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Move to clear civil rights arrest records after half-century

Move to clear civil rights arrest records after half-century

Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day…

Deficit down, health insurance up for Obama

Deficit down, health insurance up for Obama

Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday. The Congressional…

Appeals court considers Marshals shooting case

Appeals court considers Marshals shooting case

An appeals court is deciding whether deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a teenage driver eight years ago may be sued in federal court, a case that’s unfolding amid…

India gets religious, gender equality hints from Obama

India gets religious, gender equality hints from Obama

President Barack Obama gently nudged India Tuesday to fulfill its constitution’s pledge to uphold the “dignity of the individual,” drawing on his own experience as a minority in the United…

Sexual abuse at the hands of a Boy Scout leader

Sexual abuse at the hands of a Boy Scout leader

A California man suing the Boy Scouts of America over sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a volunteer Scout leader was so scarred by the incident that he once…

Feds don’t protect children, say advocacy groups

The federal government’s failure to enforce the nation’s child protection laws is a “national disgrace” that leaves abused children vulnerable to future harm, according to a three-year study by two…

Republicans pressure states for more anti-gay actions

Republicans pressure states for more anti-gay actions

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia,…

Obama feels honored in India

Obama feels honored in India

President Barack Obama was so honored to be invited to India’s Republic Day celebration that he showed it. After arriving at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the presidential palace, for an elaborate welcome…

Obama uses his veto club to roil Congress

Obama uses his veto club to roil Congress

President Barack Obama has a telling hit list. The veto threats that he’s issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics, representing the roiling issues of…

Can the GOP find a way to actually govern?

Can the GOP find a way to actually govern?

The most conservative lawmakers in the House Republican majority have gotten their way a lot in recent years. That may be starting to change. A group of more pragmatic lawmakers…