Most Americans say they support each of the two major Supreme Court rulings issued late last week. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 63% support the Supreme Court's ruling upholding government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run health insurance exchanges. Slightly fewer, 59%, say they back the ruling which made same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states. Support for each ruling is sharply divided by party, with most Democrats and independents behind both, and most Republicans opposed to both.
TV Land has pulled reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard off its schedule. The network did not comment on why the episodes were removed, but the news comes after the show became part of the national debate over use of the Confederate flag, which is displayed on the roof of the Duke boys' car. Last week, Warner Bros. Consumer Products said it would no longer license toys or models of the iconic 1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed General Lee. read more
Texas' conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton called the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and said state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses. Paxton's comments echoed those Friday of Gov. Greg Abbott, who said Texans can't be forced by the court ruling to act contrary to their religious beliefs.
An East Tennessee hardware store owner posted a hand-written "No Gays Allowed" sign on his store. Jeff Amyx, a Baptist minister who owns Amyx Hardware and Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, said he posted the sign because gay and lesbian couples are against his religion. He is not planning to take it down. "They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can't I?" Amyx said. "They believe their way is right, I believe it's wrong. But yet I'm going to take more persecution than them because I'm standing for what I believe in."
The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's law. There's no shortage of pressing issues, including prescription drug prices, high insurance deductibles and long-term care. "It would be great if the health care conversation moves to where people are, not relitigating these insurance issues," said Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress read more
NBC just told Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate and former star of the Celebrity Apprentice reality show, that he's fired. Following inflammatory remarks that Trump made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential announcement, NBC said in a statement that it was ending its business relationship with the billionaire real estate and media mogul. During his June 16 announcement, Trump referred to immigrants as "rapists" and "murderers." Citing "derogatory statements," NBC said that it would no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that were part of a joint venture with the network.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on a conference call with donors and supporters Tuesday morning that he's making a bid for president. Christie will make the official announcement at Livingston High School, where he served as class president for three years. "Going back to where you were when you were 15, or 16, or 17 years old, and to be able to stand in front of that group of people and offer yourself to the presidency is a really, really amazing moment," Christie said. read more
John D. Sutter, CNN: Out here in the middle of the Pacific, somewhere between Australia and Hawaii, there's a place where no one has the luxury of denying the existence of climate change. People here in the Marshall Islands are living it. Have been living it. They've internalized the gravest of predictions -- that the Marshall Islands, this loose collection of no-elevation coral atolls, likely will be submerged beneath the waves as humans continue to warm the atmosphere and the oceans continue to rise. They've seen their homes flood frequently -- seen the tides getting higher, seen their lives threatened. Mojje Anungar watched the remains of his infant son, George, who died at 7 months, wash into the Pacific from a coastal graveyard. read more
David Fellerath, Washington Post: Most gun owners are not members of the NRA. Letting the organization pretend otherwise hurts the millions of gun owners who support some form of gun control. Some time after I bought my first gun, I got a robocall from the National Rifle Association, asking me to join. After the customary "Please stay on the line" from a pleasant but earnest voice, I recoiled from the barkings of an angry-sounding man. Did I know that Barack Hussein Obama and European leaders are meeting on American soil right now, at this very moment, to plot the confiscation of my guns? The caller continued with his insinuations of an imminent United Nations plot against America, but before I could be handed off to a live operator, I hung up the phone. read more
The Ku Klux Klan has been approved to hold a protest rally at the South Carolina statehouse next month against removing the Confederate battle flag, with the group calling accused mass murderer Dylann Roof a "young warrior." The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan applied for the permit last week to hold a rally for 100 to 200 people on July 18. The move was not endorsed by Gov. Nikki Haley. "This is our state, and they are not welcome," she said. read more