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Ted Cruz announces $51 million fundraising haul

Updated 7/5/15 11:29 AM EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday announced that he had raised more than $51 million in his first few months as a presidential candidate, split between his official campaign and the super PACs supporting his 2016 bid.

For the campaign itself, Cruz claimed to have taken in than $14.2 …

Ted Cruz

Trump: San Francisco killing shows perils of illegal immigration

Washington (CNN) —Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Friday that the seemingly random killing of a young woman in San Francisco was even more proof why voters should send him to the White House.

The shooting Wednesday evening of Kate Steinle on a city pier, police say, was committed …


Marriage Equality, One Week Later: The Difference Between Laws and Beliefs

Seven days after the landmark SCOTUS ruling, some people are nervous. They shouldn't be. Plus: a proposal.

It's been a week since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, and while most of us have been celebrating, others have … you know, not. GOP Presidential hopeful Mike …


Mozambique LGBT activists move on to next battle after anti-gay law scrapped

Gay rights activists have welcomed the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Mozambique but said they still face a long struggle for full equality.

A penal code that came into force on Monday erased Portuguese colonial laws dating back to 1886 that could condemn anyone “who habitually engages in …

UK Politics

California reports drop in hate crimes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The number of hate crimes committed in California decreased in 2014 by more than 12 percent, and complaints of hate crimes have dropped in half over the past 10 years, according to data released Thursday by the state.

The total number of incidents deemed to be hate …

Hate Crimes

Oceans face 'acidification crisis'

Scientists have warned that marine life will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.

Writing in Science, experts say the oceans are heating, losing oxygen and becoming more acidic because of CO2.

They warn that the 2C maximum temperature rise for climate change agreed by …


Polar bears at risk of dying off if global warming not reversed: report

Polar bears are at risk of dying off if humans don’t reverse the trend of global warming, a blunt U.S. government report filed Thursday said.

“The single most important step for polar bear conservation is decisive action to address Arctic warming,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a draft …

Climate Change

Huckabee Pushing Plan To Prosecute Crimes Against Same-Sex Marriage Opponents As Hate Crimes

“Those who would attempt to extort from them or anyone who committed a crime against a person because they didn’t accept homosexual marriage could be prosecuted for a hate crime.”

Mike Huckabee said on Wednesday that, if he were the sitting president, he would direct the attorney general to …


Bobby Jindal Gives Up Last Stand Against Gay Marriage Licenses In Louisiana

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has been relentlessly resisting the Supreme Court's historic decision that made same-sex marriage legal in every state. On Thursday, the federal trial court in New Orleans released a ruling that ended Jindal's nearly weeklong effort to hold out.

U.S. District Judge …


The Senate's experiment with cannabis

The Agenda

Hardliners on Judiciary open up to research on medical pot

Obamacare. Gay weddings. Now pot?

As progressives celebrate a couple of big wins in Washington – the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and legalizing same-sex marriage – another issue has remained firmly stuck at the …


Vets snared in for-profit college collapse want GI Bill money back

Updated 7/2/15 10:49 PM EDT

The collapse of for-profit Corinthian Colleges has been a calamity for Afghanistan and Iraq veterans who not only lost their chance at a college degree from the shuttered schools but also can’t get back tens of thousands in tuition covered by the GI Bill.

Now there’s a …

Liberal News

Republicans Are Too Angry About Gay Marriage

If the GOP wants to stay relevant, it has to become less hateful.

When the Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage legal in every state on Friday, millions cheered. Couples embraced. People cried. Facebook users changed their colors to rainbow. So did the White House.

It was a landmark moment that so …


S&P raises its credit rating on CA to highest in 14 years

Standard & Poor’s raised its credit rating on California by one notch to its highest level in 14 years.

S&P now rates the state’s general obligation debt AA-, up from A+.

“The rating action follows enactment of California’s 2015-2016 budget, which, in our view, marks another step forward in the …

Credit Rating

New Hillary Clinton Emails Detail Her State Department Battle for Gay Rights

Clinton may not have ‘evolved’ on marriage until 2013, but as secretary of state, she fought to make LGBT people part of her department’s mission, according to newly released emails.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not openly support gay marriage in 2009, but according to a new set of emails …

Gay Rights

UC admits record number of out-of-state freshmen

More University of California freshman applicants from outside the state were invited to attend this fall than ever before, while the number of Californians admitted continued to drop, UC said Thursday.

