Justice

'Black Lives Matter' cases: What happened after controversial police killings

<b>(CNN) —</b> Once again, a police officer has been acquitted after killing a black man -- but the officer's employer is shelling out millions of dollars to the family.<p>This time, it's happening in the case of Philando Castile, whose final moments were broadcast by his girlfriend on Facebook Live. On …

Policing

After Castile verdict, what comes next?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The acquittals of police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the death of Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota; and the not guilty verdict in the trial of former police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown in the death of Sylville K. Smith, 23, in Milwaukee, come on the heels of new fatal police …

Opinion

Support for Gay Marriage Is at an All-Time High, Even Among Conservatives

A new poll shows a growing number of Americans are rallying behind the ruling—including groups who have historically been against it.<p>Many Republicans, baby boomers, and evangelical Christians—all historically opposed to same-sex marriage—are coming around to the idea of marriage equality, according …

Equality

Spicer: Trump was 'joking' when he asked Russia to hack Clinton

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Then candidate Donald Trump was "joking" when he publicly asked Russia to hack Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday.<p>Trump, amid questions about what Clinton did with emails she deemed personal on her private server, called …

Donald Trump

Is Seattle’s Rising Minimum Wage Helping Or Hurting Low-Wage Workers?

A new study finds the city’s rising minimum wage means low-wage workers are getting paid more but working fewer hours. Is it right?<p>As the minimum wage goes up in Seattle–with workers now required to make as much as $15 an hour, and all workers set to make that much by 2021–the city has become a …

Equality

What you need to know about the Supreme Court’s 3 big Monday decisions

The Supreme Court wrapped its sessionMonday morning, but before the justices’ summer recess, the Court made major announcements on three high-profile cases — two of which the Court will take up in the fall.<p>Perhaps the biggest case the Court will be taking up is President Donald Trump’s travel ban — …

Equality

Chinese dissident given medical parole

Jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer and granted medical parole by the Chinese government. CNN's Matt Rivers reports.

China

The G.O.P. Rejects Conservatism

ASPEN, COLO. — There is a structural flaw in modern capitalism. Tremendous income gains are going to those in the top 20 percent, but prospects are diminishing for those in the middle and working classes. This gigantic trend widens inequality, exacerbates social segmentation, fuels distrust and led …

Equality

Are LGBT Americans actually reaping the benefits of marriage?

Denying same-sex couples the right to marry could be negatively impacting their health<p>For decades, researchers have studied the benefits of marriage, finding that married people are likely to be healthier, wealthier and wiser than their unmarried peers.<p>But these studies reflected those who were …

Equality

Gay marriage vs. religious baker

Supreme Court should not open the door to all manner of religious objection: Our view<p>Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples have a right to marry, states have taken off in different directions.<p>More than 20 states expanded on the ruling to enact broad civil rights …

Equality

After Merkel hints at gay marriage, rival Schulz calls for speedy vote

Fast-tracked legalization of same-sex marriage could become a side-effect of rather haphazard German electioneering. First Chancellor Merkel hints …

Equality

Supreme Court to decide if gay rights trump everyone else's rights

The Supreme Court announced Monday it will tackle a culture war powder keg – should a Christian baker who opposes gay marriage on religious grounds be <b>forced to participate in a gay wedding?</b><p>In other words, do gay rights trump everyone else’s rights?<p><b>Click here to for a free subscription to Todd’s</b> …

Equality

Photos of alleged strippers at South African prison prompt investigation

<b>(CNN) —</b> The head of South Africa's corrections department promised an immediate investigation Monday after photos purportedly showing strippers dancing with inmates at a Johannesburg prison circulated online.<p>James Smalberger, the acting national commissioner of the Department of Correctional …

World News

Google, Microsoft among companies urging court to back gay workers

(Reuters) - Dozens of companies, including Alphabet Inc's Google, Microsoft Corp, CBS Corp and Viacom Inc urged a federal appeals court on Monday to rule that a law banning sex discrimination in the workplace offers protections to gay employees.<p>The brief submitted by 50 companies to the 2nd U.S. …

