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Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue.

Some still steered clear from the sensitive debate, even after the shooting deaths of nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston further exposed the raw emotions about the flying the flag.

Common Cause wants special counsel on campaign finance violations in presidential race

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 15 June 2015 14:00

Common Cause on June 15 urged U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible criminal violations of campaign finance laws.

The watchdog nonprofit made the call as Jeb Bush officially announced his candidacy for president.

Mexico Supreme Court rules for same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 15 June 2015 08:23

Mexico's supreme court has ruled it is unconstitutional for Mexican states to bar same-sex marriages.

But the court's ruling is considered a "jurisprudential thesis" and does not invalidate any state laws, meaning gay couples denied the right to wed would have to turn to the courts individually.

House votes to repeal country-of-origin labeling on meat

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 12 June 2015 09:20

Beef, if it is what's for dinner, do you want to know where it comes from?

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.

World shocked at nation's enduring racism, gun violence

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 19 June 2015 10:05

China wasted little time returning such charges following the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead. Elsewhere, the attack renewed perceptions that Americans have too many guns and have yet to overcome racial tensions.

Study: Nazi propaganda made life-long impact on German children

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 15 June 2015 13:47

Anti-Semitic propaganda had a life-long effect on German children schooled during the Nazi period, leaving them far more likely to harbor negative views of Jews than those born earlier and later, according to a new study.

The findings indicate that attempts to influence public attitudes are most effective when they target young people, particularly if the message confirms existing beliefs, the authors said.

Floor speeches, reaction to House vote on trade bill

Written by From WiG reports Friday, 12 June 2015 13:23

The House of Representatives on June 12 voted to derail a high-profile trade bill pushed by President Barack Obama.

The vote was a significant defeat for the president, with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and dozens of Democratic lawmakers going against the administration.

Walt Disney’s wild ride with surrealist Salvador Dali

Written by MICHAEL LIEDTKE,
Associated Press writer
Friday, 12 June 2015 09:10

It turns out the man behind Mickey Mouse liked quirky cats.

Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a short-lived partnership and decades-long friendship with surrealistic artist Salvador Dali.

Gunman kills 9 at historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

Written by The AP Thursday, 18 June 2015 06:15

A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault authorities described as a hate crime.

Poll: Two-thirds expect Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 15 June 2015 08:29

A new survey finds broad popular support for same-sex marriage in the United States and strong expectations that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

The survey finds, overall, that 55 percent of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, while 37 oppose.

Walker's attack on higher-ed seen as 'consequential, signal event' by nation's academics

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Friday, 12 June 2015 12:00

Four years after taking union rights away from teachers and other public workers in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker now wants to strip job protections for University of Wisconsin professors in a move he likens to the 2011 law that made him a national figure and set up his expected presidential run.

Georgia woman jailed for using abortion pills now faces new charges

Written by Kathleen Foody
and Russ Bynum,
AP writers
Friday, 12 June 2015 08:03

A Georgia woman spent nearly three days in jail without bond before prosecutors decided police had wrongly charged her with murder after being told she had used pills ordered online to terminate her pregnancy.