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N.C. governor signs abortion bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday signed into law a measure directing state officials to regulate abortion clinics based on the same standards as those for outpatient surgical centers, a change that critics say will force most to close.<p>Critics say the move represents a shift by the …

Paying Teens Not to Have Sex: What Mississippi Can Learn From Malawi

A high childhood poverty rate and religious opposition to sex education leave Mississippi with the country’s highest teen pregnancy rate. Cash transfers solved similar problems in Malawi.<p>The State of Mississippi holds the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of teenage births in the …

Holder seeks limits on mandatory minimum sentencing

Attorney general says the nation must be "smarter on crime."<p>WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder will call Monday for major changes in the federal criminal justice system, including doing away with some mandatory-minimum sentencing policies that have condemned scores of non-violent offenders …

Military OKs sexual assault policies

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved six new orders Thursday to address sexual assault in the military, although Pentagon officials also acknowledged many of the ideas originally came from Congress or are already in practice.<p>The initiatives — simultaneously trumpeted in a White House statement — …

Obama Does Not Support Changes To Medical Marijuana Laws 'At This Point,' White House Says

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama does not support changes to the legal classification of marijuana, the White House said Wednesday, despite growing evidence of its medical benefits.<p>White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked for the second day in a row if CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay …

California Mayor Petitions for End to FDA Ban on Gay Donors

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The holy war over Obamacare

The Obamacare wars have gone holy.<p>As in politics, the religious world is riven by the health law. Sympathetic faith organizations that see an opportunity to live up to their God-given mission to aid the poor are stepping up to White House efforts to get people covered. Evangelicals and conservative …

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Arizona Voter ID Law

Would-be voters in Arizona will not need to provide proof of citizenship before they register to vote, the Supreme Court said today.<p>The state must, …