Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
U.S. Supreme Court ruling means Wisconsin can continue purging its voter rolls every 4 years: Richard Wolf and Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel write: "Failing to vote can lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday in a decision that likely will help Republicans and harm Democrats. The ruling will have little direct effect in Wisconsin and the state can continue to purge its voter rolls of people who haven't voted in four years, according to Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney. Wisconsin election officials send postcards after each election for president or governor to those who are registered to vote but have not voted in the past four years. Those who respond within 30 days can stay on the voter rolls; those who don't respond are removed. In a 5-4 decision Monday, the nation’s high court upheld a similar system in Ohio. Civil rights groups had challenged that state for having the strictest method of purging voters in the nation. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, noting that an estimated one in eight voter registrations in the United States are invalid or inaccurate. He said failing to vote cannot be the sole reason for purging voters but noted that Ohio 'removes registrants only if they have failed to vote and have failed to respond to a notice.'" Read more.
Protest briefly closes State Street: Sean Kennedy writes in Isthmus: "As part of a nationwide action to raise the minimum wage, several dozen protesters in Madison chanted and held protest signs while blocking traffic on the 100 block of State Street Monday afternoon. Some were led away by police and ticketed. Tim Cordon, a social justice coordinator for First Unitarian Society, was an organizer of the protest, which is part of the Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign. Organizers anticipated similar protests in 35 state capitals and Washington, D.C. 'We’re in solidarity with the Poor People’s Campaign, which is calling for an end to systemic racism, an end to militarism, an end to environmental destruction, and an end to poverty,' Cordon says. 'The main theme of the day is worker justice,' he adds, noting the 'Fight for 15' t-shirts worn by many of the protesters. The Fight for 15 pushes for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, targeting mostly fast-food and retail operations. Madison Police wrote a number of $124 tickets for obstructing a roadway. 'I think today went really beautifully,' Cordon says, still holding his ticket in his hand. 'There’s a tremendous energy of love in the air, the police have been kind, and the spirit has been beautiful. It’s the biggest civil disobedience action The Poor People’s campaign has seen in Madison.'” Read more.
Many Foxconn jobs won't be in Racine County, a company executive says: Rick Romell of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Many of the 13,000 Wisconsin jobs Foxconn Technology Group has said it will create will be outside Racine County, where the company will build its $10 billion electronics factory, a Foxconn executive said Monday. Alan Yeung, the Taiwan-based firm's director of U.S. strategic initiatives, didn’t say where else in Wisconsin the jobs would be located beyond potentially several hundred in downtown Milwaukee, where Foxconn will locate its regional headquarters. Speaking to the monthly meeting of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Yeung said most of the 13,000 Foxconn jobs in Wisconsin will be in Racine County, as specified in the company's contract with the county and the Village of Mount Pleasant. 'But a great deal of that (13,000) will actually be outside Racine,' Yeung said. His remarks during a talk at the University Club and in a subsequent interview represent Foxconn's most direct statements to date about the distribution of the jobs promised as part of a deal that could bring the company $3 billion in state financial assistance, the great majority of it taxpayer-funded, along with $764 million in local help and other aid." Read more.
How Trump-Kim ties could transform Asia: Joshua Berlinger of CNN writes: "As Tuesday's landmark summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea drew to a close, questions remained for US allies in East Asia as to what Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's budding relationship will mean for the region. A document signed by the two men committed the US and North Korea to join efforts to 'build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula' and 'to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.' Trump sought to clarify the details of agreement in a news conference after the summit, but in doing so, revealed details that appeared to upend decades of US policy in Asia. Trump outlined outlined a vision of an Asian geopolitical landscape that included a significantly reduced US military presence, promising to end joint US-South Korean military exercises and eventually withdraw US troops from the Korean Peninsula. Any suggestion of a potential removal of US power will likely spark concerns both in Tokyo and Seoul, where US troops have been stationed since the 1950s. 'I want to get our soldiers out. I want to bring our soldiers back home,' Trump said. 'But that's not part of the equation right now. I hope it will be eventually.'" Read more.
Activists protest as Italy prepares to ship migrants to Spain: Crispian Balmer of Reuters writes: "Italy plans to transfer some migrants crammed aboard a charity boat onto other vessels on Tuesday and then sail them all to Spain, despite appeals from humanitarian groups to let the group land immediately. The 629 migrants, including 11 children and seven pregnant women, have been drifting in the central Mediterranean aboard the Aquarius rescue ship since Sunday, when both Italy and Malta shut their ports to it. Spain unexpectedly offered on Monday to take in the migrants, who were picked up off the Libyan coast over the weekend, but the Aquarius had still not moved more than 16 hours later as the authorities finalize logistics of the trip. Italy’s coast guard said in a statement that two Italian ships would take on board some of the migrants, easing conditions on the overcrowded Aquarius. All three ships would then sail to the Spanish port of Valencia on a voyage expected to take four days. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which is operating the Aquarius alongside SOS Mediterranne, urged a rethink. 'This plan would mean already exhausted rescued people would endure 4 more days travel at sea,' it said on Twitter. 'MSF calls for people’s safety to come before politics.'” Read more.
British prime minister faces rebellion while working on deal to break from European Union: Christina Boyle of the Los Angeles Times writes: "In the two years since the British electorate voted to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced challenge after challenge as Britain struggles to determine what its future will look like. But this week is likely to rank as one of the most pivotal as she faces the very real possibility of a rebellion within her party as lawmakers vote on a key piece of legislation on Britain’s EU exit, known as Brexit. Speaking to her Conservative Party colleagues on Monday, May pleaded with them to think deeply before breaking ranks. 'Think about the message Parliament will send to the European Union' if the government is essentially defeated, she said. 'I am trying to negotiate the best deal for Britain. I am confident I can get a deal that allows us to strike our own trade deals while having a border with the EU which is as frictionless as possible,' she told lawmakers. 'But if the Lords amendments are allowed to stand, that negotiating position will be undermined.' May is referring to more than a dozen amendments that Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, has made to the EU withdrawal bill, which will be debated Tuesday and Wednesday." Read more.