Eileen Reetz

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Protests against migrants' presence in Greece and Turkey

IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — A plan to send back migrants from Greece to Turkey sparked demonstrations by local residents in both countries Saturday, two …

Northern Europe

Refugees are being sent back to Syria by one of the only countries they can escape to

Syrians trying to escape from civil war and ISIL are being forcibly returned to the country, in direct contravention of international law, according to a report released yesterday (April 1).<p>Amnesty International, a human rights organization, claims that Turkey, which shares a long land border with …

NATO: We decided to 'step up our efforts' on refugees

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tells Christiane Amanpour "we, of course, much more than just NATO providing help to local coast guards and the European Union."

European Union and Turkey push to make a deal on the migrant crisis

While European Union leaders on Monday looked for Turkey to help stem the arrival of more migrants, Turkish officials sought an additional $3.3 billion to help the country handle the influx of newcomers.<p>Political leaders were gathered in Brussels for a summit aimed at working out how to manage the …

The Latest: Chile reports its first 3 confirmed Zika cases

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Zika virus (all times local):<p>1:30 a.m.<p>Hours after reporting Chile's first confirmed Zika infection, …

TPP 'fundamentally flawed,' should be resisted - UN human rights expert

The top United Nations expert on human rights has called on the 12 nations considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership to reject the massive trade …

What you missed in politics during your holiday vacation

<b>(CNN) —</b> So much for a holiday lull.<p>The 2016 presidential campaign didn't let up in the dying days of 2015. Even as millions of Americans tuned out during their Christmas and New Year's celebrations, the candidates kept up the excitement, rolling out fresh new attacks and, in the case of one early …

President Obama Delivers Tearful, Fiery Speech on Why America Needs Gun Control, Now

After seven years of congressional foot dragging — despite the mounting death toll from mass shootings from Newtown, Connecticut, to San Bernardino, …

President Obama vetoes Republican bill to abolish Obamacare

Protecting his signature domestic achievement, President Obama on Friday vetoed Republican-inspired legislation to repeal his healthcare law, saying to do so "would reverse the significant progress we have made in improving healthcare in America."<p>Republican lawmakers have pushed many repeal …

How the High Court Could Shake Up the 2016 Campaign

The most in­flu­en­tial justices on the Su­preme Court of­ten say they don’t like the polit­ic­al spot­light. In 2016, there may be no way for them …

New year ushers in new minimum wage, hoverboard and vaccination rules

Roughly 800 new policies in effect in California now have given the green light to hoverboards and drinking on brew bikes while raising the minimum …

Why Non-Voters Matter

A new study suggests that increasing turnout could have significant ramifications for policy.<p>In 2014, just 41.9 percent of the voting-age citizen population of the United States voted. But the people who voted are not only in the minority, they form an unrepresentative minority. Millions of …

Voter ID Laws and the Ghosts of Jim Crow

The basic contours of the public discourse on voter ID laws are fairly clear. In-person voting fraud is rare. As Judge Richard Posner has concluded, restrictive voter ID laws are mainly the product of Republican legislatures targeting Democratic-leaning constituencies. Chief among those Democratic …

NAACP seeks to halt implementation of North Carolina voter ID law

(Reuters) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asked a federal judge on Tuesday to halt the implementation of a photo identification requirement for North Carolina voters, saying the measure discriminates against black and Latino residents.<p>The North Carolina chapter of …

North Carolina

Alabama Enacts Voter ID Law, Just Happens to Close DMVs Where Black People Live

This week in the laboratories of democracy.<p><i>Being our semi-regular weekly survey of what's goin' down in the several states where, as we know, the real work of governmentin' gets done, and where you know him by his nursery rhyme, the story of the rabbit man.</i><p>We begin the tour this week deep in the …

Supreme Court Hands Scott Walker Big Victory on Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter identification law, allowing the law to stand and handing a victory to Gov. Scott Walker following a long fight by opponents who say it’s a thinly veiled attempt to make it more difficult for …

A Once-Passionate Obama Campaigner Sits Out The 2016 Races

Anton Gunn rose in the ranks from local activist to working in the Obama White House. He's now in South Carolina, disengaged from national politics and watching the 2016 candidates from the sidelines.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Time now for Snapshot 2016, a series of audio portraits of folks that …

Advocates hope 2016 could be the year to pass paid sick leave in Maryland

Democrats will try again in 2016 to make Maryland one of the few states in the nation that require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers.<p>State Senate Majority Leader Catherine E. Pugh (D-Baltimore) and Del. Luke H. Clippinger (D-Baltimore) said last week that they will propose bills to …

Reid lists minimum wage, visa program as goals for 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidCelebrities dive into midterms, hoping to thwart Trump Senate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump …

Elections

Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

New commission of experts to lead Living Wage campaign

Coalition of churches, charities and anti-poverty activists spearheads challenge to George Osborne’s lower ‘national’ version<p>The Living Wage campaign is setting up a new commission to spearhead efforts to win over more employers as George Osborne prepares to introduce his lower “national living …

The Nation That Executed 47 People In 1 Day Sits On The U.N. Human Rights Council

Saudi Arabia enjoys the support of allies like the U.S. and U.K. at the human rights body.<p><b>Saudi Arabia’s announcement Saturday that it executed 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, caused protests in Shiite neighborhoods around the world, from Saudi Arabia itself to Bahrain to</b> …

Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the days get shorter, first grade teacher Esmeralda Jiménez watches the dimming afternoon sky outside her classroom window the way her pupils watch the clock at dismissal time.<p>The studio apartment Jiménez rents for $1,783 a month, or 43 percent of her salary, is located in …

The Kochs Worst Nightmares Come True As Bernie Sanders Smashes Fundraising Records

The presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders announced that they have set a new all-time record with more than 2.5 million donations from more than a …

Middle-class

Bernie Sanders raises $33 million in 3 months to keep pace with Hillary Clinton's contributions

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more than $33 million during the last three months in his bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination, his campaign said Saturday. It was just short of the amount brought in by rival Hillary Clinton during the same period.<p>Sanders, an independent and a …

Middle-class

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.<p>Restrictions on carrying guns eased in Texas, for example, but got tighter in California. It is easier to register to vote in Oregon, but there is another step to take at the polls …

America’s Political Parties Are Just Tribes Now

In 2015, once high-minded disagreements over policy and ideology descended into something much more primitive.<p>When it comes to politics, in 2015 we …