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"Mean Girls" Meets The Supreme Court Pt. II: SCOTUS Supports Student Free Speech

The Supreme Court sided with a student who was penalized after cussing out her school on Snapchat. Advocates of free speech are calling it a big win for students.

"Mean Girls" Meets The Supreme Court Pt. II: SCOTUS Supports Student Free Speech

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Democrats And Republicans Are In An Existential Crisis Over Ballot Access

Today Democrats' massive elections overhaul bill is all but set to stall out in the Senate, but the party's wish-list was never expected to gain Republican support. That's because the two parties are only getting further apart on how conduct free and fair elections.

Democrats And Republicans Are In An Existential Crisis Over Ballot Access

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The Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects NCAA Limits On Athlete Compensation

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with college athletes in their challenge to NCAA compensation rules. The court's ruling was narrow, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh seemed open to going further saying, "the NCAA's business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America."

The Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects NCAA Limits On Athlete Compensation

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Congressman Jamaal Bowman Says Biden "Falls Short" On Reparations For Tulsa Survivors

Democratic Congressman Jamaal Bowman is part of a new class of progressive lawmakers hoping to push their party left on issues like police reform, healthcare and racial justice. A proponent of reparations legislation, the former New York principal tells NPR that President Biden's position "falls short" when it comes to reparations for survivors and descendants of victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre.

Congressman Jamaal Bowman Says Biden "Falls Short" On Reparations For Tulsa Survivors

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Obamacare Wins At SCOTUS; Biden Admin Expands Transgender Student Protections

The Supreme Court threw out a Republican-led challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and the justices ruled unanimously in favor of a Catholic foster agency denying service to LGBTQ couples. Plus, the Biden administration expanded transgender and gay student protections, setting up potential legal battles in conservative states.

Obamacare Wins At SCOTUS; Biden Admin Expands Transgender Student Protections

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"I Did What I Came To Do": President Biden Meets With Russia's Vladimir Putin

In Geneva, President Biden and Russia President Vladimir Putin met for hours. At separate news conferences Putin described the talks as "constructive" and Biden said he did what he came to do. Both leaders agreed to keep talking.

"I Did What I Came To Do": President Biden Meets With Russia's Vladimir Putin

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Vice President Harris, Texas Lawmakers Meet To Push Voting Reform

Democrats on the Hill are meeting with Democratic state lawmakers from Texas to discuss federal legislation on voting rights, an issue that was recently added to the Vice President's list of priorities. But a couple of key moderate Democrats still stand in the way of nationwide reform.

Vice President Harris, Texas Lawmakers Meet To Push Voting Reform

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In First Trip Abroad, Biden Tells Allies "America Is Back"

In the first overseas trip of his presidency, Biden is in Europe delivering a central message to allies: America is back. But while G-7 leaders agree on confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, they diverge on how hard to push China. Plus, will Biden's meeting with Vladimir Putin pave the way for a more predictable relationship with Russia?

In First Trip Abroad, Biden Tells Allies "America Is Back"

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After Joe Manchin Blocks Dem Legislation, DOJ Doubles Voting Rights Staff

In a speech announcing the change, President Biden's Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized that allowing every eligible American adult the chance to vote was not something that is up for debate.

After Joe Manchin Blocks Dem Legislation, DOJ Doubles Voting Rights Staff

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What's Behind The GOP's 'Critical Race Theory' Rhetoric?

Some Republican lawmakers have branded the efforts to teach about the effects of racism as "critical race theory." They have introduced legislation in statehouses around the country hoping to ban it.

What's Behind The GOP's 'Critical Race Theory' Rhetoric?

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