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Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Comes Undone After Gay Marriage Ruling

(TPM) Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has vehemently opposed same-sex marriage in his state, broke down over the weekend after the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry. "Just who do they think they are when one person can reverse 200-and-something years of precedent in our country and thousands of years of precedent in western civilization," Moore said on Sunday while speaking at the Kimberly Church of God's "God and Country Day," according to the Associated Press. The justice warned that ruling could infringe upon the religious freedoms of Christians in the U.S. "Welcome to the new world. It's just changed for you Christians. You are going to be persecuted according to the U.S Supreme Court dissents," he said.


"Antonin Scalia is a Douche" brunch special sells out in record time

(Raw Story) On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a legal right for all Americans, regardless of the couple’s gender composition. Justice Antonin Scalia was not happy with the decision, calling the ruling “a threat to American democracy” in his written dissent. Friday is also the day Sam’s Morning Glory Diner comes up with the names of its weekly breakfast specials. This week, the Philadelphia restaurant put two new items on its menu, drawing inspiration from current events. “Antonin Scalia is a Douche,” an egg dish with vegetables, cheese, and andouille sausage (for which there was enough meat to make 150 servings) sold out before 10 AM on Sunday. “The Supreme Court Finally Got It Right” quiches, available with or without prosciutto ham, were gone in less time than that.


Biden attends services at Charleston church

(MSN) CHARLESTON, S.C. — Vice President Joe Biden worshipped and spoke at the Sunday service of the historic African-American church where nine people were gunned down during Bible study earlier this month. The vice president's surprise appearance came on the second Sunday the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church held regular services following the June 17 shooting.


The 'Southern Avenger' Repents: I Was Wrong About The Confederate Flag

(Daily Beast) As a Charleston, South Carolina-based conservative radio personality known as the “Southern Avenger,” I spent a decade defending the Confederate flag that is yet again the center of so much controversy. I said the flag was about states’ rights. I said it stood for self-determination. I said it honored heritage.I argued the Confederate flag wasn’t about race. I believed it. Millions of well-meaning Southerners believe it too.

I was wrong. That flag is always about race. Whatever political or historical points the flag’s defenders make, there will never be a time—and never has been a time—in which millions of Americans have looked at that symbol and not seen hatred.


George Takei: When I checked Twitter this morning

George Takei: My eyes shine with tears as marriage equality is ruled the law of the land. What a pride weekend it shall be! http://po.st/ZgW19W


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Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking

30 min ago - Environmentalists want California to stop offshore fracking | June 30, 2015 | Updated: June 30, 2015 7:06pm LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists Tuesday called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the ... (Associated Press)

USA into final after a tale of two penalties

30 min ago - A Carli Lloyd-inspired USA are into their second successive FIFA Women’s World Cup Final™ following an intensely fought semi-final in Montreal. The contest was marked by a costly spot-kick failure from Celia Sasic, while Lloyd tucked away her penalt ... (Fifa)

Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid

39 min ago - Federal judge rules Maui County ban on GMO crops invalid By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | June 30, 2015 | Updated: June 30, 2015 7:36pm HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engi ... (Associated Press)

Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation

43 min ago - Girl Scouts refuse $100,000 anti-transgender donation By PHUONG LE, Associated Press | June 30, 2015 | Updated: June 30, 2015 6:36pm SEATTLE (AP) — The Girl Scouts of Western Washington said it has returned a $100,000 donation because it came with ... (Associated Press)

Democrats propose 1-month budget; Rauner ready to nix it

1 hr ago - By JOHN O'CONNOR and SARA BURNETT SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner appeared ready Tuesday to reject a Democratic proposal aimed at keeping state services functioning for another month, leaving the state without a way to ... (AP)

American Ballet Theatre names Misty Copeland their first black principal dancer in its 75-year histo

1 hr ago - Misty Copeland, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will become its first African-American female principal ballerina, the dance company, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, said on Tuesday. Copeland, 32, joined American Ba ... (dailymail)

ACLU, Innocence Project sue to get jailhouse records on behalf of Omaha man convicted in 2007 slayin

1 hr ago - By Cody Winchester The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska and the Nebraska Innocence Project are suing to obtain jailhouse records on behalf of an Omaha man who was convicted of murder in 2009. In a complaint filed last week in Douglas Coun ... (Omaha World Herald)

U.S. And Cuba To Announce Embassy Openings

2 hrs ago - By Jim Acosta, Elise Labott and Kevin Liptak, CNN Updated 6:50 PM ET, Tue June 30, 2015 Washington (CNN)The United States and Cuba on Wednesday plan to officially seal the renewal of diplomatic ties begun last year, announcing the reopening of embas ... (CNN)

Shell secures new authorization in pursuing Arctic drilling

3 hrs ago - Shell secures new authorization in pursuing Arctic drilling By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | June 30, 2015 | Updated: June 30, 2015 4:23pm JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has secured another federal authorization as it pursues plans to ... (Associated Press)

Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US

3 hrs ago - Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants in US By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press | June 30, 2015 | Updated: June 30, 2015 3:19pm VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his up ... (Associated Press)

Hawaii lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp

3 hrs ago - Hawaii lawmaker assaulted at homeless camp By CATHY BUSSEWITZ and RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press | June 30, 2015 | Updated: June 30, 2015 4:31pm HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii state lawmaker who used a sledgehammer to smash shopping carts used by the ho ... (Associated Press)

