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Senators Visit Cuba Hoping Congress Will Ease Restrictions

Reuters | Reuters | June 27, 2015 | Politics
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA, June 27 (Reuters) - Three visiting U.S. senators said on Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama's opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined...

Former Rep. Barney Frank: Justice Scalia Is A Homophobe

Politico | Sam Levine | June 27, 2015 | Politics
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people won two victories in the Supreme Court today. We expected the big one: the fourth in a series of opinions by Justice Anthony Kennedy—one of the last sitting Reagan appointees—vindicating our right to legal equality. The unexpected one was smaller in public impact but...

Bill Maher Calls Out Republicans For Valuing Corporations Over People On 'Real Time'

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | June 27, 2015 | Comedy
Bill Maher isn’t pleased about the current state of American corporate regulation. On "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night, the host skewered the "Republican-led House" for voting to end the requirement that meat labels include information about the origin of the product. "I think...

These Are The World's 5 Most Wanted ISIS Jihadists

Vocativ | Alexandra Ma | June 27, 2015 | World
Unlike Osama bin Laden, who often appeared in videos to lecture and incite attacks against the West, ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has kept a low profile, and was reportedly seen on camera only once since the militant group declared its caliphate a year ago in June. This...

Ten Days in June

The New Yorker | Benjamin Hart | June 27, 2015 | Politics
What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace.

Hawaii Governor Says Protests Atop Volcano Are Acts Of Vandalism

AP | James Cave | June 27, 2015 | Politics
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says recent attempts to block the road to the summit of Mauna Kea were unlawful and unacceptable. Hundreds of protesters had flocked to Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island to prevent construction of a giant telescope from resuming. A dozen people were arrested...

What Iranians Really Think About The Nuclear Negotiations

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | June 27, 2015 | World
Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving world headlines. This time, we speak with Trita Parsi, the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, about the Iran nuclear talks. After years of painstaking negotiations, Iran and six world powers are nearing...

Jeb Bush To Meet With Charleston Pastors

Reuters | Sam Levine | June 27, 2015 | Politics
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - Jeb Bush, a Republican contender for president, will sit down with pastors on a visit on Monday to Charleston, South Carolina, where nine African-Americans were shot to death at a historic black church, his campaign said on Friday. Bush, the former Florida...

Queer People Show Their Love In Photos With #WeAreWhatLoveLooksLike

Noah Michelson | June 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Today the Supreme Court ruled that _______. To celebrate this historic decision, we asked our incredible readers to share on Twitter photos of themselves and the person or people they love using the hashtag #WeAreWhatLoveLooksLike. We thought we'd get a few responses but we definitely weren't prepared...

Kurdish Forces Drive ISIS Out Of Syria's Kobani

AP | Charlotte Alfred | June 27, 2015 | World
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters who launched a surprise attack on a Syrian border town massacred more than 200 civilians, including women and children, before they were killed or driven out by Kurdish forces, activists said on Saturday. Kurdish activist Mustafa Bali, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...

Woman Removes Confederate Flag In Front Of South Carolina Statehouse

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | June 27, 2015 | Black Voices
A woman scaled a flagpole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday morning and removed the Confederate battle flag. "We removed the flag today because we can't wait any longer,” Bree Newsome, 30, said in a statement released by activist group Blackbird, which was helping out with...

Native Children Are Facing A 'National Emergency.' Now Congress Is Pushing To Address It.

Julian Brave Noisecat | June 27, 2015 | Politics
Robert Looks Twice grew up in a trailer with his grandmother, uncle and eight cousins on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Looks Twice, along with two other young Native people from Pine Ridge, was a subject of Diane Sawyer's "Children of the Plains," a special...

It Only Took Five Months For Billionaire GOP Donors To Set New Records

Paul Blumenthal | June 27, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- It only took five months before the top donor to candidates, political party committees and political action committees in 2015 surpassed the giving of all top donors from the previous election cycle. This radical change in the amounts a single donor can give is all thanks to

Even Ralph Nader And Grover Norquist Agree That Government Should Be More Open

Alexander Howard | June 27, 2015 | Politics
By most measures, the 113th Congress of the United States was one of the least productive in history, failing to pass major legislation for most of its two years. One exception was the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, a historic open-government law that passed last year...

Why A Bailout Deal That Keeps Greece In Europe May Endanger Greek Democracy

Daniel Marans | June 26, 2015 | World
An emerging bailout deal between Greece and its creditors likely would continue the status quo of austerity. This ongoing economic pain may embolden Greek authoritarian political forces that have ties to Russia, experts say. Greece is still negotiating with lenders over how budget-tightening in a bailout deal will be distributed....

White House Goes Rainbow After Gay Marriage Supreme Court Decision

Andrew Hart | June 27, 2015 | Politics
The White House was lit up in the colors of the rainbow on Friday night to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across all 50 states. White House lit up with rainbow colors tonight to mark SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage...

California Regulators Tell San Francisco To Stop Taking River Water

Mollie Reilly | June 26, 2015 | Politics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Regulators on Friday told San Francisco to stop taking some of the river water it routinely stores in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. However, the city is far from having its taps run dry during the drought. Officials said the cutback orders don't apply to water already...

Ted Cruz Wants To Be Able To Vote Out Supreme Court Justices

Mollie Reilly | June 26, 2015 | Politics
After calling the last day "some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation's history," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is now calling for Supreme Court justices to face elections. In a National Review op-ed published Friday, Cruz chastised the high court for its...

Liberals Just Had An Amazing Week At The Supreme Court

Dave Jamieson | June 26, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The conservative Roberts Supreme Court just gave American liberals the most joyous judicial week they could have asked for. In a span of just two days, the rightward-leaning court all but settled Obamacare as the law of the land; reaffirmed key components of housing discrimination law meant to...

Ex-Pastor Says He Wasn't Going To Set Self On Fire Over Gay Marriage

Hilary Hanson | June 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Inquiring minds are wondering whether Rick Scarborough, a conservative Christian political advocate who was said to have threatened to set himself on fire if the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, is now merely a pile of smoldering ashes. Several " target="_hplink">media outlets reported...
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