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

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.

Federal appeals court upholds Texas anti-abortion restrictions

Written by The AP Thursday, 11 June 2015 08:32

A federal appeals court this week upheld Texas' strict abortion restrictions that could soon leave only seven abortion clinics open in a state of 27 million people.

The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allows Texas to enforce Republican-backed restrictions that require abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards, a checklist that includes rules on minimum room sizes, staffing levels and air ventilation systems. The restrictions, approved in 2013, are among the toughest in the nation.

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.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is checking allegations that an agent working for a pipeline company offered to hire a prostitute for a landowner if he would allow access to his land.

The 61-year-old Lee County landowner, Hughie Tweedy, has said he has recorded proof that the agent made the offer. The proposed underground pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to a hub in Illinois.

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.

North Carolina religious-exemption gay marriage bill becomes law

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:20

A measure allowing some court officials to refuse to perform gay marriage responsibilities because of their religious beliefs became law in North Carolina on June 11, but opponents said litigation challenging the new measure was likely to come soon.

The state House voted Thursday to override Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of the bill, making the law effective immediately. The Senate voted to override last week.

Defense Department to extend non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 June 2015 16:09

The Department of Defense announced on June 9 plans to extend non-discrimination protections to LGB troops by updating the Military Equal Opportunity program to include sexual orientation as a protected class.

The Human Rights Campaign responded. “We appreciate the leadership of Secretary Carter in advancing this unfinished business of 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal which is an important step to ensure LGB servicemembers are treated equally,” said HRC government affairs director David Stacy. “To reach our goal of full LGBT equality in the military, it’s also crucially important that the ban on transgender service members be lifted by updating outdated regulations that prevent them from serving openly and honestly. Secretary Carter should implement these vital changes and also extend these same non-discrimination protections to the estimated 15,500 transgender troops currently serving in silence.”