Greece debt crisis: IMF payment missed as bailout expires

3 hrs ago - Greece has missed the deadline for a €1.6bn (£1.1bn) payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), hours after eurozone ministers refused to extend its bailout. But the ministers said they would discuss a last-minute suggestion from Greece for a ... (BBC)

Judge Blocks New Florida 24-Hour Abortion Wait Law

3 hrs ago - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. Chief Circuit Judge Charles Francis on Tuesday blocked the law one day before it was scheduled to take effect. Th ... (WCTV via Associated Press)

Secret US court allows resumption of bulk phone metadata spying

3 hrs ago - A secret US tribunal ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency is free to continue its bulk telephone metadata surveillance program—the same spying that Congress voted to terminate weeks ago. Congress disavowed the program NSA whistleblowe ... (Ars Technica)

Cuba first to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV transmission

3 hrs ago - Cuba has become the first country to eliminate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to baby, the World Health Organisation has announced. The WHO’s director general, Margaret Chan, said it was “one of the greatest public health achieveme ... (The Guardian)

Congress lets Export-Import Bank expire

4 hrs ago - The charter for the Export-Import Bank of the United States expires at midnight Tuesday, delivering at least a short-term victory for fiscal conservatives and activists who targeted the 81-year-old institution as a free market distortion. "This is a ... (USA Today)

Cory Booker Formally Backs Hillary Clinton

4 hrs ago - Politics Jun 30 2015, 10:27 am ET Cory Booker Formally Backs Hillary Clinton New Jersey Democrat Sen. Cory Booker has formally endorsed Hillary Clinton's presidential run, praising her actions on joblessness and criminal justice reform. Booker, ... (nbcnews.com)

KKK began national recruiting efforts, including in Alabama, days after South Carolina massacre

4 hrs ago - Just days after nine people were killed inside a black church in South Carolina, residents across Alabama walked out of their homes on a Sunday morning to find KKK flyers packaged with pieces of candy in their driveways. The leader of the Pelham-N.C ... (AL.com)

Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults

4 hrs ago - Carlos Slim scraps project with Donald Trump after Mexico insults Tue, 30 Jun 2015 Reuters A television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump after ... (Reuters)

KKK Plans Pro-Confederate Flag Rally In South Carolina

4 hrs ago - Members of the Ku Klux Klan have announced plans to rally next month in South Carolina in support of the Confederate flag. State officials confirmed to The Washington Post that the Loyal White Knights chapter of the KKK got permission to meet at t ... (Huffington Post)

Greece on the brink of financial collapse with IMF deadline hours away

5 hrs ago - Greece is on the brink of default and insolvency as €240bn of bailout funding comes to an end, with the country either unable or refusing to make a €1.6bn payment to the International Monetary Fund. The failure to resolve the crisis by Tuesday night’ ... (The Guardian)

Islamic State may threaten Russia's Caucasus

5 hrs ago - The head of Russia's Security Council has identified Islamic State (IS) as the greatest threat to world peace and security, and it seems the danger could be getting closer to home. The militant Islamist group has proclaimed the establishment of a wi ... (BBC)

IMF: austerity measures would still leave Greece with unsustainable debt

5 hrs ago - Greece would face an unsustainable level of debt by 2030 even if it signs up to the full package of tax and spending reforms demanded of it, according to unpublished documents compiled by its three main creditors. The documents, drawn up by the so-c ... (Guardian(UK))

Consumer Confidence Index Rises To 101.4 In June, Solid Gain Pointing To Future Growth

5 hrs ago - By MARTIN CRUTSINGER Associated Press June 30, 2015 — 10:51am WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence showed a solid gain in June following a modest increase in May, supporting the view that strong job gains are giving a boost to the overall economy. The ... (Associated Press)

Union sues personnel office over hack of employees’ information

5 hrs ago - By Joe Davidson The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) filed suit Monday against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), two of its top officials and an agency contractor over the cyber theft of employees’ personal information. T ... (W Post)

Trump near top of pack in Michigan, Clinton leads GOP field

6 hrs ago - PPP's newest Michigan poll finds a four way cluster at the top of the Republican field- Scott Walker's at 15%, with Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump all right behind at 14%. Marco Rubio at 9%, Mike Huckabee at 8%, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz at ... (Public Policy Polling)

Puerto Rico Crisis Spurs U.S. Congress to Advance Chapter 9 (Bankruptcy) Bill

6 hrs ago - by Kasia KlimasinskaKathleen Miller June 30, 2015 — 2:54 PM EDT New York Senator Charles Schumer, the third-highest ranking Democrat in the chamber, will team up with Connecticut Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal to sponsor a bill that would allo ... (Bloomberg)

Obama Says He’ll Walk Away From Iran Talks If Terms Can’t Be Met

6 hrs ago - Jun 30, 2015 12:51 PM EDT As negotiations with Iran enter the closing phase, President Barack Obama said he’s still prepared to walk away from the talks if the Islamic Republic can’t meet the terms set out by the U.S. and its partners. The “deep-s ... (Bloomberg)

Doctors Got $6.5 Billion From Drug, Device Makers in U.S.

6 hrs ago - by Caroline ChenZachary Tracer June 30, 2015 — 1:57 PM EDT Updated on June 30, 2015 — 2:10 PM EDT U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals got $6.49 billion from drug and medical-device makers in 2014, according to new government data on the financial l ... (Bloomberg)

US And Brazil Commit To Climate, Renewable Energy Goals

6 hrs ago - As part of the commitment, both countries pledged to increase their targets for renewable energy drawn from sources other than hydropower. The United States agreed to increase its share of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2030 -- which is about trip ... (Huffington Post)