Here are some of the headlines that got our attention this morning:
President Obama spoke before a crowd of mostly young people in Northern Ireland overnight before the start of the two-day G8 summit. His speech in Belfast comes ahead of talks scheduled for later today with British Prime Minister David Cameron. One of the big topics of discussion at the G8 meeting will be the bloody civil war in Syria that is now in its third year.
Speaking of the President, recent controversies are weighing down his approval rating. This morning’s CNN/ORC International survey shows Obama’s approval rating at 45-percent. That’s down eight points since last month and it’s the President’s lowest approval rating in more than a year and a half.
Big cases may be soon decided in the Supreme Court. Affirmative action is one and The U.S. Supreme Court could issue landmark rulings on same-sex marriage soon, as soon as today actually. It’s the biggest civil rights issue to come before the high court in decades. Justices have been considering two key cases. One involves the constitutionality of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA [[ DOE-mah ]]. It defines marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman. The second case involves California’s Proposition-8, a voter-approved measure which bans same-sex marriage.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio isn’t saying whether he’ll vote for a Senate immigration reform bill as-is. The Florida Republican told ABC’s “This Week” the bill is an excellent “starting point,” but elements need to be improved. Rubio dismissed speculation that he’s being used by Democrats to vote on softer immigration reform. He said his priority is securing the border and preventing a future wave of illegal immigration. Rubio is a key member of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight.” The group has worked for months drafting a bipartisan immigration reform bill.
Miami Weather: A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.
Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).
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