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President Obama Delivers Remarks on Nonprofit Programs

SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA [*] OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Thank you. Please, everybody has a seat. Thank you very much. Well, it is wonderful to see all these do-gooders in one room. (LAUGHTER) And it is always a dangerous thing trying to follow Geoffrey Canada.

The Fix: Sanford Admits To More Contact With Mistress

Updated, 3:05 p.m. ET: Sanford's very candid interview with the AP has the potential to derail what looked to be the increasing likelihood that he would hold on to his job.

U.S. withdraws from Iraqi cities; Cheney fumes

Amid fireworks and celebrations, American troops today withdrew from Iraqi cities as part of an agreement timetable that is schduled to have troops out of that embattled country by the end of 2011.

The celebration over the withdrawal of troops was not shared by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who predicted dire consequences as a result of the withdrawal.

When the invasion of Iraq began in 2003, Cheney predicted American troops would be greeted as liberators. That never happened.

But most of Iraq is cheering now.

Judges move to reign in Obama’s abuse of power

We've been here before: A President believes the so-called "war of terror" gives him the right to do whatever he wants, even if it means ignoring the Constitution, without any checks and balances on his abuse of power.

Then the courts step in and say "wait a minute, Mr. President. Even you are not above the law."

It took a while for the courts to crack down on President George W. Bush's frequent -- and excessive -- abuses of power.

Discrimination ruling leaves many questions

The Supreme Court ruling in favor of white New Haven firefighters who said they were victims of reverse discrimination will probably leave employers confused, civil rights advocates and labor attorneys say.

The court ruled 5-4 Monday that the white firefighters were denied promotions unfairly because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as a federal appeals court judge.

Sotomayor critics cheer court ruling

Foes of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor celebrated the high court's reversal of her decision in a reverse discrimination case.

The 5-4 ruling Monday, backing of reverse discrimination claims by white firefighters, is unlikely to derail Sotomayor's nomination — and it may not even sway a vote. Reaction to the decision fell almost purely along partisan lines, with Republicans cheering the decision and saying it raises serious concerns about the judge, and Democrats condemning the opinion and arguing that Sotomayor had acted appropriately.

Voices of Power: Proposed Union Plans Â?Level the Playing Field,’ Solis Says

After a lifetime in politics, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis has honed the fine art of dodging controversial questions, but here's one issue where she doesn't pull her punches: the 9.4 percent unemployment rate. The June figures will be released Thursday, and she's braced for more bad news.


House Panel Suggests Extending Intelligence Oversight

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has approved legislation intended to strengthen congressional oversight of sensitive intelligence matters, including covert operations.

Supreme Court to Review Restrictions on Corporate Spending in Federal Elections

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will consider whether to uphold a ban on corporate spending in federal elections, a move that campaign finance experts said could have a dramatic effect on the 2010 and 2012 federal elections.