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Obama: 'The Affordable Care Act Is Here to Stay'

June 25, 2015 Twice, President Obama's signature domestic accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, has been reviewed under the mortal threat of the Supreme Court. And twice it has survived. "Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or...

Scalia on Obamacare: 'We Should Start Calling This Law SCOTUScare'

June 25, 2015 In a landmark 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Affordable Care Act's insurance subsidies in every state. The decision in the King v. Burwell case is a win for the White House. For Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the dissenting opinion, the majority opinion, which was authored...

What Should Happen to Mississippi’s State Flag?

June 24, 2015 In South Carolina, the debate over whether a Confederate battle flag should fly on its Capitol grounds is serving as a reckoning of its Southern pride with the more racist elements of its history. That debate is now spilling over into Mississippi, which faces a much larger potential identity crisis....

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Obama on Charleston: 'I've Had to Make Statements Like This Too Many Times'

June 18, 2015 Once again, President Obama addresses a nation in mourning. Wednesday night, a lone gunman opened fire in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. The suspect, a 21-year-old white male, has appeared in photographs wearing pro-apartheid paraphernalia. He...

House GOP Still Doesn't Want Legal Pot in D.C.

June 10, 2015 Tucked inside a House Appropriations Committee bill released today is a provision that prohibits federal and local D.C. funds to be used to enact marijuana legalization. It reads: None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation...

Restraining Orders, But For Guns

June 1, 2015 Jared Loughner's parents knew he could be dangerous. In the months before his shooting rampage in a Tucson parking lot, they took away his shotgun. They disabled his car at night. They advised him to seek mental health care. But none of those actions stopped Loughner from purchasing a handgun...

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The U.S. Government's Battles With Professional Sports

May 28, 2015 Professional sports are ripe for corruption: The proliferation of vast sums of cash and competition in zero-sum games push people to actions on the edges of legality. But other scandals require oversight as well: controversy over team names, tax exemptions, and other non-illegal but controversial dealings compel government figures to...

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Newly Released Emails Detail Benghazi Correspondence

May 21, 2015 The New York Times on Thursday released 350 pages of Hillary Clinton's personal emails related to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. The emails are a subset of the 850 pages that the State Department turned over to the special House committee investigating...

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Obama Announces New Initiative to Help Young Minorities, As Police Deploy in Baltimore

May 5, 2015 On Monday, President Obama introduced a spinoff of his My Brother's Keeper initiative in hopes of reducing the racial gap in the U.S. economy amid recent turmoil in Baltimore, while in a cable-news splitscreen, police in the city responded in force to an alleged handgun violation. "That sense of unfairness...

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The Shocking Claims in the Terrorism Indictment of Two New York Women

April 2, 2015 Two women in New York City have been charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, the Justice Department said Thursday. The women, Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, "did knowingly and willfully" plan to use an explosive device in an attack on U.S. soil, the complaint...