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Mass. Pioneer In Same-Sex Marriage Fight: Supreme Court Ruling ‘Very Exciting’

June 26, 2015
Hillary, right, and Julie Goodridge, left, lead plaintiffs in the Massachusetts gay marriage lawsuit, raise their right hands and affirm that everything on their marriage license is correct while at Boston City Hall in Boston in this Monday May 17, 2004 photo. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Julie Goodridge and her ex-wife were plaintiffs in the case that gave same-sex couples the right to marry in Massachusetts in 2003.

Supreme Court Extends Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

June 26, 2015
Carlos McKnight of Washington, waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The court’s 5-4 ruling means 14 states will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Vaccines For School Entry

June 25, 2015
Christy Pritchard carries her son, Zachary, 3, as she waits to appear before the Assembly Health Committee to voice her opposition to a measure mandating that schoolchildren be vaccinated at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

The bill would get rid of the personal belief exemption, and require all children – except for those with medical wavers – to be vaccinated.

Where Does Congress Stand On Trade?

June 25, 2015
Members of Congress leave after a series of votes effecting the fast tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Capitol Hill June 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives voted down a bill that will could effect the fast tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Today Congress is wrapping up votes that will determine the road ahead for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

June 25, 2015
Fourth grade teacher Christy Goff looks over textbooks as she prepares her classroom for the first day of school at Caprock Elementary School in the Keller Independent School District in Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 17, 2011. (LM Otero/AP)

The books contain information challenged by academics, that critics say is making education far too political.

Supreme Court Upholds Health Law Subsidies, Rules In Favor of Fair Housing Advocates

June 25, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is shown June 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Legal scholar Emily Bazelon discusses the two major decisions today from the country’s highest court.

President Obama’s Final Push To Close Guantanamo

June 25, 2015
A U.S. trooper stands in the turret of a vehicle with a machine gun, left, as a guard looks out from a tower, in this 2010 photo of Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Questions remain about what happens when the prison is shut down. Where will future U.S. detainees in the so-called war on terror go?

Supreme Court Upholds Key Tool For Fighting Housing Bias

June 25, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., November 6, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit practices that harm minorities, even without proof of intentional discrimination.

Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

June 25, 2015
The flag flies in the wind in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 22, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

The 6-3 ruling said the subsidies do not depend on where people live. It preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

What Is The Supreme Court Doing Behind The Scenes?

June 24, 2015
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court pose for an official photo. (U.S. Supreme Court)

The justices are scheduled to rule on two landmark cases in the next few days – same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.

CEO Activism And The Corporate Battle Against The Confederate Flag

June 24, 2015
The South Carolina and American flags fly at half-staff behind the Confederate flag, in front of the State House in Columbia, South Carolina on June 19, 2015. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

Wal-Mart, eBay, Amazon and others have promised to pull merchandise tied to the flag.

Houston’s Mayor On Race, Roads And Gay Rights

June 24, 2015
Houston Mayor Annise Parker participates in the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Cliff Owen/AP)

Jeremy Hobson sits down with Annise Parker, the city’s second female mayor and first openly gay mayor.

White House Won’t Prosecute Hostages’ Families For Paying Ransom

June 24, 2015
American freelance journalist James Foley is pictured in November 2012 while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. (Nicole Tung/freejamesfoley.org via AP)

President Obama says the U.S. will no longer threaten families with prosecution if they pay ransom to terrorist groups.

Deadline Looms For Iranian Nuclear Deal

June 24, 2015
In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Supreme Leader on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses Iranian top officials in a mosque at his residence in Tehran, Iran. Iran's top leader has hardened his stance in nuclear negotiations with world powers as a deadline for a final deal rapidly approach, saying he rejects a long-term freeze on nuclear research and wants to ban international inspectors from accessing military sites. The comments by Khamenei, who repeatedly has backed the Islamic Republic's negotiators amid criticism from hard-liners, may give his diplomats little room for concessions ahead of the June 30 deadline. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran continues to take a hard line against some of the key U.S. demands for a deal, ahead of a June 30 deadline.

What Will It Take To Prevent Future Russian Aggression?

June 23, 2015
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg adjusts his spectacles during a debate of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee and its Subcommittee on Security and Defence, in Brussels on March 30, 2015. (John Thys/Getty Images)

Russia’s aggression in Crimea and Ukraine and recent saber rattling in the Baltics have many concerned about another Cold War.

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