Category Archives: public policy

Little known about suspect in fatal shooting of marines

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A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace

By Edward McAllister By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) – Taurean Russell was preparing to coach high school football in St. Louis last Aug. Continue reading

Tornado caused ‘significant’ damage to Illinois town: police

(Reuters) – A tornado ripped through a town in western Illinois on Thursday, badly damaging homes, downing power lines and causing several gas leaks, state police said. There were no immediate reports of injuries in Cameron, a town of about 600 people some 200 miles southwest of Chicago, or in neighboring communities, but search and rescue missions would work through the night, Illinois State Police said. Continue reading

Jurors reach verdict in trial of Colorado movie gunman

By Keith Coffman By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – The jury in the Colorado movie massacre trial reached a verdict on Thursday, the second day of deliberations in the case of 27-year-old gunman James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, a court spokesman said. The verdict will be read at 4:15 p.m. Continue reading

Verdict reached in trial of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes

By Jason Sickles, Yahoo Those killed ranged in age from a 6-year-old kindergartner to a 51-year-old father of four. Fifty-eight moviegoers … CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A verdict has been reached in the highly-anticipated capital murder case against James Holmes, the gunman who killed 12 people when he opened fire on a sold-out Colorado movie theater three years ago. Continue reading

EPA Likely to Strengthen Clean Power Plan, Proponent Says

A sweeping federal rule that would curtail carbon emissions from power plants will likely be made even more stringent when it is finalized later this summer, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, widely regarded as a close ally of the Environmental Protection Agency. The rule, known as the Clean Power Plan, was unveiled by the EPA in June 2014. Continue reading

The Koch brothers love Scott Walker — but not his tough-on-crime past

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker holds up a bill eliminating the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases after signing it in Milwaukee in June. Continue reading

Obama remains the ‘Scrooge’ of pardons

Sala Udin speaks at The Moth in Pittsburgh in 2014. (Photo: Renee Rosensteel) What does it take to get a pardon from President Obama? It’s a question Sala Udin, a former Pittsburgh City Council member and onetime civil rights Freedom Rider, is asking a lot this summer, more than three years after he first asked a president he deeply admires to grant him a pardon for a 44-year-old federal firearms conviction. Continue reading

Walker enters Republican race, needs to show appeal beyond Iowa

By Steve Holland By Steve Holland MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Scott Walker jumped into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, needing to prove he has learned from early missteps and can appeal to voters beyond the conservatives who dominate the first nominating contest in Iowa. Continue reading

How Scott Walker became a conservative star

UPDATE: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Monday morning on Twitter that he is running for the Republican nomination for president, saying, “I’m in. I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.” Walker will give a speech kicking off his campaign Monday evening in Waukesha, Wisc., becoming one of seven current or former Republican governors to enter the 2016 race — and the only one to survive a recall election in his own state Continue reading