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In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small
By 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.
New York governor orders more July Fourth security after alert
"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.
Vietnam Communist Party chief to meet Obama on landmark U.S. trip
By 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.
Clinton says she hopes Iran talks yield a deal
HANOVER, 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. ...
As South Carolina debates Confederate flag, controversy spreads to other states that display it
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
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Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life
American 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.