Politics

7:06am

Tue June 30, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Chris Christie

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 12:54 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes to reset his political fortunes with his presidential announcement on Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

This post has been updated to reflect Christie officially getting in the race for president.

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5:29am

Tue June 30, 2015
Latin America

Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:06 am

President Barack Obama walks with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, second from right, during a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

It's rare that a world leader will cancel a planned state visit to the White House, but that's what happened two years ago when Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff found out that the U.S. had been spying on her and her top aides.

The Brazilian leader is now trying to let bygones be bygones, and is in Washington, D.C., to visit with President Obama.

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5:02am

Tue June 30, 2015
Around the Nation

New Jersey's Chris Christie To Join GOP Presidential Field

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 8:06 am

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4:58am

Tue June 30, 2015
Law

Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:52 pm

The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Sue Ogrocki AP

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued the last of its opinions for this term — on the death penalty, anti-pollution regulations and the power of independent commissions to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the court issued a set of orders that set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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10:22pm

Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:17 am

President Obama signs a presidential memorandum in March of 2014 that directed the Department of Labor construct a new set of overtime rules, with the goal of making more employees eligible for overtime pay.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

President Obama is expected to release this week a long-awaited rule governing overtime that could affect 5 million people as soon as next year, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to NPR.

The proposed rule would more than double the salary cap under which most workers would qualify for overtime pay whenever they work more than 40 hours a week, the source said. The cap would be raised from $23,660 to $50,440, and indexed to wage growth or inflation, ensuring the cap would move with the overall economy.

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6:53pm

Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:17 pm

People who oppose vaccinating their children wouldn't be able to cite personal beliefs if the bill became law.
Irfan Khan LA Times via Getty Images

A bill that would make vaccinations a requirement for nearly every schoolchild passed the California Legislature. The bill, SB 277, is now on its way to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. It's one of the toughest vaccination bills in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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5:41pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Environment

U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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5:41pm

Mon June 29, 2015
Politics

Cruz: States Have 'No Obligation' To Accept Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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4:55pm

Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 5:17 pm

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld voter-created independent redistricting commissions, preserving such groups in Arizona and California.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to uphold the constitutionality of Arizona's independent redistricting commission has some hoping their model could now pave the way for other states to adopt a less partisan way of drawing congressional lines.

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4:46pm

Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

MAP: Lethal Injection By Far The Most Popular Execution Method In U.S.

Lethal injection map
Chris Groskopf/NPR

States may continue using a popular but controversial drug in lethal injection executions, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday in a 5-4 decision.

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