By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 nonunion public school teachers who say California's requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights. The case comes as some Republican politicians, most notably Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, have taken aim at public and private sector unions, which generally align themselves with Democrats. In 2011, Walker signed a law that limited collective bargaining rights for state workers.
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush planned to release 33 years of tax records on Tuesday in what was believed to be the most ever made public by a presidential candidate. Bush, a former Florida governor, is attempting to demonstrate that he is more transparent than his rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and distinguish himself from Democrat Hillary Clinton. The tax records are expected to cover nearly all of his business career.
By Roberta Rampton and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law legislation that gives him "fast-track" power to push ahead on a Pacific Rim trade deal that has been the subject of intense debate in Congress and across the nation. Flanked by some of the lawmakers who supported the bill through a six-week congressional battle, Obama acknowledged that his fight to secure the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership was far from over. "We still have some tough negotiations that are going to be taking place," Obama said at a signing ceremony.
Lawyers for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes sought on Monday to build their case he was legally insane, calling a former co-worker at a pill-coating factory who remembered him as quiet, antisocial and acting oddly. Public defenders are seeking to save Holmes' life after the 27-year-old former neuroscience graduate student pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and wounding 70 in the July 2012 shooting rampage. Jose Sanchez worked with the defendant for three or four months beginning in the fall of 2010 at a pill- and capsule-coating factory in San Diego county, California.