National Gaze

Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spar over developer's tacky building sign

Written by Don Babwin,
AP writer
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 06:31

Trump International Hotel and Tower on the Chicago River.

The installation of 20-foot (six-meter)-tall letters spelling out T-R-U-M-P on the side of the billionaire’s gleaming Chicago skyscraper has triggered a war of words between Donald Trump and Rahm Emanuel — with the city’s mayor saying he’s looking for a way to undo the “architecturally tasteless” sign, and the developer in no mood to take anything down.

Pregnant women shackled, jailed for alleged substance use

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 02 May 2014 17:22

A pregnant woman tumbles down a flight of stairs and is arrested for attempted feticide. A pregnant woman about to be released from prison is re-incarcerated when the judge learns she is pregnant and HIV-positive. A pregnant woman informs health care workers that she previously used drugs but kicked her habit and is clean. She’s handcuffed, shackled, taken to court and ordered into detention at a drug treatment facility.

Federal appeals court is hearing equality cases

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 07:53

Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin

Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two landmark marriage equality cases, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver heard arguments in what could be the next landmark equality case to go to the High Court.

Rallies in cities across U.S. yesterday decry deportations

Written by The AP Sunday, 06 April 2014 07:02

Immigration advocates and supporters rallied Saturday in cities across the country in a renewed effort to push President Barack Obama to put a freeze on deportations.

Court overturns conviction of HIV-positive Iowan

Written by AP Saturday, 14 June 2014 05:05

Nick Rhoades

The Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science.

Report: IRS audits less than 1 percent of partnerships with over $100M in assets

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 19 April 2014 17:54

The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a recent government report.

What are chances of IRS audit? A look at the numbers

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 April 2014 07:57

The Internal Revenue Service audited less than 1 percent of the income tax returns filed last year. But your odds of getting audited vary greatly, depending on income.

Mozilla CEO resigns due to anti-gay controversy

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 April 2014 06:30

Brendan Eich

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.

Cop refuses to work Utah Pride Parade

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 08 June 2014 07:30

A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on leave after refusing an assignment to work at a gay pride parade.

Dark political money imperils Earth’s future

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:09

Political contributions designed to weaken environmental regulations can be difficult to track. They’re moved through a network of right-wing campaigns, foundations, think tanks and political groups.

White supremacist held in killings at Jewish sites near Kansas City

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 April 2014 05:42

A well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader accused of killing three people Sunday in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt, The Associated Press reported.

Case dropped against Methodist minister who performed same-sex wedding for his son

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:53

The United Methodist Church has dropped its case against a retired minister accused of breaking church law by officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding.