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In Colo., An Effort To Ease Court Confusion Over Same-Sex Marriage

The Colorado attorney general has asked the state's Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages.

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After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets

The airline industry and its unions support the bill, which would allow them to list ticket prices without taxes and fees. Consumer groups say that will lead to deceptive marketing.

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A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

The slice of retail aimed at America's most budget-conscious consumers is consolidating. Dollar Tree is buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, a deal encouraged by activist investors Carl Icahn and Nelson Peltz. The new company will have 13,000 stores, making it a more formidable competitor — in size, at least — to Wal-Mart.

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An Uneasy End To Ramadan In Gaza, Where Fighting Intensifies Once More

NPR's Emily Harris reports on the Muslim holiday of Eid in Gaza, where one where one family traces the course of three weeks of war in broken bread, temporary shelters and mourning for their dead.

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Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews

A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.

Taliban In Pakistan Derails World Polio Eradication

The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.

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Teacher Tenure Challenge Spreads From California To New York

A New York state lawsuit follows the Vergara ruling in California, challenging state teacher tenure policies. Who's next?

Medicare Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed

Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.

Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban

A lower court's ruling that threw out a Virginia law has been upheld by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision could have an impact on similar bans throughout the Southeast.

A View From The Climate Changed Future

July 29, 2014
This April 28, 2010 file photo, shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. Colstrip figures to be a target in recently released draft rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that call for reducing Montana emissions 21 percent from recent levels by 2030. (AP)

A new sci-fi history looks back on climate change from the year 2393.

The Cost Of Our 'Do-Nothing' Congress

July 29, 2014
The U.S. Senate is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP)

The “Do-Nothing” Congress just days before August recess. We’ll look at the causes and costs to the country of D.C. paralysis.

Tensions High As Patrick Offers Temporary Housing To Unaccompanied Minors

July 28, 2014
A young boy is is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Gov. Deval Patrick has offered temporary housing to approximately 1,000 Central American unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve recently crossed the border and are currently in federal custody.

Is Social Security In Trouble Again?

July 28, 2014

Federal projections show trouble ahead for the Social Security fund, but Erig Kingson argues there should be no cutting of benefits.

Congress Not Expected To Accomplish Much Before Recess

July 28, 2014
View of the U.S. Capitol from the street in Washington, D.C. (Zoe Rudisill/Flickr)

Lawmakers still have immigration and the Highway Trust Fund on their plate, with no expected resolution before their August recess.

Should California Be Broken Up Into 6 States?

July 28, 2014
The "Six Californias" campaign is aimed at dividing up the state of California into six separate states. (Click to enlarge. Source: sixcalifornias.com)

Billionaire investor Timothy Draper makes the case for his “Six Californias” campaign, which could be on a state ballot in 2016.

The Battle Over U.S. Corporate Tax Inversion

July 28, 2014
This June 4, 2014 photo shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreen Co. _ which bills itself as “America’s premier pharmacy” _ is among many companies considering combining operations with foreign businesses to trim their tax bills. (AP)

American companies bailing out on America. They call it inversion. Is it desertion?

Dear Gordon College, You Do Not Speak For Me

July 28, 2014
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald: "Will this hit to the college’s reputation be a red flag to future employers who do not want to hire religious ideologues?" Pictured: The Clarendon Street Baptist Church Bell Pavilion, Gordon College,
Wenham, Mass. (ethomsen/Flickr)

Will this hit to the college’s reputation be a red flag to future employers who do not want to hire religious ideologues?

Week In Review: Market Basket Protests, Federal Convictions, Anger Over Immigration Plan

July 25, 2014
Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, stand with employees in a show of support for Arthur T. Demoulas, the former chief executive of the supermarket chain, in Haverhill on Thursday. (AP)

Our news roundtable goes behind the week’s headlines.

NYC Approves Building With Separate Entrance For Lower Income Residents

July 25, 2014
This rendering shows the Extell Development Company's Riverside South project (center), amid Upper West Side skyline in New York City. (extelldev.com)

Riverside South will not be the first building in the city with separate entrances, but the decision has sparked outrage.

Crisis On The Border Comes To The White House

July 25, 2014

President Obama meets today with leaders from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to discuss the immigration issue.

News Roundtable: From Immigration To Israel/Gaza Crisis

July 25, 2014
A U.S. Border Patrol agent prepares to take an unaccompanied Salvadorian minor, 13, to a processing center after he crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and immigrant families have crossed illegally into the United States this year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Bloomberg News’ Margaret Talev and the BBC’s Paul Danahar join us for a look at this week’s key news stories.

Week In The News: Kerry To Israel, Mixed Messages On Obamacare, MH 17 Investigation

July 25, 2014
Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Secretary of State Kerry to Israel. Obamacare back in the courts. Mourning as remains of Malaysia Flight 17 victims come home. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

800 Young Immigrants Have Arrived In Mass. Since January

July 25, 2014

While residents debate Gov. Patrick’s proposal to offer temporary shelter to as many as 1,000 young immigrants, nearly as many have been placed with relatives here since January.

Israel Under Siege

July 25, 2014
Barry Shrage: "No nation anywhere can be expected to tolerate assaults on its citizens, and Israel has every right to defend itself vigorously and decisively." Yerechmiel Steinberg looks at the damages of his home after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern town of Sderot, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Israeli military carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel early Thursday. The Israeli military said the air force struck 15 "terror sites" in Gaza. "The targets included weapons manufacturing sites as well as training facilities," a military spokesman said. (Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

No nation anywhere can be expected to tolerate assaults on its citizens, and Israel has every right to defend itself vigorously and decisively.

history has shown that Hamas is an implacable enemy sworn to Israel’s destruction.

‘Mowing The Grass’ In Gaza: A War In The Mideast Every Four Years?

July 25, 2014
Jim Walsh: "A metaphor can be a dangerous thing. It can even kill." Pictured: Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade in the face of U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire. (Hatem Moussa/AP)

A metaphor can be a dangerous thing. It can even kill.

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