Stonewall Riots – 46th Anniversary

Police raids on gay bars and nightclubs were a regular event in cities across the United States. Commonly the police would record the identities of all those present, which would be subsequently published in the newspaper, then load up their police van with as many as it would hold. Kissing, holding hands, or even being in a gay bar at all was used as grounds for arrest on indecency charges at that time. The Stonewall raid on June 29, 1969 started out just like any other raid. Seven plainclothes policemen entered the bar along with one uniformed policeman, allegedly to investigate improprieties in the liquor license. They cleared the bar, whose clientele remained on the sidewalk and street outside. The situation took a dramatic turn for the worse, and the police began beating people who resisted with their nightsticks. The crowd started throwing rocks and bottles rather than coins. The police took refuge inside the Inn, which they trashed. This was the first time the homosexual community had resisted with such force. With this event, the gay rights movement was ignited.

“While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.”

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  1. Sunday, June 28, 2015

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  2. Stonewall Riots

    Police raids on gay bars and nightclubs were a regular event in cities across the United States. Commonly the police would record the identities of all those present, which would be subsequently published in the newspaper, then load up their police van with as many as it would hold. Kissing, holding hands, or even being in a gay bar at all was used as grounds for arrest on indecency charges at that time.

    The Stonewall raid on June 29, 1969 started out just like any other raid. Seven plainclothes policemen entered the bar along with one uniformed policeman, allegedly to investigate improprieties in the liquor license. They cleared the bar, whose clientele remained on the sidewalk and street outside.

    The situation took a dramatic turn for the worse, and the police began beating people who resisted with their nightsticks. The crowd started throwing rocks and bottles rather than coins. The police took refuge inside the Inn, which they trashed. This was the first time the homosexual community had resisted with such force. With this event, the gay rights movement was ignited.

    • Release No: NR-272-15

      July 13, 2015 dod.gov

      Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on DOD Transgender Policy

      Over the last fourteen years of conflict, the Department of Defense has proven itself to be a learning organization. This is true in war, where we have adapted to counterinsurgency, unmanned systems, and new battlefield requirements such as MRAPs. It is also true with respect to institutional activities, where we have learned from how we repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” from our efforts to eliminate sexual assault in the military, and from our work to open up ground combat positions to women. Throughout this time, transgender men and women in uniform have been there with us, even as they often had to serve in silence alongside their fellow comrades in arms.

      The Defense Department’s current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions. At a time when our troops have learned from experience that the most important qualification for service members should be whether they’re able and willing to do their job, our officers and enlisted personnel are faced with certain rules that tell them the opposite. Moreover, we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – real, patriotic Americans – who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit.

      Today, I am issuing two directives to deal with this matter. First, DoD will create a working group to study over the next six months the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly. Led by (Acting) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson, and composed of military and civilian personnel representing all the military services and the Joint Staff, this working group will report to Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work. At my direction, the working group will start with the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact on military effectiveness and readiness, unless and except where objective, practical impediments are identified. Second, I am directing that decision authority in all administrative discharges for those diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify themselves as transgender be elevated to Under Secretary Carson, who will make determinations on all potential separations.

      As I’ve said before, we must ensure that everyone who’s able and willing to serve has the full and equal opportunity to do so, and we must treat all our people with the dignity and respect they deserve. Going forward, the Department of Defense must and will continue to improve how we do both. Our military’s future strength depends on it.

    • In first, White House hires openly trans staffer

      August 18, 2015 at 9:00 am EDT | by Chris Johnson – washingtonblade

      The White House for the first time has hired an openly transgender person as a member of its staff, LGBT advocates and the Obama administration announced Tuesday.

      Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, who formerly served in trans advocacy as policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Racial & Economic Justice Initiative, has been appointed to a senior position in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. She’s set to begin her new role as an outreach and recruitment director in the Presidential Personnel Office on Tuesday.

      Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, welcomed the addition of Freedman-Gurspan to the White House in a statement to the Washington Blade.

      “Raffi Freedman-Gurspan demonstrates the kind of leadership this administration champions,” Jarrett said. “Her commitment to bettering the lives of transgender Americans, particularly transgender people of color and those in poverty, reflects the values of this administration.”

      According to the White House website, the Office of Presidential Personnel oversees the selection process for presidential appointments and works to recruit qualified candidates for service in departments and agencies across the government.

      Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said she’s “elated” about the addition of Freedman-Gurspan to the White House staff.