The university accepted 30,490 first-year applicants from other states and other countries, a 13 …


Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis' call for "profound political courage" by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income inequality as they have on opposing gay …


State senator asks Justice Department to monitor gay marriage in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Texas Democratic state senator has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to keep an eye on same-sex marriage in the state after a Republican leader said county clerks could deny wedding licenses on religious grounds, the senator said on Thursday.

Senator Rodney Ellis sent …


How one memo from 2002 may have helped launch the for-profit college boom

In recent years, many for-profit colleges have become known as "diploma mills" that earn huge profits at the expense of vulnerable students.

But for-profit schools haven't always been so prevalent in the US. That change came in 2002 at the hands of President George W. Bush's administration, the …

College & University

Arne Duncan 'Thrilled' To Close Corinthian Colleges, Not So Ready To Help Its Former Students

The Department of Education was “thrilled” to shut down the for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges Inc., Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared Wednesday -- a claim that stands in sharp contrast with his department's frantic efforts last year to save the company.

In fact, the Education Department …

Arne Duncan

Donald Trump Gains Infamy in Mexico for Comments on Immigrants

MEXICO CITY — It is the kind of publicity money cannot buy — front-page coverage, segments on the nightly news, the attention of political heavyweights and a stream of commentary burning a hole in the web.

But the Donald, as Donald J. Trump calls himself, champion of the so-called birther movement …

Donald Trump

Bobby Jindal Says He Still Supports Federal Efforts To Define Marriage

“I’m also supportive of federal efforts to define marriage as between a man and a woman.”

Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says he supports a constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and woman after the Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans last week.

“As a …

Bobby Jindal

This Man's Fiancé Is a Former Marine. They Just Got a Marriage License in Texas.

One week ago, this would not have been possible.

Two days ago, at two in the afternoon, Jonathan Means, 28, an eighth-generation native of San Saba County, Texas, and his fiancé Jason White, 36, a former Special Forces Recon Marine with six combat deployments during his military career, walked into …


How I Convinced Snoop Dogg to Stop Smoking Weed

From the new biography, I Am Charlie Wilson, about the soul singer's struggles and triumphs over addiction, homelessness, and prostate cancer.

It was Calvin Broadus Jr.—you know him as the rapper Snoop Dogg—who announced me to the world as "Uncle Charlie." But the title wasn't some rap moniker or …


Peter Thiel Compares Elite Education to a Night Club With a Long Line

Top universities claim to benefit everyone, but the value of the degrees they confer is inextricably tied to exclusivity, he argues.

ASPEN, Colo.—Tech investor Peter Thiel, who founded PayPal, told an Aspen Ideas Festival crowd Wednesday that while highly regarded institutions of higher education …

Peter Thiel

Common Ground on Climate Change

When billionaires Tom Steyer, a climate-change activist, and David Koch, a confirmed skeptic, met for the first time, they found a basis for conversation.

Tom Steyer and David Koch, the billionaires who waged bitter battles across the airwaves over climate and the environment during the 2014 …

Climate Change

California moves to strike 'lynching' language from state law

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to wrest a person from police custody.

The bill, which unanimously passed in the …


A Church of Cannabis Tests Limits of Religious Law in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — On the altar, behind a row of flickering candles, the silhouette outline of a marijuana leaf shined in lights. Colored balloons occasionally bounced through the air as the minister of music led a band in a pew-shaking rendition of “Mary Jane,” the funk tribute to the drug. And Bill …


How Gay Marriage Became a Constitutional Right

The untold story of the improbable campaign that finally tipped the U.S. Supreme Court.

On May 18, 1970, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell walked into a courthouse in Minneapolis, paid $10, and applied for a marriage license. The county clerk, Gerald Nelson, refused to give it to them. Obviously, he …


Christie Opposes Exemptions for Clerks Who Object to Same-Sex Marriage

“You took the job and you took the oath."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke with many in his party’s social conservative wing Wednesday, telling reporters that government employees who have objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses should not be allowed to opt out.

While many conservatives …


Iconic Marin tunnel to be named after Robin Williams

Robin Williams’ name will soon grace the tunnel with the rainbow arches that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County.

The state Senate voted last week to name the tunnel after the late comedian and Marin resident — who got his big break wearing rainbow suspenders on the “Mork & …

Robin Williams