As the anti-reform protests in Madison, Wisconsin, drag into their third week, much has been said about how peaceful, respectful, and well-behaved the demonstrators have been. But there are certainly some glaring exceptions which, while not adequately covered by the mainstream media, deserve some attention nonetheless.

U.S. military officials are firmly denying allegations published in Rolling Stone magazine that a top Army officer in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General William Caldwell (picture, left), ordered experts in psychological warfare to conduct psychological operations (psy-ops) on visiting U.S. senators and others in hopes that they would help increase funding and troops for the combat effort. Furthermore, the officer in charge of the psy-ops said that when he objected to the operation as illegal, he was placed under investigation and reprimanded.

Resurrection Medical Center, located in Chicago, Illinois, is the first Roman Catholic hospital in the country to begin the practice of interrupting abortion procedures midway through the process at the request of the mother.

On Monday, Idaho State Representative Pete Nielsen (R-Mountain Home) introduced a non-binding measure calling on the Congress of the United States to repeal the 17th Amendment.

AFSCME in WisconsinUnions — in both the public and private sectors — have been thrust back into the national spotlight following weeks of unrest over proposed reforms, particularly in Wisconsin, but in other states as well. Countless commentators and analysts of all persuasions have offered their opinions on the matter. And the outcome of ongoing battles, all of them agree, will have far-reaching repercussions.