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Texas becomes fifth state to preserve Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding

An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed making a decision in January and essentially bought Planned Parenthood an extra month in the state's Medicaid program.

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Republican and Democratic politicians channel grief into opioid reform

In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.

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Hundreds of San Jose residents rescued from rising floodwaters Tuesday

The rains were the latest produced by a series of storms generated by so-called atmospheric rivers that dump massive quantities of Pacific Ocean water on California after carrying it aloft from as far away as Hawaii.

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How Trump can end his intel wars

President Trump eased worries by picking H.R. McMaster to be national security adviser. But Mr. Trump's combative behavior remains a concern, experts say. 

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Study links same-sex marriage laws and decline in teen suicide attempts: What next?

As states passed marriage equality laws, the passage of these laws led to a 7 percent drop in teen suicide attempts, a new study finds. That figure climbed to 14 percent for LGB teens.

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Why the Supreme Court rejected a death penalty appeal

The US Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty plea of Thomas Arthur, an Alabama inmate who argued that his state's lethal injection procedures constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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How Trump is challenging the media to redefine its role

The response to Trump, who referred to the press as 'the enemy of the American people,' will affect the media's influence and how it is seen by the public. But already, subscription numbers are surging.

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As anti-Semitic threats increase, Trump (finally) speaks out (+video)

In the face of an attack on a Jewish cemetery and a wave of bomb threats, some have questioned how the White House has addressed anti-Semitism.

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Supreme Court to hear case on border shooting of Mexican national

As its first case under the new Trump administration, the US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case involving the shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican by a US border guard.

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L.A. has the world's worst traffic. How do we fix it? (+video)

Los Angeles tops a new list of over 1,000 traffic-congested cities, but solutions are en route. 

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On George Washington's birthday, thousands turn out for 'Not My President' Day

In more than 20 US cities, citizens took to the street to protest the first month of Donald Trump's presidency.

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H.R. McMaster: Did Trump make a good choice for national security adviser? (+video)

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster is a widely respected military strategist who served in both the Persian Gulf war and the second Iraq war.

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Milo Yiannopoulos invited to conservative summit, then disinvited

Until Monday, Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at this week's CPAC conference. The controversy reflects a larger debate about balancing free speech and the value of civility.   

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Travel ban rewrite: Should judges parse Trump motives as well as the text?

President Trump is expected to release a new executive order affecting people trying to enter the US from seven Muslim-majority nations. Some legal scholars say it's appropriate for judges to also consider statements Trump made before becoming president.

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In deep-red Utah, a GOP bill to study the wage gap

The bill's sponsor acknowledged that he isn’t likely to back new regulations. But he thinks that the numbers themselves could empower women.

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One month of Trump: What voters think – and why that matters

Approval of Trump is historically low for a new president. But the other side of the coin is that his own voters remain supportive. Given a GOP Congress, that's significant.

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Parks for the people: How the National Park Service is celebrating Presidents’ Day

The National Park Service's more than 400 parks are open to the public for free on Presidents' Day. It's an effort to showcase the best of the nation's preserved wilderness in the face of overcrowding and underfunding.

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Why some Republicans are opting for conference calls instead of town halls

A number of Republican lawmakers are opting out of town hall meetings this week, citing concerns about protesters disrupting such events. 

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Did the ‘dishonest media’ really take on Lincoln, Jefferson, and Jackson?

In a recent speech, President Trump continued his criticism of the press, citing combative relationships between the media and three historic US presidents.

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Too soon? What comes of Democratic talk of impeaching Trump

President Trump's approval ratings are highly divided along partisan lines. Could fierce opposition from the Democrats, including early talk of impeaching him, deepen those sentiments?

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Trump's defense chief says has no problems with media

President Trump  branded the media "the enemy of the American people" earlier this week, drawing some criticism. US Senator John McCain spoke out in defense of the free press on Friday.

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New Homeland Security guidelines aggressively crack down on illegal immigration

New guidelines signed Saturday by DHS Secretary John F. Kelly, pending final approval from the White House, would further distance the Trump administration from previous administrations on immigration policy.  

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How 'Jane Roe' came to symbolize both pro-life and pro-choice

Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, switched sides in the abortion debate after she became a born-again Christian. 

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Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

Heavy rainstorms killed at least three people in southern California over the weekend. Storms in northern California are seeing rivers reaching flood stage, and some residents are preparing to evacuate.

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At Florida rally, Trump returns to campaign tactics, media criticisms

President Trump held a rally in Florida Saturday, where he railed against the news media and reiterated his plans to 'Make America Great Again.'

