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Will Ill. Legalize Gay Marriage Before Legislature Adjourns?

The clock is ticking for those who hope Illinois becomes the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage. After passing the Illinois Senate in February, a bill to legalize gay marriage has stalled in the House. Backers are trying to get it through before the Legislature adjourns Friday night.

Administration Touts Competition In Insurance Exchanges

In three-quarters of the states where the federal government is running the marketplaces, at least one new insurer has applied to enter the individual market.

Congress Poised To Make Crop Insurance Subsidies More Generous

Farmers have been getting these government checks for years. Essentially, insurance allows farmers to lock in price guarantees — while taxpayers foot 60 percent of the premiums. Critics say such subsidies help the rich get richer and minimize risk so much, they incentivize farming on marginal lands.

FBI Pick Rekindles Debate On Post-9/11 Security Measures

Word that the White House plans to nominate former Justice Department official James Comey to lead the FBI has rekindled a debate about the balance between security and liberty. Comey, a Republican, served in the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11 attacks.