Sanders introduces living wage act in Senate
Progressive caucus members offer bill in House

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 24 July 2015 05:53

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders , the Vermont independent running for the Democratic presidential nomination, this week introduced the Pay Workers a Living Wage Act.

The bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

A Republican-led House committee has asked for a briefing from the Planned Parenthood official whose secretly recorded discussion of how her organization obtains tissue from aborted fetuses for research has ignited a new GOP political offensive on abortion.

The letter to Planned Parenthood from GOP leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said comments by Dr. Deborah Nucatola "raise most troubling questions with regard to your organization's practices when performing abortions and whether those practices are consistent with federal law."

Justice Kennedy compares gay marriage uproar to flag burning

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 17 July 2015 05:12

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy this week likened controversy over the court's decision to allow gay marriage to public reaction over the 1989 ruling that said burning an American flag was protected free speech.

Kennedy, who was the deciding vote in both cases, described how the reaction decades ago was critical at first but changed over time.

Pentagon announces plan to lift ban against transgender servicemembers

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 13 July 2015 17:55

The Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on July 13, ordering a six-month study aimed at lifting the ban.

Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released this week.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans said this month they had a favorable view of the pope, compared to 76 percent in February 2014, Gallup reported. The share of Americans who disapproved of the pope increased from 9 percent to 16 percent in the same period. The changes were most dramatic among political conservatives, whose opinion of Francis nosedived by 27 percentage points to 45 percent. Among Catholics, Francis' approval dropped by 18 percentage points to 71 percent.

Experts create a diet for health and the environment, but Republicans try blocking it

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 19 July 2015 20:08

New dietary guidelines are due later this year.

Congressional Republicans beholden to food industry lobbyists are complaining, “Where’s the beef?” in a scientific committee’s proposed revisions to the U.S. dietary guidelines.

At a Glance: Internet TV options

Written by The AP Wednesday, 15 July 2015 10:23

You’ve heard about Comcast’s new streaming video service. A glance now at the ever-changing viewer’s scape of Internet TV options.

Trump accuses Mexico of sending criminals across border

Written by The AP Monday, 13 July 2015 08:38

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week criticized U.S. immigration and trade policies on in speeches that veered from accusing Mexico of deliberately sending criminals across the border to professing respect for the Mexican government and love for its people.

Speaking to a gathering of Libertarians in Las Vegas before headlining an event in Phoenix, Trump repeated his charge that Mexico was sending violent offenders to the U.S. to harm Americans and that U.S. officials were being "dumb" in dealing with immigrants in the country illegally.

Creative with crayons
Adult coloring books become best-sellers

Written by BETH J. HARPAZ,
Associated Press writer
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:05

Adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer.

Brad Pitt slams Costco over factory-farmed eggs

Written by Sandy Cohen,
AP Entertainment writer
Sunday, 19 July 2015 13:00

Brad Pitt and Bill Maher say Costco contributes to animal cruelty by selling eggs from caged hens.

Harper Lee’s new novel is a story of lost innocence

AP National Writer
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 07:17

The novel is out today.

Like her classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Harper Lee novel out on July 14 is a coming of age story.

Can the KKK 'adopt a highway'? That's a legal question

Written by The AP Friday, 10 July 2015 06:26

A Georgia court heard arguments on July 9 about whether the state violated a Ku Klux Klan group's constitutional rights by refusing its application to a highway cleanup program and whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision applies in the case.

The north Georgia KKK group applied to join the state's Adopt-A-Highway program in May 2012, hoping to clean up along part of Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains. The state Department of Transportation, which runs the program, denied the application. The department said its program was aimed at "civic-minded organizations in good standing."