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  • Supreme Court rules Texas abortion clinics can remain open
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 2:56 pm
    The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas' 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them.
  • Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 2:52 pm
    Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.
  • Some Supreme Court justices' views on death penalty change
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 2:41 pm
    Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg declared for the first time Monday that they believe it is "highly likely" that the death penalty is unconstitutional.
  • US resuming aid to Bahrain military, ally against IS
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 2:32 pm
    The State Department says it is resuming aid to the military in Bahrain, which has been withheld since Bahrain cracked down on demonstrations in 2011.
  • Obama signs trade, worker assistance bills into law
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 2:20 pm
    In a rare bipartisan scene at the White House, President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law two hard-fought bills giving him greater authority to negotiate international trade deals and providing aid to workers whose jobs are displaced by such pacts.
  • Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 2:16 pm
    It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to put down the intelligence of farmers. That footage becomes part of a 30-second TV ad, by the super PAC American Crossroads, boosting the Republican candidate, Joni Ernst.
  • McConnell: Export-Import Bank supporters have the votes
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 1:56 pm
    The supporters of the federal Export-Import Bank have the Senate votes to revive it and will get a chance to do so, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday.
  • Indian tribe recognition process overhauled
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 1:56 pm
    Some Indian tribes may have a clearer path toward federal recognition under a new Obama administration rule that relaxes some requirements and speeds decision-making, potentially affecting hundreds of groups.
  • Bush recalls removing Confederate flag from Florida Capitol
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 1:52 pm
    Campaigning in South Carolina, where residents are still reeling from a white gunman's massacre of nine black churchgoers, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told voters Monday that he removed the Confederate battle flag from the Florida Capitol grounds in 2001 when he was governor.
  • Incomes rise for bottom 99 percent, but inequality still worsens
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 12:49 pm
    Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks.
  • Incomes rise for bottom 99 pct.; US inequality still worsens
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 12:36 pm
    Solid job growth is finally boosting paychecks for the rest of us.
  • Justices rule against EPA power plant mercury limits
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 11:17 am
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators.
  • US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 10:56 am
    The U.S. military's program to train and equip thousands of moderate Syrian rebels is faltering, with fewer than 100 volunteers, raising questions about whether the effort can produce enough capable fighters quickly enough to make a difference in the war against the Islamic State.
  • Justices uphold Arizona's system for redistricting
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 10:28 am
    The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the power of independent commissions used by 13 states to draw congressional districts, in a ruling that could spur efforts in other states to reduce partisan influence in the creation of electoral districts.
  • Petition for NBC to cut ties with Trump gets 200,000 signatures
    Associated Press | June 29, 2015 9:16 am
    A petition asking NBC to fire Donald Trump has collected more than 200,000 signatures.