Michigan’s ban on affirmative action is upheld

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The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Michigan’s ban on the use of racial preferences in university admissions may encourage other states to adopt similar prohibitions.

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A 19th-century shipwreck near the Golden Gate Bridge was just discovered (again)

The Chester went down near San Francisco in 1888, and a survey team has confirmed they have definitely found it this time.

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Fairfax school board approves options for later bell times

The push for later high school start times moves forward with the Fairfax school board approving four options.

New online job-searching tool helps veterans connect with employers

New online job-searching tool helps veterans connect with employers

The site allows users to create and upload r sum s and find job openings, in addition to recommending occupations that match their military training.

What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

What opponents describe as the nation’s “most extreme” pro-gun law greatly expands where Georgians can carry guns. But it also does much more.

Teen stowaway prompts congressman to seek airport security perimeter review

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) seeks GAO review of airport security perimeter after teen stowaway in jet wheel well.

Report: Gender balance still a token issue for many companies

Report: Gender balance still a token issue for many companies

A new study looks at how many companies are lagging behind on gender parity -- and names names.

U-Va. board approves 4.3 percent in-state price increase

The Board of Visitors, on a 12 to 3 vote, approves tuition and fees of nearly $13,000 for Virginia residents.

The rich are dominating campaigns. Here’s why that’s about to get worse.

The rich are dominating campaigns. Here’s why that’s about to get worse.

The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision stands to make campaign donations even more unequal.

Is 2014 the year self-funders strike back? Maybe.

Is 2014 the year self-funders strike back? Maybe.

Self-funders didn’t do well in 2012. But they may be able to turn things around this year.

This ad might be the GOP’s best response to the ‘war on women’

Female candidates are engaging with the “war on women” rhetoric, perhaps none better than Terri Lynn Land in Michigan, who is running for an open Senate seat.

Unions plan protests against Postal Service’s Staples deal

Unions plan protests against Postal Service’s Staples deal

The USPS claims the deal will boost business and provide greater convenience, but the unions call it a move toward privatization that will hurt service quality.

Montgomery report on longer school day due in June

Task force asks: What could be done with 30 more minutes in the elementary school day?

Poll: Most Virginians concerned about impact of SOL tests

Nearly seven out of10 Virginians say that increased testing hurts student performance or makes no difference

A rare wolf named for Sec. Jewell and Stephen Colbert

A rare wolf named for Sec. Jewell and Stephen Colbert

A national wildlife refuge named a rare red wolf after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell after she visited the site back in December.

Loudoun’s small community schools saved, for now

The school board rejected their closure, and also decided to save bus service to Thomas Jefferson High.

Prince George’s holds college and career readiness session

Schools CEO Maxwell says that lowering the county’s dropout rate is a top concern.

Supreme Court limits damages to victims of child porn

Supreme Court limits damages to victims of child porn

The court threw out a $3.4 million award to a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet.

The rocky relationship between Russia and the European Court of Human Rights

The rocky relationship between Russia and the European Court of Human Rights

Russia may withdraw from Europe’s human rights court. Here’s why that matters.

The 4 big takeaways from the NYT/Kaiser Senate polls

The 4 big takeaways from the NYT/Kaiser Senate polls

Republicans are crying foul over the poll’s sampling, but it’s hardly all bad for the GOP.

There are just 4 unchallenged state gay marriage bans. Soon, there will be 3.

There are just 4 unchallenged state gay marriage bans. Soon, there will be 3.

Georgia’s ban was challenged this week, and South Dakota’s could be next.

The crime victim’s reaction to today’s Supreme Court decision

Amy, the victim in today’s Supreme Court case, gives her reaction to the Court’s split-the-difference ruling.

Tom Steyer suggests $100 million might not be enough in 2014

Tom Steyer suggests $100 million might not be enough in 2014

The billionaire climate activist won’t commit to a specific dollar figure.

The test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does

The test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does

An open letter to the president: ‘You don’t get a parent’s-eye view of the annual high-stakes tests taken by most of America’s children.’ So here it is.

On freedom of speech, social tolerance, and opposition to gay marriage

My take on the ouster of Mozilla executive Branden Eich for opposing same-sex marriage, and the limits of social tolerance.

Another 5-4 decision, but not another left-right split

An unusual line-up in a crime victim restitution case.

The Supreme Court reverses the Sixth Circuit in yet another habeas case

Once again, a majority of the Supreme Court finds that the Sixth Circuit was too quick to grant habeas relief.

Why almost everyone hates the trade deal Obama’s negotiating in Japan

Why almost everyone hates the trade deal Obama’s negotiating in Japan

Free trade agreements are complicated. Let’s try to figure out what this new one in Asia is all about.

How the Supreme Court’s Michigan ruling affects colleges

How the Supreme Court’s Michigan ruling affects colleges

Here’s a look at how Supreme Court decisions on race and admissions are rippling through higher education.

Justice Department outlines criteria for clemency

Effort to reduce prison population will focus on inmates with long sentences and no gang ties.

Get Aereo out of the Supreme Court

Get Aereo out of the Supreme Court

The justices are ill-suited to evaluate a new innovation. It’s time for Congress to weigh in.

Live online chat at 1 p.m. today

Here’s where to send in questions, comments, jokes or whatever.

Stephen Colbert gets to know California’s 29th district (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert gets to know California’s 29th district (VIDEO)

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) sat down with the Comedy Central host.

Video: Jon Stewart satirizes Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the heart of a standoff with feds

Video: Jon Stewart satirizes Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the heart of a standoff with feds

“It is your standard boy has cow, boy breaks law for 20 years, boy loses cow story,” Stewart said.

What you should know about Malawi’s upcoming elections

What you should know about Malawi’s upcoming elections

There’s a major corruption scandal, no clear presidential front-runner, and the first local-level elections in 14 years.

What would you change about the Internet?

What would you change about the Internet?

AOL co-founder Steve Case offers his answer.

President Obama visits town devastated by deadly mudslide

President Obama visits town devastated by deadly mudslide

He says the nation will stand behind Oso, Wash., for “as long as it takes” to recover.

Map: How long it takes each state’s residents to earn enough to pay all taxes

Map: How long it takes each state’s residents to earn enough to pay all taxes

Louisianans passed that point on March 30. Residents of Connecticut and New Jersey have a few weeks to go.

Doubt the Big Bang? You’re not alone.

Doubt the Big Bang? You’re not alone.

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