White House hires first openly transgender staffer

Aug 20, 2015

White House hires first openly transgender staffer

The White House has hired its first openly transgender employee, according to a U.S. official, winning praise from activists for President Barack Obama’s support for lesbian, gay and transgender people. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, 28, a longtime advocate for transgender rights, will be an outreach and ...

Longtime U.S. civil rights campaigner Julian Bond dead at 75

Aug 17, 2015

Longtime U.S. civil rights campaigner Julian Bond dead at 75

Julian Bond, a leading figure from the 1960s civil rights movement who served as chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People after a long career in politics, died Saturday, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Bond ...

Aug 14, 2015

Fifteen U.S. states seek to block EPA carbon rule

Fifteen state attorneys general petitioned a federal court in Washington on Thursday to block new U.S. rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants, in the first of several expected legal challenges to the Obama administration measure. States that oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s ...

Jeb Bush won't rule out use of torture by government

Aug 14, 2015

Jeb Bush won't rule out use of torture by government

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday declined to rule out resuming the use of torture under some circumstances by the U.S. government. The former Florida governor said that in general, he believes torture is inappropriate, and that he was glad his brother, former ...