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How Supreme Court's Michigan affirmative action ruling affects colleges
For the nation's 700 public four-year colleges and universities, the new Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action maintains a tenuous status quo in admission policies.
Justice Department outlines criteria for clemency to nonviolent prison inmates
The Obama administration will begin its effort to offer clemency to nonviolent prison inmates by focusing on offenders who have served at least 10 years of their federal drug sentence, do not have a significant criminal history and do not have ties to gangs or cartels.
Poll shows Pryor leading Cotton; McConnell and Hagan in tight races
A new round of polling in four states central to the battle for the Senate majority shows Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) with a clear lead over Rep. Tom Cotton (R) and a trio of other incumbents in competitive contests.
President Obama visits town devastated by mudslide
OSO, Wash. - President Obama traveled to the site of a devastating mudslide Tuesday, telling the community that America will be behind the community for as long as it takes to recover.
Kiev orders military moves in eastern Ukraine; Russians threatens retaliation
HORLIVKA, Ukraine - The Ukrainian government Wednesday ordered the resumption of military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after a local political supporter was kidnapped and killed, and Russia warned that it would retaliate if its citizens or interests were attacked.
U.S. to partially resume military aid to Egypt
The United States has decided to resume delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, backtracking on a decision officials made last summer following the country's military coup and its violent aftermath.
Justices test Aereo on copyright issue but raise concern about harming cloud services
Several Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of Internet streaming start-up Aereo during oral arguments Tuesday, questioning whether the company was created as a technical work-around of copyright laws to bypass license payments.
Innovations: Aereo's fate should be decided by Congress, not the Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that may determine the fate of technology start-up Aereo, a controversial service launched two years ago and backed by entertainment industry veteran Barry Diller.
The Fix: Black voters could decide who controls the Senate in 2015. Here's how.
Black voters played a huge role in delivering Barack Obama to the White House in 2008 and 2012. And in 2014, they will play a huge role in determining whether the president's party can stop Republicans from taking the Senate.
Ted Cruz endorses Ben Sasse in Nebraska Senate race
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) waded into the contested Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Nebraska Wednesday, endorsing Midland University President Ben Sasse.
Reports: John Boozman suffered aortic aneurysm
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) remains in an Arkansas hospital where he is recovering from emergency heart surgery.
Q&A: Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun interviews President Obama
Following is a transcript of a written interview with President Obama conducted by the Yomiuri Shimbun. The White House provided the newspaper with Obama's answers on Monday, in advance of the president's trip to Asia.
Sahu vs. Sahu vs. Sahu: Indian politicians run 'clone' candidates to trick voters
NEWSA, India - Lakhan Sahu, a rice farmer, is running for a seat in India's Parliament. But on a recent afternoon, just days before the election, he was napping bare-chested outside his mud hut instead of campaigning.
'Piles' of bodies left after attack on civilians by gunmen in South Sudan
NAIROBI, Kenya - Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians, including children and the elderly, left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the United Nations's top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.
WorldViews: A tattoo of the Buddha gets you thrown out of Sri Lanka
A British woman, identified in media reports as Naomi Coleman, a 37-year-old nurse, was arrested Monday and sent to a deportation center soon after arriving in Sri Lanka. The reason? A taxi driver and plain clothes police officer spotted the tattoo on her arm of an image of the Buddha sitting atop a lotus flower.
The Switchboard: Why Netflix wins if the Supreme Court sides with Aereo
Everything you need to know about Aereo, the Supreme Court and the future of TV. "In one of the biggest cases of the year for tech, a young start-up is taking on TV broadcasters in the Supreme Court," writes the Switch's Brian Fung. "Depending on the outcome, the battle could either solidify TV networks' grip over their content or throw the doors open to a future where consumers will be able to get traditional, over-the-air programming over the Internet instead."
Wonkbook: The Supreme Court deals a blow to affirmative action
Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog's morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here.
General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman report lower sales, higher profits
Sales at two Falls Church defense giants, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman, declined in the first quarter, while profits increased.
What the Apple wage collusion case says about Silicon Valley's labor economy
Tens of thousands of software engineers are currently suing Apple, Google and a host of other companies for a shot at reclaiming wages they say the tech firms stole from them.
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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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