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Contours of Obama's legacy form with help of unlikely allies

June 26, 2015 WASHINGTON — Long past the prime of his presidency, Barack Obama is defying the lame-duck label and solidifying the contours of his legacy with the help of unlikely allies in Congress and the... more »»

This one Trumps all

June 25, 2015 We live in a time of stunning transformations. In recent weeks we’ve seen Bruce Jenner transition from a male Olympic medalist to Caitlyn Jenner, a self-assured woman gracing the cover of Vanity Fair. more »»

GOP candidates support removing Confederate flag

June 24, 2015 WASHINGTON — Republicans with presidential aspirations rushed to embrace South Carolina Gov. more »»

The need for public libraries

June 23, 2015 Younger Americans can hardly imagine a time when you had to visit a library to research the population of Phoenix in 1980. Google now does that in seconds. more »»

Who won, lost in 1st quarter of Michigan legislative session

June 22, 2015 LANSING — The first quarter of the legislative session was dominated by Michigan voters’ rejection of the previous Legislature’s road-funding proposal and passage of a new state budget. more »»

Presidential candidates lean on well-funded outside groups

June 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton are asking donors to write the checks to get their campaigns started. more »»

Comics pounce on Trump

June 18, 2015 NEW YORK — He doesn’t need the money, but if Donald Trump’s presidential campaign falters, late-night comics would surely pass the hat to keep it going. more »»

Choosing your own:

June 17, 2015 WASHINGTON — Rachel Dolezal, born to white parents, self-identifies as black — a decision that illustrates how fluid identity can be in a diversifying America, as the rigid racial structures that... more »»

The 2016 GOP candidates

June 16, 2015 The Republicans have a big problem. Their presidential primary contest is beginning to resemble the New York marathon — hordes of contestants as far as the eye can see. more »»

State tax credit for low-wage earners may be eliminated

June 15, 2015 LANSING — When Michigan enacted a tax credit for low- to moderate-income individuals and families nine years ago, it was an unmistakably bipartisan, united step. Then-Gov. more »»

Court ruling against gay marriage could cause ‘chaos’

June 11, 2015 WASHINGTON — Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. more »»

Abortions decline in U.S.

June 9, 2015 Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them — but they’ve also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds. more »»

Who is in, and about to get in, the GOP race for president

June 8, 2015 The Republican presidential field: Who’s in, who’s almost in, and who’s still waiting for the right moment. more »»

EPA: No widespread harm to drinking water from fracking

June 5, 2015 WASHINGTON — Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday in a... more »»

How do justices weigh loss of health insurance for millions?

June 4, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court could wipe away health insurance for millions of Americans when it resolves the latest fight over President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. more »»

A significant opportunity

June 3, 2015 Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan “to make community college as free and universal as high schoo. more »»

Clash of priorities defines debate as campaign takes off

June 2, 2015 NEW YORK — Listen to the Republican candidates for president and they’ll tell you the country faces a dire threat from terrorism, and is on the brink of falling victim to Islamic State militants. more »»

Civil asset forfeiture system under scrutiny

June 1, 2015 LANSING — Gin Hency and Annette Shattuck describe themselves as soccer moms, active in their communities and in their children’s lives. Since July 2014, the S. more »»

New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized

May 28, 2015 WASHINGTON — New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm... more »»

Pentagon chief’s take on Iraqis undermines Obama’s strategy

May 27, 2015 WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the “will to fight” undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama’s strategy for defeating the Islamic... more »»



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