(CNN) - A Wisconsin judge struck down that state's controversial new collective bargaining law Thursday, ruling that GOP legislators failed to provide sufficient public notice before passing the measure this year.
Judge Maryann Sumi had previously issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the measure from taking effect.
(CNN) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney heaped praise on House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, the architect of the GOP Medicare plan.
"I worship the ground that Paul Ryan walks on," Cheney said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court has backed an Arizona law that punishes businesses hiring illegal aliens, a law that opponents, including the Obama administration, say steps on traditional federal oversight over immigration matters.
The 5-3 ruling Thursday is a victory for supporters of immigration reform.
Deauville, France (CNN) - President Barack Obama landed in France Thursday for meetings with the leaders of the world's leading economic powers, following a high-profile visit to London.
Obama discussed a range of security and economic issues during a one-on-one meeting with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev. He was also scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and participate in a full day of talks with other leaders of the Group of Eight nations.
(CNN) – A new poll spotlighting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida may give both Democrats and Republicans material to spin.
The Quinnipiac University survey, released Thursday, indicates that 51 percent of Florida voters approve of the job Nelson's doing, with just less than one in four saying they disapprove of how Nelson, a two-term senator who could face a challenging re-election next year, is performing in office.
Washington (CNN) – Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin sit atop a new poll in the battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
The Gallup survey, released Thursday, was the first national poll conducted following the announcements by Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump that they would not run for the White House and partially before and after Mitch Daniels' announcement that he also would not make a bid for his party's nomination.
(CNN) – MSNBC host Ed Schultz apologized Wednesday night for calling conservative host Laura Ingraham a "slut," comments that cost him a week long suspension from the cable channel.
"On my radio show yesterday, I used vile and inappropriate language with talking about radio talk show host Laura Ingraham. I am deeply sorry and I apologize," Schutlz said at the opening of his nightly program Wednesday. "It was wrong, uncalled-for and I apologize for the severity of what I've said."
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CNN: House Republicans admit they need to do better job selling Medicare plan after election loss
Despite Democratic claims their upset victory in a special election in western New York was proof of a voter backlash against the GOP plan to overhaul Medicare, House Republicans are sticking by their proposal but admitting they need to do a better job explaining it to voters. The main target of the Democratic attacks, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who authored the GOP Medicare plan, conceded his proposal does give Democrats a political tool to hold up next fall. "If you're willing to lie and demagogue Medicare and scare seniors, then yeah, they have a political weapon," Ryan told CNN.