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The Same-Sex Marriage Cases: A Primer

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a pair of cases on the issue of gay marriage. On Tuesday, the justices will review California's Proposition 8; on Wednesday, they take up the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
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Analysis: D.C. Circuit Court Nomination For Caitlin Halligan Withdrawn

Political columnist David Hawkings talks about why the White House has formally withdrawn one of its long-standing nominations for an appointee to the D.C. Circuit Court.

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The Role Of Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners in a number of states are pressing lawmakers to let them practice without doctor supervision. Critics cite the risk of a lower standard of care. Debate over expanding the authority of nurse practitioners.


Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case worth billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and American consumers. The issue is whether brand-name drug manufacturers may pay generic drug manufacturers to keep their cheaper products off the market.

Shift In Gay Marriage Support Mirrors A Changing America

The latest polls indicate 58 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. In 1977, that number was 13 percent. One researcher says that jump in support isn't the result of a generational gap — it's that many who once opposed gay marriage have changed their minds or softened their opposition.
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Debt Ceiling Battle Begins To Heat Up

The government is now funded through September, but another deadline is hanging over Congress that threatens the region's economy.


Love, Roughhousing And Fifth Position In 'Brothers Emanuel'

Ezekiel Emanuel, elder brother to Chicago mayor Rahm and Hollywood superagent Ari, has written a new memoir about his family and growing up Jewish in inner-city Chicago. It's called Brothers Emanuel, and yes, he does discuss middle brother Rahm's talent for ballet.

Former Bush Aide Pushes 'Conservative Case' For Gay Marriage

Ken Mehlman, the political director for the George W. Bush White House, compares the right to marry to other fundamental rights conservatives embrace. He rounded up a group of 131 prominent Republicans to sign a legal brief that's at odds with the House GOP leadership and the party's platform.