      “That the first transgender appointee is a transgender woman of color is itself significant,” Keisling said. “And that the first White House transgender appointee is a friend is inspiring to me and to countless others who have been touched by Raffi’s advocacy.”

      See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/08/18/in-first-white-house-hires-openly-trans-staffer/

  3. With Sweeping New Ruling, Marriage Equality Must Begin in All 50 States

    June 26, 2015 by HRC staff

    In a historic 5-4 ruling, today the Supreme Court of the United States found bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional—and that the fundamental right to marriage is a fundamental right for all. The majority’s opinion, authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, represents a clear mandate for governors, state attorneys general and officials everywhere to cease their attempts to uphold these discriminatory statutes.

    “Today’s ruling makes perfectly clear that there is no legal or moral justification for standing in the path of marriage equality. Couples from Mississippi to North Dakota to Texas shouldn’t have to wait even a moment longer to be treated equally under the law,” said HRC president Chad Griffin. “State officials across the country must act swiftly to ensure that every obstacle to obtaining a marriage license is removed. To do anything less is a shameful attempt to cement their state on the wrong side of history. But what’s clear today is that our work isn’t done until every discriminatory law in this nation is wiped away. The time has come in this country for comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination protections. We now have to work harder than ever before to make sure LGBT Americans cannot be fired, evicted or denied services simply on the basis of the marriage license that they fought so hard to achieve.”

    Named plaintiff in the case, Jim Obergefell, also issued the following statement in reaction to the ruling:

    “Today I could not be prouder of my country, more grateful for the memory of my late husband John, and more indebted to the incredible lawyers, advocates and fellow plaintiffs who made this landmark day possible. The fact that the state I have long called home will finally recognize my marriage to the man I honored and cherished for more than 20 years is a profound vindication—a victory I’m proud to share with countless more couples across the country. Thanks to the Supreme Court, a period of deep injustice in this nation is coming to a close, but it’s also clear today that there is still so much work to do. As long as discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is tolerated—whether in the seeking of a marriage license, the pursuit of fairness on the job, or the fight for equal treatment at a restaurant or business—we haven’t truly guaranteed equal justice under the law. But today’s victory proves that anything is possible, and I could not be more hopeful about the capacity of this country to change for the better.”

    For more: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/with-sweeping-new-ruling-marriage-equality-must-begin-in-all-50-states

    • June 26, 2015

      Remarks by the President on the Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality

      Rose Garden

      11:14 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American.

      Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, propelled by the persistent effort of dedicated citizens. And then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.

      This morning, the Supreme Court recognized that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law. That all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love.

      This decision will end the patchwork system we currently have. It will end the uncertainty hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples face from not knowing whether their marriage, legitimate in the eyes of one state, will remain if they decide to move [to] or even visit another. This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land.

      In my second inaugural address, I said that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. It is gratifying to see that principle enshrined into law by this decision.

      This ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case. It’s a victory for gay and lesbian couples who have fought so long for their basic civil rights. It’s a victory for their children, whose families will now be recognized as equal to any other. It’s a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years, even decades, working and praying for change to come.

      And this ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/26/remarks-president-supreme-court-decision-marriage-equality

      • Obama phones Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in gay marriage case

        Friday, June 26, 2015 By David Sherfinski – The Washington Times

        Before President Obama hailed Friday’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage as a “victory for America” in a Rose Garden speech, he personally phoned one of the plaintiffs, Jim Obergefell, to congratulate him.

        “I just want to say congratulations,” Mr. Obama told Mr. Obergefell in a conversation broadcast on CNN shortly after 11 a.m. “Your leadership on this changed the country.”

        “I really appreciate that, Mr. President,” Mr. Obergefell responded. “It’s really been an honor for me to be involved in this fight and to have been able to…fight for my marriage and live up to my commitments to my husband, so I appreciate everything you’ve done for the LGBT community and it’s really an honor to have become part of that fight.”

        Mr. Obergefell’s husband John died 20 months ago of ALS, and they had wanted the state of Ohio to recognize their Maryland marriage.

        “Well, I’m really proud of you, and just know that not only have you been a great example for people, but you’re also going to … bring about a lasting change in this country. It’s pretty rare [when] that happens,” Mr. Obama said. “So I couldn’t be prouder of you and your husband. God bless you.”

      • #LoveWins: Marriage Equality in the United States

        Published on Jun 26, 2015

        On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court took a huge step forward in our progress toward a more perfect union.

    • Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges
      Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges:

      Friday, June 26, 2015 justice.gov

      “Today, the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized the equality, dignity and essential humanity of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters and reaffirmed this country’s bedrock principle – engraved over the entrance to the Court itself – that all Americans are entitled to equal justice under law. By putting an end to an era of state-sanctioned discrimination, the decision lights the way to a future of acceptance, inclusion and opportunity for gay and lesbian Americans and their families. It encapsulates a nation’s enormous leap of understanding – rooted in compassion, tolerance and empathy – and reflects the countless hearts touched and minds opened along the way. It vindicates an idea whose time has come at last.

      Today’s result would not have been possible without the passionate advocacy and innumerable acts of personal bravery of generations of leaders, who have fought for the simple freedom to pursue their own happiness with those whom they love. Their fight, galvanized by the Stonewall riots nearly a half-century ago, was waged in the face of pervasive bigotry and widespread resistance and its progress was never guaranteed. But after too many lifetimes of isolation, humiliation and harassment – and steeled by unimaginable courage and indomitable conviction – gay and lesbian citizens across the country bravely came out into the open and awakened the conscience of a nation. Their courage has led us to this day; to a decision from the nation’s highest court declaring them to have full and equal rights to marry in the country they fought to change; and to a victory that they have justly and finally won.

      I have no illusions that Obergefell v. Hodges spells the end of anti-gay prejudice. Difficult legal issues lie ahead and the protections written into law are not all they should be. That’s why this march must go on and why this cause will endure, until all Americans – regardless of sexual orientation – are afforded the equal rights, equal treatment and equal opportunity they deserve. But on a day like today – a day that marks a watershed moment in the progress of this movement, in the story of this community and in the history of this nation – it is proper that we pause and take stock of just how far we have come. The Justice Department is proud to have been a part of this journey, from Attorney General Eric Holder’s unwavering leadership in advancing the cause of equality to the groundbreaking progress we have witnessed today. Going forward, we are committed to standing on the side of equality – and standing with the LGBT community – to keep up the fight for safety, opportunity, dignity and justice for all.”

  4. 2016 Presidential Candidates react on the Supreme Court Ruling that Marriage Equality Must Begin in All 50 States


    REPUBLICAN PARTY

    Jeb Bush (GOP Presidential Candidate):” Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the
    Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision.”

    Dr Ben Carson (GOP Presidential Candidate): “While I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, their ruling is now the law of the land.”

    Chris Christie (GOP Presidential Candidate): believes that the issue “should have been decided by the people of each state rather than the court”

    Ted Cruz (GOP Presidential Candidate): “This radical decision purporting to strike down the marriage laws of every state, it has no connection to the United States Constitution,” “They are simply making it up. It is lawless and in doing so they have undermined the fundamental legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court.” “the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.”

    Carly Fiorina (GOP Presidential Candidate): “I do not agree that the Court can or should redefine marriage”

    Lindsay Graham (GOP Presidential Candidate): “I am a proud defender of traditional marriage and believe the people of each state should have the right to determine their marriage laws.”

    Mike Huckabee (GOP Presidential Candidate): “Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage. I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision.” “tried to unwrite the laws of nature.”

    Bobby Jindal (GOP Presidential Candidate): “Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that.”

    George Pataki (GOP Presidential Candidate): gay marriage a “distraction.”

    Rand Paul (GOP Presidential Candidate): …. (sound of crickets) …..two days later….….”While I disagree with Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage, I believe that all Americans have the right to contract”

    Rick Perry (GOP Presidential Candidate): “I am disappointed the Supreme Court today chose to change the centuries old definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.”

    Marco Rubio (GOP Presidential Candidate): “I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the
    most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman.”

    Rick Santorum (GOP Presidential Candidate): “is calling for an amendment that would prohibit gay marriage nationwide.”

    Scott Walker (GOP Presidential Candidate): “I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake.”

    Donald Trump (GOP Presidential Candidate): backs “traditional marriage”

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    DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    Lincoln Chafee (Democratic Presidential Candidate): “Congratulations to Supreme Court on today’s good ruling for marriage equality!”

    Hillary Clinton (Democratic Presidential Candidate): “This is our country at its best: inclusive, open and striving towards true equality”

    Martin O’Malley (Democratic Presidential Candidate): “Today, the Supreme Court affirmed that marriage is a human right – not a state right.”

