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In First Of 2 Gay-Marriage Cases, Court Turns To Proposition 8

The justices on Tuesday hear a case that stems from a constitutional challenge to the California ban on same-sex marriage that was enacted by voter initiative in 2008. And on Wednesday, the court hears a challenge to the federal law that bars the U.S. government from recognizing gay marriages.

Supreme Court To Examine State Ban On Affirmative Action

With a case examining the use of race in the University of Texas admissions process still undecided, the court surprised observers by accepting yet another affirmative action case for next term. This one, from Michigan, tests whether voters, by referendum, can bar race-conscious admissions programs in higher education.

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Analysis: D.C. Circuit Court Nomination For Caitlin Halligan Withdrawn

Political columnist David Hawkings talks about why the White House has formally withdrawn one of its long-standing nominations for an appointee to the D.C. Circuit Court.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