July 1, 2010 On the fourth day of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, get up-to-the-minute analysis.
July 1, 2010 With little hope of action on Capitol Hill, some might question why the president chose Thursday to give a policy address on the topic. There are several possible reasons, from fulfilling campaign promises to just trying to jump-start debate on the issue.
July 1, 2010 In a speech at American University on Thursday, President Obama renewed his call for a comprehensive immigration overhaul. That means a bill that would include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
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The flag-draped coffin carrying Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) is carried by a U.S. military honor guard through the U.S. Capitol earlier today.
July 1, 2010 As Senator Robert Byrd lies in repose in the Senate chamber, a question: what is the difference between "lying in repose" and "lying in state"?
July 1, 2010 Just because Elena Kagan is white didn't stop Republicans from injecting race into her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Sherrilyn A. Ifill of The Root looks at the negative reactions to their Marshall bashing.
July 1, 2010 The Senate Judiciary Committee concluded a second day of questioning of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Wednesday. Committee Republicans continued asking her about her handling of military recruiters at Harvard Law School, and about her approach to judging. The committee will hear from more witnesses and is expected to vote in two weeks.
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July 1, 2010 President Obama on Wednesday traveled to Racine, Wis., where the unemployment rate is higher than the national average. He took questions from residents and gave them a preview of what is likely to be his 2010 campaign speech.
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July 1, 2010 The government has launched healthcare.gov -- a new one-stop service mandated by the health care law. The idea is to help people find and compare health insurance plans.
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July 1, 2010 The state has enacted new laws to toughen oversight on medical practitioners. The Bradley Bills are named for Dr. Earl Bradley, a pediatrician charged with sexually abusing more than 100 patients in a Delaware beach town. The new rules require that a chaperon be present during exams and that doctors be fingerprinted.
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Dermatologists hope the new tax will deter indoor tanning the same way tobacco taxes have helped cut down on smoking.
July 1, 2010 Indoor tanners must pay a 10 percent tax starting Thursday. Dermatologists hope this mandate will do for tanning beds what similar taxes have done for cigarettes -- encourage people to stop using them. But tanning salon owners say this is the last thing they need in a down economy.
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June 30, 2010 The Portland Oregonian is reporting that city police have decided to re-open an investigation into a charge by a massage therapist that Al Gore sexually assaulted her in 2006.
June 30, 2010 Senate support for the far-reaching bill remained in flux, however. The Senate was forced to delay its vote to mid-July, denying President Obama a victory before Independence Day. Democrats struggled to secure the votes of a handful of GOP senators even after meeting their demands and backing down on a $19 billion tax on big banks and hedge funds.
From left, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), during Wednesday's session.
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June 30, 2010 ANALYSIS: Other news has overshadowed the confirmation hearings, and a Democratic majority in the Senate has made the outcome seem almost predetermined.
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June 30, 2010 One reader would like to know why Gen. David Petraeus needed to be confirmed to his position as head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
June 30, 2010 Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan endured close to nine hours of questioning from senators on Tuesday. And Wednesday, she returned to the witness chair for more.
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