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Supreme Court Set For Furious Round Of Decisions In Final Days Of June
The Supreme Court is set to hand down key decisions this week on student debt relief, affirmative action and federal election laws as it enters the last week of its summer session with 10 cases pending.
The court has given no indication it will break its norm of finishing decisions by the end of June, and the next batch is slated to be released Tuesday morning.
Beyond the decisions, the court is also forming its docket for the next term. The justices on Monday could announce whether they will take up several high-profile cases, including on guns, racial discrimination and qualified immunity.
Here are the remaining cases as the Supreme Court wraps up its annual term:Read More
Psychologist Explains Online Attacks Against Victims Of Titanic Sub Tragedy: 'Our Culture Lacks Empathy'
A cultural expert and psychologist is concerned about an empathy dip among the American public and found it no more clearly illustrated amid hateful comments online directed at the victims of a submersible which imploded on its journey to view the Titanic wreckage.
As the search was ongoing, a wave of hateful and mocking comments erupted online. Some said, "Eat the rich."
"Why does it seem hard to feel sorry for the rich people that might die in the submersible?" asked one Reddit thread. Memes making Titanic jokes and quips about the foolhardiness of the submersible passengers abounded on Instagram, TikTok and other social media platforms.Read More
Putin Suppressed A Mutiny. But What’s Next For Him And Russia?
The last few days have been alternately strange, confusing and nerve-wracking. The world watched as tension between several of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most loyal lieutenants broke into the open, and one of them turned his guns on targets in his own country.
For now, the situation appears to have been resolved with an offer of exile to Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the mercenary Wagner Group, who resisted having his forces integrated into the Russian army and sent them into Russia to confront the military leadership. But it remains unclear to what extent Putin and the autocratic regime he has spent the last 23 years building has been damaged by the display of defiance, either short term or long term.
So we asked some of the most astute observers of Russia and its leader to share their thoughts on what we’ve learned about Putin in the last few days, and what that might mean for Russia — and the West — going forward.Read More
The Next President's $4 Trillion Problem
Whoever is in the White House in 2025 will quickly face a series of legislative deadlines with impossible price tags: $3.6 trillion in tax cuts and $350 billion in Affordable Care Act subsidies are expiring — and that's after the debt limit will need to be addressed again.
The deadlines could force political horse-trading of epic proportions. Alternatively, gridlock or alarm over the nation's debt may lead to Americans seeing higher taxes and fewer benefits.
Republicans' 2017 tax law and the enhanced ACA subsidies that Democrats first passed in 2021 are signature policy accomplishments for each party. They're also both extremely polarizing, and became law under party-line votes.Read More
These Are The Organizations Giving Over 90% Of Donations To Their Fatcat Executives - While Ignoring Their Causes
Millions of Americans generously donate a slice of their paychecks every year, offering to help those in need while maybe earning a slice of good karma.
The US charity industry is worth well over $2 trillion, but many have no idea the sector is littered with greed, and their good intentions may be lining the pockets of fatcat CEOs instead.
According to a study, the 50 worst charities in America gave less than four percent of donations to their advertised recipients from 2003 to 2013.
Over the same decade, six spent nothing at all on direct cash aid.
From Black Lives Matter splashing its social media fortune on an LA mansion to executives giving themselves lucrative bonuses, these are allegedly the worst charities to hand over your hard-earned cash to.Read More
Man, 47, Man Drowns In Wisconsin Lake
A 47-year-old man from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, drowned in a lake on Saturday afternoon, Marinette County (Wis.) Sheriff Randy Miller reported.
Miller said in a news release that at 3:58 p.m. Saturday, Marinette County Dispatch received a call of a possible drowning in Butterfly Lake in Wausaukee.
Fire and rescue personnel as well as sheriff’s deputies responded to the location.Read More
A Look At Specifics In The Republican-Backed 2023-25 Wisconsin State Budget
The Republican-authored Wisconsin state biennial budget includes a $3.5 billion income tax cut, a cut to the University of Wisconsin System and more money for public K-12 and private voucher schools.
Here’s a look at what is and isn’t in the proposed Wisconsin state budget that the Republican-controlled Legislature is expected to pass this week:Read More
Boaters: Be Aware Of Increased Law Enforcement On Wisconsin Waters
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) advises boaters that they will see more DNR conservation wardens and area law enforcement on the water July 1-3 as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign.
Wardens and other participating law enforcement agencies will be educating boaters about safe boating practices across the country, which includes sober boating.
Alcohol use is a leading factor in recreational boating fatalities, and nearly 80% of fatal boating incidents involve drowning. Since Operation Dry Water started in 2009, law enforcement officers across the nation have taken law enforcement action against 4,700 impaired operators, preventing dangerous and potentially devastating consequences.Read More
Miss Wisconsin 2023 Makes History
The new Miss Wisconsin has been crowned, and she is making history.
21-year-old Lila Szyryj is the first Chinese American and the first Madison native to win the title.
She earned it at the Miss Wisconsin pageant Saturday night. The pageant was held at the Albert Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh.
During the talent phase of the competition, Szyryj performed a classical piano solo, '”Revolutionary Etude” by Chopin.Read More
Tiffany Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Rural Broadband Access
Reps. Tom Tiffany (WI-07), Eric Sorensen (IL-17), and Glenn Grothman (WI-06) reintroduced legislation to expand broadband access in rural areas across the United States.
The ACCESS Rural America Act would allow smaller, locally owned broadband providers to streamline U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) registration and reporting requirements. By increasing the number of investors that prompt the SEC public reporting requirements, rural broadband providers will no longer be hamstrung by additional federal regulations intended for large corporations.
“Instead of being able to supply rural America with high-speed broadband networks, our local providers are caught up in Washington’s bureaucratic red tape,” said Congressman Tiffany. “This bipartisan bill will give small broadband providers the tools to expand quality internet access across rural America.”Read More