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3:29 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Comments On Mexican Immigrants

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 5:32 pm

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The Two-Way
3:21 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:28 pm

The Supreme Court has placed a stay on a lower court's ruling that upheld new abortion standards in Texas, to give opponents of a controversial 2013 law time to take their case to the nation's highest court.

The stay is temporary: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and the law will take effect. If the justices agree to hear the case, the stay would remain in effect until a ruling is issued.

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

NBCUniversal announced that it is cutting ties with Donald Trump after comments he made about immigrants.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:56 pm

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants. Trump's controversial remarks came as he was announcing his bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

NBC said in a statement that:

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:12 pm

U.S. states' efforts to counter extreme gerrymandering won a victory Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bipartisan Arizona panel that draws the state's districts. The court's vote was 5-4; Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which her citations included James Madison writing in The Federalist Papers.

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It's All Politics
4:04 am
Mon June 29, 2015

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

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says the Supreme Court overstepped its bounds on same-sex marriage and health care.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:40 am

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential hopeful doubled down on his belief that the court had overstepped its bounds in both the marriage decision and in upholding Obamacare. And as a result, Cruz said, the justices should be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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Shots - Health News
1:25 pm
Sun June 28, 2015

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

Melissa Mathis holds a container of freeze-dried placenta capsules.
Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:19 am

After giving birth, some women save the placenta in order to consume it in the following weeks. In fact, Texas just passed a law giving women the right to take the placenta home from the hospital, the third state to do so.

Science doesn't support a lot of the claims of its purported benefits. But for Melissa Mathis, it's about her rights. Last year she had her baby, Betsy, in a Dallas hospital. When Mathis took Betsy home, she wanted to take the placenta home, too.

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It's All Politics
8:08 am
Sun June 28, 2015

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:07 pm

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Politics
6:51 am
Sun June 28, 2015

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

Originally published on Sun June 28, 2015 10:19 am

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sun June 28, 2015

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

As a staff member takes down the Arizona redistricting map, Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chair Colleen Mathis gets a hug from Frank Bergen, a Pima County Democrat, at a 2012 meeting.
Ross D. Franklin AP

On the final day of the Supreme Court's term on Monday, they will issue a ruling that could affect as many as one-third of congressional districts — possibly dramatically remaking the partisan makeup of the next Congress ahead of the 2016 elections.

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sun June 28, 2015

How Well Do Hate Crime Laws Really Work?

Flowers line the sidewalk in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:14 pm

Federal officials are investigating last week's Charleston, S.C. church shooting as a hate crime, and the U.S. Justice Department could weigh in in the coming weeks with a federal hate crimes charge.

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It's All Politics
4:10 am
Sun June 28, 2015

Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. announces his candidacy for president in Central, S.C. on June 1.
Jessica McGowan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 3:08 pm

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places that presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

Greg Demetri hit the jackpot. When he picked the location for Villa Toscana, his nearly one-year-old Italian restaurant on the main stretch of businesses in Central, S.C., he had no idea that the building had once been owned by the town's most famous resident, Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Shots - Health News
4:08 pm
Sat June 27, 2015

In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

Parents rally against SB 277, a California measure requiring schoolchildren to get vaccinated, outside the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 8:47 am

California is on the brink of passing a law that would require nearly all children to be vaccinated in order to attend school. The bill has cleared most major hurdles, but public health officials have grappled with a strong, vocal opposition along the way.

There's actually a long history to the anti-vaccination movement.

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Politics
7:11 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Ground Shifts As Politicians Try To Stake Out Positions On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 12:39 pm

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Sat June 27, 2015

Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

Grace sits before a "Welcome Friends" sign in her home.
Courtesy of American Revolutionary

Originally published on Sat June 27, 2015 9:47 pm

Grace Lee Boggs, who has spent much of her life advocating for civil rights and labor rights, became such a noted figure in Detroit's Black Power movement that people assumed she must be partially black. In some of her FBI files, Boggs, who is Chinese-American, was described as "probably Afro Chinese."

(We'll let that sit with you for a moment.)

And that's not the only assumption she's defied. For almost a century — she turned 100 Saturday — she's challenged how people think about their own activism.

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Politics & Government
5:53 am
Sat June 27, 2015

State Appeals Victoryland Decision

The state is taking the first step to challenge a judge's order against the shutdown of the VictoryLand casino in Macon County. The Attorney General's office filed a notice of appeal in the case on Friday. The state will fight a ruling by Circuit Judge William Shashy. The judge ruled earlier this week that the state was wrongly targeting VictoryLand while letting other gambling halls stay open in the state. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep almost two thousand machines and more than quarter million dollars seized in a raid two years ago. VictoryLand has been closed since then.

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