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Supreme Court allows Texas to use controversial voter-ID law

(Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

The state can proceed, despite an appeals court finding that the law unfairly targets minorities. Attorney General Holder says the order is a “step backward.”


Gay marriage: Alaska, Arizona couples win fight

(The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn / Associated Press)

Gay couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states.


Gay marriage: North Carolina official resigns

(The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green / Associated Press)

A North Carolina official resigned Thursday rather than perform gay marriages, an individual stand that comes as fewer and fewer states are holding on to oppose same-sex unions.


Courts reject another Arizona immigration law

(J. Scott Applewhite, File / Associated Press)

Arizona’s authority to confront its illegal immigration woes was again reined in Wednesday when a federal appeals court threw out a 2006 voter-approved law denying bail to people in the country illegally who are charged with certain crimes.


Texas abortion clinics reopen after court reprieve

Texas abortion clinics that closed under tough new restrictions began reopening Wednesday after winning a reprieve at the U.S. Supreme Court, but the facilities were scheduling women with uncertainty and skeleton staffs.


Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:


50th anniversary of march to tackle today’s issues

The 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march is coming up amid increasing threats to voting rights, activists say, and they plan to use the commemoration to energize people to address those challenges.

Abortion returns to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court blocks enforcement of a Texas abortion law, at least for now, increasing the odds of a ruling on abortion rights within the next year.


Can dentists bar competition over teeth-whitening?

(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Teeth-bleaching isn’t brain surgery, although the Supreme Court seemed to find a link between the two in an antitrust case argued Tuesday.


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