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Court Asks How to Measure Diversity in College Admissions Case

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked a five-word question early in oral arguments Wednesday that summed up the quandary facing the Supreme Court in a major test of affirmative action in university admissions.

Mikulski: 'Poison Pill' Riders, Taxes Drag Down Omnibus Talks

The top Senate Democratic appropriator said Tuesday more than three dozen policy riders and a package of tax extenders continue to trip up omnibus negotiations that could stretch into the weekend.

Supreme Court Mulls One-Person, One-Vote Redistricting Case

The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday over whether states should change the way they redraw state and local legislative districts and whether requiring the change is practical. 

House Democrats Want House to Lose in Health Care Lawsuit

A group of 11 House Democrats on Tuesday urged a federal district court to rule in favor of the Obama administration in a lawsuit over the 2010 health care overhaul and the appropriations process.

High Court Ensures Quick Legal Path in Redistricting Challenges

Lawsuits that challenge congressional redistricting plans must be allowed to follow a streamlined legal path that more quickly reaches the Supreme Court, the justices ruled Tuesday.

New Yorkers Look to Avoid More 9/11 'Collateral Damage'

“I wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Rep. Peter T. King said, worrying that Congress is turning its back on 9/11 first responders. The Long Island Republicans added his biggest fear is that those exposed to Ground Zero’s horrors will be “collateral damage” because the expired Zadroga Act that funds their health care needs won’t find a way onto any of the year-end tax or spending bills.

Court Won't Hear Case On Town's Assault Weapons Ban

A divided Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case on the constitutionality of an Illinois town’s ban on some firearms and ammunition magazines, amid growing debate over the need for gun control in the wake of mass shootings in the country.

Changes to Gun Laws Appear to Be Beyond Obama's Reach

Despite his pleas that changes could help prevent mass shootings like the one that killed 14 on Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif., President Barack Obama seems resigned that he’s mostly powerless to overhaul the country’s gun laws.

Bitterness Lingers as Omnibus Talks Stumble Over Policy Riders

Senior appropriators attempted to pick up the pieces Thursday after a messy 36 hours laid bare just how far apart the parties remain on the fiscal 2016 omnibus.

Fate of FCC's Net Neutrality in Federal Court

A federal court will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit that challenges the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules. It is a high-stakes case that is likely to touch on free speech and is expected to affect how the Internet works in the future.

As San Bernardino Shooting Unfolds, Reid Pushes Guns Measure (Updated)

Updated 10:29 a.m. | Following Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the Democrats will call for “a few” votes on gun-related amendments to the budget reconciliation bill during Thursday’s session.

Democrats Call for Abolition of Planned Parenthood Panel

House Democrats appointed to serve on select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood called Tuesday for an end to the panel, arguing that Republican rhetoric incited anger toward the group that led to the Nov. 27 shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

Senate GOP Not Deterred on Planned Parenthood, Obamacare

It’s all systems go for the Senate GOP’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood and upend the Affordable Care Act.

McCarthy Won't Speculate on Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

In the wake of last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, one GOP leader faced questions about whether congressional Republicans will continue their push to defund the organization.

Shooting Won't Affect Planned Parenthood Defunding Effort

There’s no reason to expect last week’s shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility will alter the Senate’s effort to block funding to the organization this week.

Congress Has a List of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very last minute to get things done.

White House Asks High Court to Hear Immigration Case This Term

Government attorneys late Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to decide the case over President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions by the end of this term in June.

US to Argue in Affirmative Action Case at Supreme Court

The United States will argue before the Supreme Court this term in support of a Texas university’s affirmative action admissions process and Arizona’s redistricting plan.

Marco Rubio Reprises Obamacare Line of Attack

Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican vying for position in the crowded GOP presidential field, is reiterating his opposition to an insurance-company friendly part of the Affordable Care Act and hoping congressional leaders follow along.

Texas Seeks Delay in Immigration Case at Supreme Court

Texas asked the Supreme Court on Monday for a scheduling change that could determine whether the Obama administration gets a chance to implement executive actions that would affect millions of undocumented immigrants.

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