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State gay marriage bans falling like dominoes

State gay marriage bans falling like dominoes

Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah’s two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Since then, in an unbroken string of […]

Can private hospitals take pressure off VA?

Can private hospitals take pressure off VA?

The Obama administration’s decision to allow more veterans to get care at private hospitals could take some pressure off backlogged Veterans Affairs facilities struggling to cope with new patients from the wars on terrorism as well as old soldiers from prior conflicts. Agreeing to recommendations from lawmakers, the administration said Saturday it will allow more […]

Castro leaves Texas for a more promising future

Castro leaves Texas for a more promising future

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was long viewed as biding his time: waiting out shifting demographics in Texas until 2018, when a Hispanic Democrat with a national profile could be a formidable contender for governor. Instead, the 39-year-old rising political star has accepted President Barack Obama’s offer to become the nation’s housing secretary. Aside from […]

Most Americans still unimpressed with Obamacare

Most Americans still unimpressed with Obamacare

President Barack Obama celebrated when sign-ups for his health care law topped 8 million, far exceeding expectations after a slipshod launch. Most Americans, however, remain unimpressed. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion continues to run deeply negative on the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature effort to cover the uninsured. Forty-three percent oppose […]

Obama taps Castro as new housing secretary

Obama taps Castro as new housing secretary

In a second-term Cabinet reshuffle, President Barack Obama tapped San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on Friday to be the nation’s next housing secretary, giving a prominent national platform to one of the Democratic Party’s most celebrated up-and-comers. Joined by Castro and Vice President Joe Biden, Obama also announced he was nominating current Housing and Urban […]