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A town changed by Trump

Springfield, Ohio, prided itself on its moderation. Now, residents are struggling with an unfamiliar question: How to heal a bruised sense of civility.    

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US student debt tops $1.31 trillion: Does Betsy DeVos have a plan?

The growth of student loans drove or a substantial increase in household debt last year, say experts.

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Can decriminalizing marijuana improve public safety in Houston?

The city announced on Thursday that it would allow many offenders to bypass court appearances and jail time in an effort to divert resources to other issues. Though the approach has potential, it will likely face challenges.

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Ranking the presidents: Why Obama debuted at No. 12 on the list

Former President Barack Obama has an impressive first showing in C-SPAN's 2017 Presidential Historians Survey.

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Many presidents have first year troubles. Trump is the same – and different.

Historians look at President Trump's first weeks and see a rough start. That can be overcome, they say. But Mr. Trump might judge success differently from any president in modern history. 

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Harward turns down national security adviser job. Who's next on Trump's list?

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down the post. President Trump has indicated he has four other names on his list.

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Immigration arrests unleash debate: Where should line be drawn?

An El Paso County judge said the arrest of an undocumented immigrant seeking help from abuse 'is not who we are.' But others say rule of law must come first.

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Trump seeks pause in legal fight with revised travel ban

President Trump has said a new order would come next week, but even a revised order would face legal hurdles and likely end up in court, experts say.

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'I'm not ranting and raving.' Trump on defensive in first solo news conference

After a turbulent start to his presidency, Trump said he had inherited a "mess" from former President Barack Obama, and accused the media of being "out of control" and "dishonest." 

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How to combat the rise of 'intellectual' hate groups in the US

The rise of a less overt brand of white supremacy, favoring an 'intellectual' approach over white robes and Nazi symbols, poses new challenges to those combating the spread of hateful ideology. 

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WA Supreme Court: By refusing same-sex wedding, florist violated anti-discrimination law

Ms. Stutzman refused to create flower arrangements for Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed's wedding, saying it would violate her religious beliefs to participate in a same-sex wedding.

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and the rise of originalism

Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court could highlight how a traditionally conservative judicial policy has become mainstream and, arguably, bipartisan.

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The 'Day Without Immigrants' protest returns a decade later. Will it be effective?

Mirroring efforts from 2006, immigrants launched a nationwide strike Thursday. This time, many have seen widespread support from employers. 

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Mattis: US 'not in a position to collaborate' with Russian military

Mattis's remarks may come as a blow to hopes of increased cooperation between the two powers following the election of President Donald Trump to the White House.

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What's next for Joe Biden?

The popular former vice president is following in the footsteps of former presidents by accepting the chair of the nonpartisan National Constitution Center’s board of trustees. Does that mean we could see him again in other high-profile political roles? 

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'A day without immigrants' arrives: Can a strike move immigrants' concerns forward?

By walking off their jobs and away from stores, immigrants hope to illustrate their importance to the US economy.

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2016 witnessed surge in anti-Muslim hate groups, SPLC report says

The "Year in Hate and Extremism" report from the SPLC found that right-wing extremist hate groups gained popularity in the United States last year, amid a highly divisive presidential election.

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Mexican mother fleeing deportation finds refuge in Colorado church

Jeanette Vizguerra sought sanctuary after federal law enforcement officials declined to grant her a sixth stay of removal, saying criminal misdemeanors made her case an 'enforcement priority.'

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Where Americans agree on Trump: He should be builder-in-chief

There's broad support for President Trump revitalizing America's infrastructure. The Oroville Dam incident underscored the need. 

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Ashton Kutcher gets serious with Senate testimony on modern slavery

The actor made an impassioned speech to lawmakers on Wednesday, urging them to continue fighting modern labor and sex slavery.

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Puzder withdraws nomination to be secretary of labor

Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder said he was "honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor."

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Congress blocks law barring mentally impaired from guns

The Obama rule would have prevented an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm.

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With Flynn gone, Trump's next move is crucial (+video)

Quickly replacing former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn with a seasoned professional who plays well with others could allow the Trump administration to move forward in important ways.

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As Kellyanne Conway's credibility wanes, what should TV news shows do? (+video)

MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' says it no longer invites Ms. Conway for interviews because of questions about her credibility. But is shunning the presidential advisor the best way to challenge 'alternative facts'?

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Stephen Colbert vs. Jimmy Fallon: What's the role of satire in the Trump era?

Colbert's late-night viewership surpassed Fallon's for the second week in a row, which analysts attribute to greater interest in politicized comedy under the Trump administration. 

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