President outlines rule changes, says more workers deserve overtime pay

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 June 2015 13:21

President Barack Obama on June 30 said the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay to nearly 5 million workers.

The White House, in a fact sheet released on June 30, said the proposal would guarantee overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 next year.

NBC fires Donald Trump over his racist rant

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 29 June 2015 17:41

NBC officials announced they’re ending a long business relationship with realtor and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of hateful comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his kick-off speech.

Court backs lethal injection in Oklahoma death penalty case

Written by Lawrence Hurley,
For Reuters
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:32

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 29 dealt a setback to opponents of the death penalty, endorsing Oklahoma's method of lethal injection.

June 29 marked the conclusion of the court's 2014-2015 term.

For the record: Quotes from the historic court ruling on marriage

Written by The AP Saturday, 27 June 2015 07:18

Some comments on the historic Supreme Court ruling that gives same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states:

"From this day forward, it will simply be 'marriage.'" — Lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell.

Oklahoma court: Remove Ten Commandments monument at Capitol

Written by The AP Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:13

A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on June 30.

Oklahoma's highest court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, are "obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths."

Liberal justices condemn death penalty in lethal-injection case

Written by Joan Biskupic,
For Reuters
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:44

Rancor over America's use of capital punishment erupted at the U.S Supreme Court on June 29, the final day of its annual session, as four justices read dueling opinions aloud and two suggested the outright abolition of the death penalty.

Justice Stephen Breyer, speaking for himself and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, said the safeguards that accompanied the 1976 high-court reinstatement of the death penalty have failed. Breyer said more than 100 death row convicts had been exonerated in recent decades and some innocent people had been wrongly put to death.

Rainbow celebration: Millions celebrate Pride in America

Written by By Sebastien Malo,
for Reuters
Monday, 29 June 2015 04:29

Americans marked LGBT Pride Day this year with an extra measure of gusto, turning out en masse at festivities on June 28 in New York and other cities to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

Two days after the court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, Gov. Andrew Cuomo kicked off the New York City celebration by officiating at the marriage of two men outside of the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar that is considered the birthplace of the U.S. gay rights movement.

One Union: What does the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage mean?

Written by The AP Saturday, 27 June 2015 07:06

The decades-long debate about whether same-sex marriage should be allowed in the United States was settled when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples can get married anywhere in the country.

A closer look at what it means:

Hemingway's home in Cuba to get $900,000 in U.S. improvements

Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 05:47

A U.S. foundation will ship nearly $900,000 in supplies to build a state-of-the-art facility to preserve Ernest Hemingway’s books, letters and photos — the first major export of construction materials to Cuba since President Barack Obama loosened the trade embargo on the island.

Supreme Court upholds Arizona redistricting commission

Written by Lawrence Hurley,
For Reuters
Monday, 29 June 2015 13:35

The Supreme Court's Arizona ruling on June 29 determined the fate of the state's bid to remove partisan politics from the process of drawing districts for its members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this 5-4 ruling, conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the court's four liberals in backing an independent commission approved by the state's voters to draw the districts.

Transcript: The president's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney
The 'Amazing Grace' speech

Written by The White House Saturday, 27 June 2015 13:58

The White House released the following text of President Barack Obama's eulogy for The Rev. Clementa Pinckney on June 26.

THE PRESIDENT: Giving all praise and honor to God. (Applause.)

Transcript: President Obama's remarks on marriage equality ruling

Written by President Barack Obama Friday, 26 June 2015 11:11

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality nationwide, President Barack Obama delivered the following remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House.

The president made his comments at about 11:15 a.m. June 26: