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In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small

Supporters of gay marriage rally after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marryBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration was unexpectedly on the winning side in nearly all the close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in the term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage. The run of victories ran counter to the administration's recent mixed record. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the Democratic administration's top Supreme Court advocate, and his team of Justice Department lawyers successfully defended Obama's signature healthcare law from a conservative legal challenge and argued on the winning side of the court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:46:52 -0400
New York governor orders more July Fourth security after alert

Members of the U.S. Army National Guard Joint Task Force Empire Shield patrol Grand Central Terminal in New York"We are keenly aware that New York State remains a top target for terrorists," Cuomo said in a statement. The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued an alert calling for local authorities and the public to remain vigilant for possible threats following recent calls for violence by Islamic State militants. In New York City, the nation's largest municipal police force assigned about 7,000 officers and nearly all its counterterrorism personnel to handle security around Independence Day events.

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:14:09 -0400
Vietnam Communist Party chief to meet Obama on landmark U.S. trip

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong talk at the party's headquarters in HanoiBy Martin Petty and Lesley Wroughton HANOI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vietnam's Communist Party chief will visit the United States next week in a landmark trip that could prove pivotal in Washington's bid to bolster its Asian alliances in the back yard of an increasingly assertive China. Nguyen Phu Trong will meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House as the former war enemies mark two decades of calibrated engagement since the normalization of ties that have expanded rapidly in the past year.

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:40:19 -0400
Clinton says she hopes Iran talks yield a deal

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson party fundraising dinnerHANOVER, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Friday she hoped that 18 months of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers would yield a deal to curb Iran's nuclear program. "I so hope that we are able to get a deal in the next week that puts a lid on Iran's nuclear weapons program," the former secretary of state told a rally on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire, adding that even if a deal is reached, there will be more work to be done. ...

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:09:47 -0400
As South Carolina debates Confederate flag, controversy spreads to other states that display it

Calls For Removal Of Confederate Flag Outside SC Statehouse Grow In Wake Of Race-Fueled Charleston Church ShootingEven if it is taken down at the South Carolina statehouse, the Confederate battle flag is still deeply entrenched in parts of the American South.

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:54:27 -0400
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag

In a press conference Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined those calling on state lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from a war memorial on the state Capitol grounds. The announcement comes days after the massacre of nine members of Charleston's historic Emanuel church by alleged gunman Dylann Roof. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric hosted a live stream of Gov. Haley's address and was joined for discussion by Morris Dees, co-founder of Southern Poverty Law Center and Jon Ward, Yahoo Senior Political Correspondent.

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:50:05 -0400
Uniquely Nasty: Original documents and White House recordings

Uniquely Nasty PromoThe memos and audio used in the reporting of the Yahoo News documentary "Uniquely Nasty."

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:48:52 -0400
Uniquely Nasty: The blockbuster novel that haunted gay Washington

Advise and Consent - IsikoffAllen Drury's "Advise and Consent" was the reason many DC insiders stayed in the closet for as long as they did.

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:33:30 -0400
Uniquely Nasty: Washington power broker Robert Grays double life

Robert Gray IsikoffDespite being one of the most powerful men in DC, Gray confided that there was a time early in his career when he lived in mortal fear that J. Edgar Hoover would discover his biggest secret: that he was gay.

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:21:11 -0400
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face LifeAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:26:13 -0400
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