Equality

Christian Baker Fears Loss of ‘Everything’ Unless Supreme Court Upholds Right Not to Make Cakes for Gay Marriages

By deciding to hear the appeal of a Colorado baker, the Supreme Court could make its first ruling next year on whether government may coerce some …

Equality

The Data Defying Job-Killing Robot Myth

It’s rare that a day goes by when there is not some major story of workers losing jobs to self-driving cars and trucks or robots stocking supermarket store shelves or dishing out fast food hamburgers. The specifics may differ, but the story is the same; new technology will lead to mass …

Equality

'Tumultuous divorce' behind apparent murder of 5-year-old, officials say

<b>(CNN) —</b> A "tumultuous divorce" led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead.<p>Andressian was arrested on one count …

Crime

Gay Couples Entitled to Equal Treatment on Birth Certificates, Justices Rule

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2015 decision recognizing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, ruling that states may not treat married same-sex couples differently from others in issuing birth certificates.<p>The decision was unsigned. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, joined …

Equality

How our narrowing social circles create a more unequal world

Research shows most social interactions are with people similar to ourselves – making us less sensitive to how people outside our ‘social bubble’ live. This can lead to profound misperceptions about the state of society<p>Take part in the social segregation survey<p>What does your social circle look …

Equality

White Americans’ Mortality Rates Are Rising. Something Similar Happened in Russia from 1965 to 2005

In 2015 Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton published a stunning finding: The mortality rates for working-age white Americans have been rising since 1999. For mortality rates to rise instead of fall is extremely rare in developed countries except as a result of war or pandemic.<p>However, …

Harvard Business Review

A Baker Refused to Make a Wedding Cake for a Gay Couple—and Now It's Going to the Supreme Court

On Monday, Supreme Court justices voted to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple because he doesn't support same-sex marriage. If the court rules in the baker's favor, it could legitimize widespread discrimination against the LGBTQ community in the …

Equality

Minimum Wage Increases Coming to Los Angeles, DC, Maryland And Oregon

Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Oregon will raise their respective minimum wages on July 1 as part of ballot measures previously approved …

Equality

Flashback: Here's How Trump Administration Members Celebrated Marriage Equality Ruling

But only if you call complaining about queer people getting equal rights "celebrating."<p>It’s been two years since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.<p>The monumental decision, delivered by SCOTUS on June 26, 2105, was celebrated by the LGBTQ community and its friends and allies …

Equality

Republican Support of Gay Marriage Closes In on Opposition, Pew Poll Finds

The percentage of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who support gay marriage is now virtually even with those who oppose it, according to newly released Pew Research Center data.<p>The poll, conducted June 8-18, shows 48% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents expressing …

Equality

It Was (Mostly) Bad News on the Final Day of the Supreme Court Term

With Kennedy still the swing justice, the Court remains mostly conservative<p>Despite rumors swirling around Washington and the internet, Justice …

Equality

Hack that plants ISIS message hits another state government website

<b>(CNN) —</b> A government website in the state of Washington is the latest victim of a hacking attack that plants what appears to be pro-ISIS propaganda.<p>David Johnson, a spokesman for the Washington state Department of Health, confirmed parts of the department's website were hacked Monday morning, with …

Security

June 26, 2015. America at its greatest.

On June 26, 2015, the United States hit its highest high-water mark in living out the ideals upon which it was founded. And the longer we slog through the tenure of President Trump, with its aggressive efforts to turn back the hands of time, the more true that assertion becomes. For that day two …

Equality

Supreme Court sends stark reminder that LGBTQ rights are far from settled

Marriage equality was not the end.<p>It was exactly two years ago that the Supreme Court ruled in <i>Obergefell v. Hodges</i> that marriage equality is the law …

Equality

Merkel: Gay marriage could get 'question of conscience' vote

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time seems to have softened her previous opposition toward legalizing same-sex marriages.<p>Merkel said Monday that German lawmakers could possibly take up the issue in the future as a "question of conscience," meaning parliamentarians could …

Equality

Bayou Bridge Pipeline opponents aim to build Standing Rock-like protest camp

Environmental advocates opposing the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline, have begun seeking building materials, sleeping bags and food supplies to create …

Injustice