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High court seems ready to scrap mandatory public union fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears ready to deliver a major setback to American unions as it considers scrapping a four-decade precedent …

Judiciary

Supreme Court Denies Appeal on Student-Loan Erasure

Court won’t consider appeal by unemployed Wisconsin man who owes more than $260,000 in student-loan debt<p>WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal that sought to make it easier to erase student loans in bankruptcy, sidestepping an issue that has become a focal point for consumer …

Personal Finance

Sean Penn: Nothing to hide over drug lord interview

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Actor Sean Penn said he has "nothin' to hide," after images published Monday indicated he was under surveillance when he met with …

Mexico

Ted Cruz's Christian-Nation Candidacy

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is making "religious liberty" a central theme of his presidential campaign at the same time as he promotes a divisive and exclusionary "Christian nation" worldview.<p>Cruz's campaign strategy is grounded in the belief that his path to the White House depends on energizing and …

Koch-Tied Group Asks High Court for Radical New Limits on Worker's Rights to Negotiate for Higher Wages

Today, Monday, January 11, will have a big impact on the American Middle Class and all of those who aspire to it.<p>Today, the United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the case of <i>Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.</i><p>This case has been brought to the Court by the Koch-sponsored …

Report: DEA paid Amtrak employee more than $800K as informant

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Drug Enforcement Administration has paid out more than $800,000 over the last 20 years to an Amtrak employee to act as a confidential source, providing information that would have been readily available to the law enforcement agency through a joint task-force, according to a new …

Corruption

Reports of sexual assaults spike at military academies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sexual assaults at the three major military academies surged in the 2014-15 school year, led by the Air Force Academy, …

Sexual Harassment

Texas Governor Wants To Amend The Constitution So States Can Ignore The Federal Government

Short of secession, it's probably the next best thing.<p>Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday proposed a series of amendments to the U.S. constitution that would permit states to override the Supreme Court and ignore federal laws.<p>One of the proposed measures would allow a two-thirds majority of the …

Same-sex Marriage

VW Refuses to Give U.S. States Documents in Emissions Inquiries

Citing German privacy laws, Volkswagen has refused to provide emails or other communications among its executives to attorneys general in the United States, impeding American investigations into the company’s emissions-cheating scandal, according to officials in several states.<p>The revelation …

Corruption

Congress sends health law repeal to Obama for first time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-led Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama Wednesday repealing his signature health law, fulfilling a promise …

Planned Parenthood

Wildlife refuge occupation part of long-running lands fight

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The small group of armed anti-government activists occupying a remote wildlife preserve in Oregon's high desert gave visitors free …

Forests

The Whitest Privilege in Oregon

Let's start -- as Joe Friday might say -- with just the facts.<p>Ammon* Bundy, the son of tax-dodging cowboy insurgent Cliven Bundy (who was pulled from Fox News for saying things about black people that were neither <i>fair</i> nor <i>balanced</i>) has jimmied the lock on a Federal aviary in the middle of nowhere, …

Black Lives Matter

US repeals meat labeling law after trade rulings against it

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.<p>After more than a decade of wrangling, …

Agriculture

Puerto Rico Is In Serious Trouble. Here's What You Need To Know.

2016 will likely bring more financial misery for the beleaguered island.<p>Puerto Rico is on course to default on some of its debts on Monday, deepening a crisis that has been escalating steadily for months.<p>But the seemingly arcane dispute over the island's public finances masks a struggle for wealth …

Caribbean

Ben Carson’s Campaign in Chaos as Top Aides Resign

Citing low morale, job insecurity and infighting, Carson’s campaign manager and top advisor both resigned Thursday — a shakeup that comes just weeks before the Iowa caucus.

Ben Carson

Lawmakers only care about others' privacy when their own is at stake

It’d be nice if Congress members were not only outraged with the NSA spying on Americans when the Americans happen to be them<p>The Wall Street Journal published an extensive investigation on Tuesday night detailing how a large NSA spying operation targeting the Israeli government and its prime …

Surveillance

A terrible environmental disaster is unfolding in Los Angeles — and it's practically invisible

What's worse, workers are not even close to stopping the flow.<p>The leak sprung from a Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon, and it has been gushing methane — a highly flammable and potent greenhouse gas — into the sky since October 23.<p>No one knows …

Officials: 'Affluenza' teen remains in Mexico, mom deported

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Texas teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident likely won't return to the U.S. …

Crime

Sanders flies coach, social media says he's first class

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bernie Sanders' supporters have launched a social media campaign highlighting their candidate's frequent appearances on commercial airlines.<p>While almost all of the presidential hopefuls have on occasion traveled alongside — or in between — passengers in coach, Sanders is the one most likely …

Social Media

You Probably Didn't Watch Saturday Night's Debate. Here's Why.

Hillary Clinton's two opponents think the scheduling benefited her campaign.<p>WASHINGTON -- You probably didn't watch the Democratic debate Saturday night.<p>There are a lot of reasons why. Maybe you're a die-hard Donald Trump supporter and you don't care what any of these losers have to say. Maybe you …

Government

Data breach sets off charges of theft in '16 Democratic race

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic race for president unexpectedly exploded with rancor Friday as Hillary Clinton's campaign accused rival Bernie …

Government

North Carolina Supreme Court Upholds Congressional Map

In a defeat for North Carolina Democrats, who hold just three of the states's 11 congressional seats, the state Supreme Court upheld the state's …

Senate Democrat: Planned Parenthood Shooter “Almost Parroted” GOP Rhetoric

"One of the things we heard from the shooter in Colorado Springs, he almost parroted some of the outrageous and inciteful comments that have been made on social media by some of our officials."<p>Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday said some of the statements made by the Colorado Planned …

Social Media

Pussy Riot On Trump: We Laughed When Vladimir Putin Rose To Power, Too

If the U.S. wants "a really crazy president" like Putin, vote Trump.<p>NEW YORK -- Donald Trump's candidacy for president of the United States may be a joke to some, but no one will be laughing if he is actually elected.<p>Just ask Maria Alekhina, aka Masha of Pussy Riot.<p>When informed that her country's …

Donald Trump

Agreeing at last: Congress sends tax, spending bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ended its chaotic year on a surprising note of bipartisan unity and productivity Friday, overwhelmingly approving a …

Mitch McConnell

Investigate Senator Kurt Schaefer. Now.

My name is Jessi Miller.<p>Although I support Planned Parenthood, I am not affiliated with them.<p>I am not currently affiliated with the University of Missouri.<p>I am not affiliated with anyone. I am speaking from my heart. I am saying what I know. I am saying what I think.<p>Senator Kurt Schaefer once said …

Planned Parenthood

Greenspan pushes for more highly skilled worker visas

The United States should open up its H-1B visa program to more workers to grow the economy and boost productivity, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday.<p>Speaking at a Council on Foreign Relations event on international economics, Greenspan maintained that he has always found …

Ronald Reagan

We Are All Muslim

Dear Donald Trump:<p>You may remember (you do, after all, have a "perfect memory!"), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you …