    Bernie Sanders (Democratic Presidential Candidate): “For too long our justice system has marginalized the gay community. I’m very glad the Court has finally caught up”

    Jim Webb (Democratic Presidential Candidate): ) Jim Webb voted against overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. “Applauded the Supreme Court’s June decision on same-sex marriage”

  5. June 28, 2015

    Readout of the President’s Call with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany

    The President spoke today with Chancellor Merkel of Germany regarding developments in Greece. The two leaders agreed that it was critically important to make every effort to return to a path that will allow Greece to resume reforms and growth within the Eurozone. The leaders affirmed that their respective economic teams are carefully monitoring the situation and will remain in close touch. The President also offered his condolences for the loss of German citizens in Friday’s tragic attack in Tunisia.

    • July 01, 2015

      Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minster Matteo Renzi of Italy

      The President spoke today with Prime Minster Matteo Renzi of Italy regarding developments in Greece. They agreed on the importance of all sides working to put Greece back on a path of reforms and financing that leads to growth and debt sustainability within the Eurozone. The leaders noted that their teams are in close contact and are monitoring economic developments in Greece as well as broader financial markets. They also discussed the importance of continued close coordination on counterterrorism.

    • July 06, 2015

      Readout of President’s call with President Hollande of France

      President Obama spoke this afternoon with President Hollande of France regarding developments in Greece. The two leaders agreed on the importance of finding a path forward that will allow Greece to resume reforms and return to growth and debt sustainability within the Eurozone, recognizing that this will require difficult compromises from all sides. The leaders noted that their economic teams continue to be in close contact and are monitoring the situation in Greece and in global markets

  6. Monday, June 29, 2015

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    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at MORE Magazine’s Impact Awards Luncheon on her Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to expand access to education for girls around the world.
    Newseum, Washtington, DC

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    President Obama signs H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015
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    President Obama hosts a working dinner with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil
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  7. Monday, June 29, 2015

    Washington, D.C. * 12:30PM ET – The First Lady will deliver remarks at MORE Magazine’s first-ever MORE Impact Awards Luncheon at the Newseum. In her remarks, Mrs. Obama will speak about the Let Girls Learn initiative and the importance of expanding access to education for adolescent girls around the world. The event will celebrate four exceptional women, chosen by MORE editors, who have made a significant impact in the areas of women’s and girls’ rights, health, veterans and military families, and education, both domestically and internationally. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet will also deliver remarks. This event coincides with the release of MORE Magazine’s July/August issue, which was guest-edited by the First Lady.

    In case you missed it, additional information about the issue can be found here. For more information on Let Girls Learn, please visit http://www.letgirlslearn.peacecorps.gov.

    • June 29, 2015

      Remarks by The First Lady at More Magazine Impact Awards

      The Newseum
      Washington, D.C.

      12:52 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you all. Please, rest. Well, good afternoon. It is truly a pleasure to be here with all of you for the first ever More Impact Awards. Yes! (Laughter.)

      Let me start by thanking Robin for her wonderful introduction, and for all her amazing work. And while I’m certainly not taking any inspiration from Claire Underwood — (laughter) — I am very inspired by Robin and Karen, all the amazing work they’re doing to empower women and girls. So I’m thrilled to be here, and I hope to work with you more in the years to come.

      I also want to thank Lesley Jane Seymour and More Magazine for hosting this event and for letting me serve as guest editor for the July/August issue. And I was just saying backstage that I had a lot of fun doing it, my team had a lot of fun doing it, but, more importantly, I know that it was a success because when I got my edition, my mother grabbed it from me. She took it upstairs, and she said, I read every word of this magazine and I loved it. (Laughter and applause.) So getting an endorsement from Grandma is no easy task, but my mom loved the magazine.

      I also want to thank our Peace Corps Director, Carrie Hessler-Radelet. Carrie, where are you? Oh, there you — hi! How are you? (Applause.) She is such a passionate and committed partner of Let Girls Learn. It’s been fun getting to know you and working with you and traveling with you. And we’re going to do great things in the years to come. Thank you for your work.

      And of course, I want to recognize your four outstanding More Impact awardees, who I just got to meet: Lyn Berman, Lillian Collins, Ingrid Cook, and Vivian Onano. Yay! Let’s give them all a round of applause. (Applause.) I briefly had the chance to meet them just a few moments ago, and I, again, want to reiterate just how proud I am of all that they’re doing. And it’s just a real privilege for me to be here to help celebrate everything you all do. And I think my last message was, don’t get tired. Just keep it up. We need you out there.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/29/remarks-first-lady-more-magazine-impact-awards

  8. Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Increased 0.9% in May

    June 29, 2015 — 7:00 AM PDT by Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes rose in May for a fifth month, indicating recent strength in the real-estate industry will be sustained.

