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Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., stand their ground, police ease up
An intense standoff between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., late Monday led to at least one breakthrough for the young people who have screamed, chanted and marched for the arrest of Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Ted Cruz finds a core of support among social conservatives frustrated with GOP
While there is not yet a front-runner in the early race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is quickly becoming the favored contender of social conservatives, riding a recent wave of fiery speeches and standing ovations at right-wing conferences.
White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known
The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.
White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known
The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.
Turkey boosts troop levels on Syrian border amid Islamic State siege
BAGHDAD-Turkey bolstered security on its border with Syria on Tuesday, sending hundreds of soldiers and tanks in a bid to contain a refu­gee exodus and potential violent spillover from an Islamic State siege just across the frontier.
In Hong Kong, protesters and government officials try to sway the silent majority
HONG KONG - As Hong Kong readied for a third night of massive protests across the city, what began as a physical confrontation between authorities and protestors shifted into a psychological battle on both sides for the hearts and minds of undecided residents here.
With the rise of Islamic State, Iraq is splintering along religious and ethnic lines
BAGHDAD - For millennia, Iraq has been one of the Middle East's most religiously and ethnically diverse lands. Its cities and villages are dotted with the decaying hallmarks of ancient Babylonian civilization, the mosques of the first Muslim empires, the castles of foreign conquerors, and the churches and shrines of early Christians and Jews.
Modi's visit a chance for Obama to improve relationship, enlist India in his Asia policy
President Obama welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on Monday for their first face-to-face meeting as the administration seeks to revive the stagnant relationship between the nations and enlist Asia's largest democracy in its broader regional strategy.
The Fix: Repeal Obamacare? Not on the 2014 campaign trail.
Obamacare is less and less of a political issue in the 2014 campaign, even as outside groups continue to focus on it in their ads. Well, a new spot from Crossroads GPS takes a different tack: It plays up Obamacare, but rather than use the old GOP boilerplate of repealing President Obama's signature health-care law, it promotes that idea that North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) will "replace (it) with quality health care that works."
EBay to spin off PayPal in 2015
EBay on Tuesday announced that it planned to spin off PayPal, the digital payment system that it bought in 2002 and that today accounts for about half of the Silicon Valley giant's revenue.
Body of murdered real estate agent Beverly Carter found in a shallow grave
It was late in the evening on Thursday, just before Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, 49, planned to show a home to a potential new client. She did exactly what she was supposed to do and called her husband to tell him where she would be.
New group in Maryland forms to fight cellphone towers built on school property
A new group, made up of residents and activists from across Maryland, has formed to help Prince George's County residents who are fighting the county school system's plan to build cellphone towers on school property.
Federal Eye: Report: IRS letting delinquent taxpayers off the hook too easily
The Internal Revenue Service did incomplete work on nearly 60 percent of the tax-delinquency cases that it closed without collecting payments in 2012, potentially costing the government billions of dollars in missed revenue, according to federal auditors.
In the Loop: Former CIA analyst tweets about agency Starbucks, then deletes
A former CIA counterterrorism analyst running for Congress in Pennsylvania read our colleague Emily Wax-Thibodeaux's Sunday story about the covert Starbucks at Langley with fond remembrance.
The Fix: Why it might be time to sell that Rand Paul stock
Sen. Rand Paul's best window for winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination increasingly looks like it has passed.
Biden to raise money for Democratic women in Los Angeles with Carole King
Vice President Biden is headed to Los Angeles next week to raise money for Democratic women running for Congress.
In the Loop: What else did the WH intruder do before he was finally caught...
Our irrepressible colleague Carol Leonnig's stunning account Monday of how deep inside the White House the recent fence jumper actually got before he was tackled has resulted in mixed reactions of horror, shock and of course, a Twitter meme.
The Fix: This is the most awkward picture of two potential presidential candidates you'll see today
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in Wisconsin Monday to campaign for endangered Gov. Scott Walker. (Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.) Brian Bakst, an Associated Press reporter based out of St. Paul Minnesota, covered the event and snapped this amazingly awkward photo of the duo "inspecting 44,000 pound construction equipment" at Empire Bucket in Hudson.
The Fix: Twitter is for liberals; Pinterest is for conservatives
Want to find all the big political discussions that are taking place on the Internet? For the most part, they don't exist, according to data released earlier this month by Quantcast -- a service that tracks the demographics of Internet users.
WorldViews: India's new prime minister drinks only warm water at dinner with Obama
As expected, visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi drank only warm water at a dinner given by President Obama in his honor at the White House Monday night.
WorldViews: What toppled Lenin statues tell us about Ukraine's crisis
In an incident reflecting growing Ukrainian anger toward the Kremlin, anti-Russian protesters pulled down a massive Vladimir Lenin statue in Ukraine's second-largest city late Sunday. To many Ukrainians, Lenin is a symbol of the Soviet Union and Russia's aggressive support for the separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery, report says
TOKYO - Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader who has mysteriously been missing from the public eye for almost a month, sparking rumors covering every possibility from a stroke to a coup d'etat, is merely recovering from ankle surgery, a South Korean newspaper has reported.
Windows 9: Another test for Microsoft's Satya Nadella
Microsoft is expected to give a sneak peek at its next version of Windows, likely called Windows 9, at a press event Tuesday. There are also rumors -- seemingly confirmedby a Microsoft official in Indonesia -- that Microsoft, like Apple, will offer some users the option to upgrade to its new system for free. Microsoft declined to comment on the report.
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Latest state and local issue stories and analyses from stateline.org and the Pew Center on the States.

States move slowly toward digital textbooks
Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.
Indiana gov squashes vp speculation
TODAY'S TAKE: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is the latest GOP governor who says he's not interested in becoming Mitt Romney's running mate.
Note to readers: A new Stateline is coming soon
Stateline and the Pew Center on the States are launching a new website at Pewstates.org
AZ: Arizona's immigration law gets its day in U.S. Supreme Court
When Paul Clement walks into the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday he's going to try to convince at least five justices that Arizona has an inherent right to enforce federal immigration laws.
NC: North Carolina judge vacates death penalty under racial justice law
In a landmark ruling, a North Carolina judge on Friday vacated the death penalty of a black man convicted of murder, saying prosecutors across the state had engaged in deliberate and systematic racial discrimination when striking black potential jurors in death penalty cases.
NJ: New Jersey drops out of lawsuit against EPA over ozone
New Jersey has dropped out of a lawsuit challenging the White House decision to bypass strict ozone standards that the EPA had recommended as necessary to protect human health.
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