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Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:57am

The court wrapped up on Monday, supporting the use of a controversial drug in executions by lethal injection. The justices also set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:20pm

The regulation, which retailers and restaurants likely will fight, would mean that all employees earning up to $50,440 a year would be guaranteed overtime pay, up from a the current cap of $23,660.

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California Legislature Passes 'Mandatory' Vaccine Bill, Sends It To The Governor

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 5:53pm

Children who have specific medical problems, like immune system deficiencies, would be exempt from vaccinations as long as they have confirmation from their doctor.

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U.N. Holds Climate Talks In New York Ahead Of Paris Meeting

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:41pm

The United Nations is having a high-level climate meeting ahead of the end-of-year meeting in Paris that will hopefully result in a major new agreement to rein in greenhouse gases.

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Cruz: States Have 'No Obligation' To Accept Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:25pm

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz about the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Could Supreme Court Decision Lead To Death Of The Gerrymander?

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:55pm

More than a half-dozen other states could implement independent redistricting commissions in the wake of the court's decision Monday to uphold Arizona's commission.

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NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Comments On Mexican Immigrants

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:27pm

NBC severs ties with Donald Trump over his derogatory remarks about Mexicans.

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Dominican Deportations Reach Crisis Levels, Haitian President Says

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:27pm

Haitian President Michel Martelly claims his country has accepted 14,000 people from the Dominican Republic. But the Dominican government claims official deportations won't begin until August.

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Supreme Court Approves Arizona Redistricting Commission

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:27pm

The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of independent commissions in the states as an alternative to having state legislatures draw lines for congressional districts.

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Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 3:00pm

If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and a controversial 2013 law will take effect. The law places new requirements on abortion providers.

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NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:25pm

The media company is ending its relationship with the presidential hopeful after comments he made about Mexican immigrants.

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Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:47am

Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission was formed 15 years ago, after voters took the power to redraw districts away from the state's Legislature.

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MAP: Lethal Injection By Far The Most Popular Execution Method In U.S.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 9:45am

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 against death row inmates, saying states may continue using midazolam to execute prisoners.

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Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 4:00am

As a result of the Supreme Court's two landmark decisions last week, Cruz is calling for justices to be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 1:25pm

Texas now explicitly allows the placenta to be taken home after giving birth in a hospital. It came about at the urging of people who feel consuming dried and encapsulated placenta helps new mothers.

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A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 8:03am

With no elections left to run, President Obama appears to be acting on his joke from earlier this year about having a to-do list that, well, rhymes with "bucket."

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Health Care Law Stands, Marriage Equality Expands: What Now For Republicans?

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:48am

The Supreme Court's recent decisions are forcing Republicans to reconsider their strategy on these issues. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with correspondent Mara Liasson about how the party is regrouping.

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One-Third Of Congressional Districts Could Be Affected By Supreme Court Ruling

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:03am

A Supreme Court ruling expected Monday could dramatically remake the partisan makeup of the next Congress ahead of the 2016 elections.

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How Well Do Hate Crime Laws Really Work?

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 6:03am

Proponents of hate crime laws say tough punishments modify behavior and show society's intolerance of hate. But trying to measure the deterrent effect of hate crime laws is difficult.

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Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 4:03am

"It's not a log cabin like Abe Lincoln, but he grew up in a mobile home, which is South Carolina's equivalent of it," said one of Sen. Lindsey Graham's former classmates.

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