June 25, 1938: FDR Signs the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
On this day in 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), abolishing child labor and establishing the 40-hour work week, a national minimum wage, and “time and a half” overtime pay. This final piece of New Deal legislation has been amended over 20 times both to raise the minimum wage and extend the law’s protections to historically oppressed groups.
Explore the Roosevelts’ lives with the site for Ken Burns’s upcoming film, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
Photo: "Glassworks. Midnight. Location: Indiana" 1908 Photo by Lewis W. Hine. Source: Library of Congress
America’s police forces are becoming more and more militarized, and it’s costing money and lives.
A new report from the America Civil Liberties Union dives into the deployment of SWAT teams by local and state police agencies, and the results aren’t pretty. Out of 818 SWAT raids carried out in 11 states from 2010 to 2013, seven ended with civilians dying because of the raids. There were also 46 civilian injuries.
While SWAT teams were originally meant for riot control and active shooter situations, the study found that 62% of missions were actually drug searches, with 79% of raids involving private homes. Only 7% of raids lined up with how SWAT teams were intended to be used.
Darius Robinson is working on his image. He recently had a sleeve on his right arm finished at his favorite tattoo parlor near his alma mater, Clemson University, in South Carolina.
But until recently — when Robinson graduated and finished his college football career — his image was not entirely his own.
In order to receive a scholarship to play defensive back for the Tigers, Robinson said, he had to sign away his right to profit from his name, image or likeness. That stipulation is part of the guidelines for amateur athletes set forth by the NCAA.
More guns means more gun violence. It’s an intuitive relationship — so why can’t we seem to grasp it?
This world map, created by Reddit user phillybdizzle using 2012 data from The Guardian, shows just how high the rate of firearm ownership is in America — 88.8 guns per 100 people, by far the highest rate on the planet. (The second-highest, Yemen, has 54.8 guns per 100 people.)
Lawmakers and activists from over 100 different countries gathered in London on Tuesday for the start of a high-profile conference aimed at combating sexual violence in war zones and eliminating what experts have called a “culture of impunity.”
The four-day summit, which is expected to draw hundreds of dignitaries including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, was organized by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who is also a special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Iraqi authorities are determined to recapture the northern city of Mosul after most of it was overrun by al-Qaida-inspired militants, the provincial governor said Wednesday after he fled the city along with half a million other residents.
The stunning assault by the al-Qaida-inspired group saw black banner-waving insurgents raid government buildings, push out security forces and capture military vehicles as residents fled for their lives from what is Iraq’s second-largest city. (AP)
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Attempts to revive the spirit of the Tiananmen Square movement have been made before. In the quarter-century since Chinese security forces killed hundreds, if not thousands of pro-democracy supporters many have tried to evoke the events of June 4, 1989 to inspire defiance anew.