital.

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Politics & Government
3:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Taking Stock of Senator Tammy Baldwin

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It’s been just over a month since sweeping victories by Republican candidates around the country, and here in Wisconsin. 

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Politics & Government
11:56 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Nixon's Legacy, Forty Years After His Pardon

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Monday is the 40th anniversary of President Gerald R. Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, the only President in American history to resign.

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Politics & Government
10:26 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Essay: Tumbling Dumpsters

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Both the Democrats and Republicans are trying to close ranks ahead of this year’s mid-term elections – and ahead of the bigger prize in 2016 – the White House. Lake Effect political satirist Will Durst says that led to the most strained meeting he can imagine since Cain attended Abel’s funeral.

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Politics & Government
11:58 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Act 10 and the General Election: How Will Voters be Affected?

How will Wisconsin's Act 10 affect voters in the November election?
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Wisconsin’s primary elections are next Tuesday.  But it will be the general election in November that many believe will effectively be a referendum, another one, on the course Scott Walker has set as governor of Wisconsin.

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Arts & Culture
2:36 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Celebrating the United States Constitution, or America 2.0

The United States Constitution
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[Originally aired September 2012]

225 years ago, on September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed their names to the final draft of the United States Constitution.  Less than a year later, on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify it, it became, as it states in its own Article VI, the supreme law of the land. 

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Essay: Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Feminist Suffrage Parade in New York City, 1912
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[originally aired in August 2011]

Picture this. You are a woman lawyer clerking for a federal judge, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. It is September of 1970, with revolution in the air, a time of long hair on men and short skirts on women.  You join a group of fifteen or so of your male law school classmates (women had constituted less than 3% of the class) for lunch in the restaurant at the top of the Marine Bank (now the Chase Tower).  

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Politics & Government
3:27 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Putin in a Tight Spot, Cyr Analyzes Current Events

On July 18, 2014, President Putin's meeting on economic issues began with a moment of silence in honour of victims of plane crash over Ukrainian territory
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Late yesterday afternoon, Dutch investigators were finally allowed access to the Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over rebel-held territory in Ukraine.  The bodies that have been recovered are being transported back to the Netherlands, where the flight took off last week.  

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Politics & Government
2:59 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Influence and Credibility of Presidential Mandates Analyzed in New Book

Dr. Julia Azari analyzes the presidential mandate in her new book.
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There’s no doubt we live in a highly politicized, highly polarized time.  As we enter the mid-term elections, there are a number of Republican candidates who are running with the promise of trying to impeach President Obama in the last two years of his term.

A variety of challenges, both foreign and domestic, have President Obama’s popularity at a low point, even among people who have historically supported him.  It’s a far cry from the mandate that the President and his political allies cited after his re-election two years ago.

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Health & Science
2:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

ESSAY: Mixing Methane and International Politics Is a Gas, Gas, Gas

A methane pipe
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Could a molecule composed of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms ignite Armageddon?

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