    The pending home sales index increased 0.9 percent after a revised 2.7 percent advance in the previous month, the National Association of Realtors said Monday in Washington. The median projection in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for the index to climb 1 percent.

    Employment growth, a pickup in incomes and relatively low borrowing costs are helping lure buyers, including those making their first foray into the market. Progress in residential real estate and more construction will further fuel the economy after a weak start to the year.

    “Things are looking good on the housing front — we have good job growth and we’ve seen an increase in household formation in the past half-year,” David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, said before the report. “Demand for housing should keep rising. The trend in sales will continue to move up over the next few months.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-29/pending-sales-of-u-s-existing-homes-increased-0-9-in-may

  9. President Obama signs H.R. 2146 Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015
    East Room

    June 29, 2015
    Remarks by the President at Signing of the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act and the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015

    East Room

    2:10 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Well, welcome to the White House. I thought we’d start off the week with something we should do more often — a truly bipartisan bill signing. (Applause.)

    For six and a half years, we’ve worked to rescue the economy from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, to get it growing again and to rebuild it on a new foundation for prosperity. Today, our businesses have created more than 12 million new jobs in the past five years — that’s the longest streak of job growth on record; 401(k)s have been replenished; the housing market is stronger; and more than 16 million Americans have gained the financial security of health insurance. (Applause.)

    But a constantly changing economy demands our constant effort to protect hardworking Americans and protect their success. And one of the things we ought to be doing is rewriting the rules of global trade to make sure that they benefit American workers and American businesses, and that they reflect American values — especially now, while our economy is in a position of global strength. The two bills that I’ll sign today will help America do just that.

    The first will help us pass new, 21st century trade agreements with higher standards and tougher protections than those that we’ve signed before. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, for example, includes strong protections for workers and the environment. Unlike previous agreements, those provisions will actually be enforceable. And that’s good for American businesses and America workers because we already meet high standards than — higher standards than most of the rest of the world. So we want to make sure that everybody else catches up. This agreement will help us level the playing field.

    The second bill offers even more support for American workers. It renews and expands the trade adjustment assistance program, which provides job training and other assistance to tens of thousands of American workers every year. It gives us new tools to help American steelworkers and folks in other critical industries fight against unfair practices by other countries. It also reauthorizes AGOA, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which has had strong bipartisan support for many years now, and which helps open up markets in Africa to American businesses while making it easier for African businesses to sell their products in America. And we’re extending a similar program to Haiti, and renewing support for other development — developing economies through what’s known as the Generalized System of Preferences.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/29/remarks-president-signing-defending-public-safety-employees-retirement

  10. U.S. justices turn down states over voter registration restrictions

    6/29/15 By Lawrence Hurley – Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a new case on voter registration in Arizona and Kansas, meaning the two states will not be able to require applicants to show proof of citizenship.

    By rejecting a joint appeal by the states, the high court left in place a November 2014 ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That appeals court decided that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a federal agency that oversees changes to state voter registration procedures, was not required to grant the states’ request that proof of citizenship be added to registration requirements.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-justices-turn-down-states-over-voter-registration-140516689.html

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    President Obama hosts a working dinner with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil
    Blue Room

  12. Obama earns high marks around the globe 

    06/29/15 12:56 PM  By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    The Pew Research Center published a report last week on “Global Attitudes & Trends” and found that America’s overall image around the world remains quite positive — and in much of the world, impressions of the U.S. have improved since the end of the Bush/Cheney era.

    More specifically, though, President Obama is an especially popular figure in many parts of the world.

    Half or more in 29 of 40 countries surveyed say they have confidence in President Obama to do the right thing in world affairs. Throughout his terms in office, Obama has received particularly strong ratings in Europe and Africa, and that continues to be the case this year. Majorities in every EU and sub-Saharan African nation surveyed give him positive marks. […]

    Overall, Obama’s image has improved in the last year. In 14 countries of the 36 countries where trends from 2014 are available, more people now say they have confidence in the U.S. president. The largest gain occurred in India, which Obama visited in January. Almost three-in-four Indians express confidence in Obama, up from 48% a year ago. Double digit gains are also found in Ghana (+22 points), Turkey (+21), Nigeria (+20), Uganda (+11) and Brazil (+11).

    For more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/obama-earns-high-marks-around-the-globe#break<

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