Michigan’s ban on affirmative action upheld

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of racial preferences in university admissions, a decision that might encourage other states to adopt similar prohibitions.

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In the Loop: At White House, bunny’s identity is top secret

In the Loop: At White House, bunny’s identity is top secret

At White House Easter Egg roll, the name of person in bunny costume remains fuzzy.

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.

Justices question law that criminalizes false speech

Justices question law that criminalizes false speech

The measure, which affects political candidates, raises constitutional doubts.

Michigan’s ban on affirmative action upheld

Michigan’s ban on affirmative action upheld

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of racial preferences in university admissions, a decision that might encourage other states to adopt similar prohibitions.

Federal courthouse violence rare but not unfamiliar

Federal courthouse violence rare but not unfamiliar

Shooting in Utah took place in a new facility that authorities hope will help ease tense courthouse situations.

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IRS budget cuts mean lower tax collections, poor service

IRS budget cuts mean lower tax collections, poor service

The cuts have led to fewer employees, less training, bad service and a drop in revenue.

Chuck Hagel met a life-sized robot today. ‘Terminator,’ anyone?

Chuck Hagel met a life-sized robot today. ‘Terminator,’ anyone?

Has NO ONE seen “Terminator“?

IG: Agency didn’t report polygraph admissions of child molestations

IG: Agency didn’t report polygraph admissions of child molestations

National Reconnaissance Office employees and contractors made the admissions during screenings for security clearance, according to an inspector general.

Sotomayor: You can’t ‘wish away’ racial inequality

Sotomayor: You can’t ‘wish away’ racial inequality

Sotomayor’s impassioned dissent in affirmative action case draws a tart response from the chief justice.

Jed Bartlet joins public debate over sentencing reform

Jed Bartlet joins public debate over sentencing reform

Played by Martin Sheen, “West Wing” character says the country’s goal should be to have a “justice system that avoids unnecessary incarceration and irresponsible spending.“

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Indians on horseback protest Keystone pipeline

Indians on horseback protest Keystone pipeline

In Washington on Tuesday, Native Americans from several western states joined with cowboys from Nebraska, Texas and South Dakota to protest the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

College’s use of book, play draws ire of S.C. lawmakers

College’s use of book, play draws ire of S.C. lawmakers

Republicans say “Fun Home,” which features a woman and her gay father, does not reflect state’s conservatism.

Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse.

Republicans have a major demographic problem. And it’s only going to get worse.

2016 will be a tough election for the GOP to win. 2024 might be impossible.

Tea party attacks Boehner at home

Tea party attacks Boehner at home

A national group has poured funds into ads and billboards to persuade voters to drop the House speaker.

Gov. Rick Perry challenges Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate

Gov. Rick Perry challenges Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate

The Texas governor continues his assault on other states to lure businesses away.

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​Could Sen. Warren be the next Obama?

​Could Sen. Warren be the next Obama?

With the release of her memoir, political insiders are wondering, will Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) run for president? If she does, Warren poses the biggest threat to expect​ed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

House members have ‘serious concerns’ about charity rules

House members have ‘serious concerns’ about charity rules

A bipartisan group of House members has “substantial concerns” about new Obama administration rules for the Combined Federal Campaign.

Homeland Security considers new limits on deportations

Homeland Security considers new limits on deportations

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This legislator really, really likes guns

This legislator really, really likes guns

Alabama state Rep. Steve Hurst brings his gun, and his barbecue, with him wherever he travels.

Ticket splitting reached a 92 year low in 2012

Ticket splitting reached a 92 year low in 2012

Just 5% of congressional districts are ticket splitters.

Moniz and McCarthy to throw first (and second?) pitch at Red Sox game

Moniz and McCarthy to throw first (and second?) pitch at Red Sox game

In honor of Earth Day, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will throw the first pitch(es) at Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game.

Michelle Obama goes ‘Nashville’ — no twang needed

Michelle Obama goes ‘Nashville’ — no twang needed

An African American first lady takes her message for military families South to a country music audience, which isn’t as strange as it seems.

Dems ask 15 cities to bid for 2016 convention

Dems ask 15 cities to bid for 2016 convention

The party says a city’s ties to big labor will be a factor in their decision.

Actually, sometimes terrorism does work

Actually, sometimes terrorism does work

The popular adage that governments “do not negotiate with terrorists” appears to be untrue, at least in civil war.

Andrew Cuomo has big problems with liberals

Andrew Cuomo has big problems with liberals

A new poll shows liberals are hardly thrilled with the New York governor -- and they would actually vote against him too.

Why no one knows where the White House food comes from

Why no one knows where the White House food comes from

And 9 other food fun facts about 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. Just ask (and ask and ask ) her.

Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. Just ask (and ask and ask ) her.

We’re keeping tabs of all of her on-camera denials.

The strange political bedfellows of the pot debate

The strange political bedfellows of the pot debate

In which Rand Paul and Cory Booker agree.

This Democrat L-O-V-E-S Obamacare and wants the world to know it

This Democrat L-O-V-E-S Obamacare and wants the world to know it

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) doubles down on the health-care law.

If you fall on hard times, these are the states that will catch you

If you fall on hard times, these are the states that will catch you

A new analysis shows many of the states that provide the most benefits to the poor are in the Northeast.

15 years of gun control ads

15 years of gun control ads

15 years after the mass shooting in Colorado, gun control groups are still searching for ways to reach voters and policy makers.

Adam Smith is not the antidote to Thomas Piketty

Adam Smith is not the antidote to Thomas Piketty

Those who cite Smith as providing a justification for inequality are missing the bigger point: that steep inequality was never meant to arise in his system.

Why Georgia’s unorthodox super PAC arms race is good for David Perdue

Why Georgia’s unorthodox super PAC arms race is good for David Perdue

The usual suspects have been conspicuously absent from the air war.

Who wore the bunny suit? That’s classified.

Who wore the bunny suit? That’s classified.

Was a senior Obama staffer in the Easter bunny costume on Monday? We may never know.

Want to see Brian Williams rap ‘Gin and Juice’? Of course you do. (VIDEO)

Want to see Brian Williams rap ‘Gin and Juice’? Of course you do. (VIDEO)

“With my mind on my money and my money on my mind.“

Does the confidence gap explain the gender pay gap?

Does the confidence gap explain the gender pay gap?

Journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman say that women are holding themselves back by being perfectionists

N.J. elite ‘walk’ to Washington, Christie to meet them there

N.J. elite ‘walk’ to Washington, Christie to meet them there

Gov. Chris Christie heads to Washington Tuesday to mix and mingle with New Jersey movers and shakers.

Minimum wage and pot are now expected to be on Alaska’s November ballot

Minimum wage and pot are now expected to be on Alaska’s November ballot

The shift from the August ballot could mean higher turnout on the same day as one of the nation’s highest-profile Senate races.