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    Amid Partisan Bickering, Kagan Is Narrowly Confirmed

    The outcome was never in doubt. But the narrowness of the 63–37 margin by which the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as Supreme Court’s 112th justice this afternoon would stun a Rip Van Winkle who had slept through the rising partisan rancor that has poisoned judicial confirmations at all levels in recent years.
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    Prop 8 Ruling Is Just the Beginning

    Wednesday's ruling overturning California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, would seem to be a cause for celebration among gay-rights advocates. But as foes of gay marriage plan their appeal, many LGBT groups are worried about the eventual outcome.
  • What the New Report on the Gulf Spill Really Says

    Despite widespread media reports claiming that 75 percent of the oil from the gulf spill is gone, up to 50 percent—or nearly 2.5 million barrels—of the oil that was released could conceivably still be out there.
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    Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Thrown Out in California

    Advocates of same-sex marriage celebrated a California judge's decision to strike down the state's Proposition 8 measure, which bans such unions. But the judge stayed his decision until Friday.
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    Mosque Near Ground Zero Gets Green Light

    New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission today voted 9–0 to green-light the construction of a multipurpose Islamic community center in lower Manhattan, two blocks from the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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    Are GOP Senators Serious About Changing the 14th Amendment?

    Since Sen. Lindsey Graham said he thinks it's wrong that children of illegal immigrants who are born in the U.S. get automatic citizenship, a growing group of his GOP colleagues have jumped on the bandwagon—sort of. The catch? Other than Graham, they're not quite going all the way, instead saying they think it's worth it for Congress to hold hearings on the topic.
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    Kagan Heads to the Full Senate

    The high-court nominee will be confirmed. But not before Senate Republicans make one last stand about her thin judicial record. Here's a look at what the Republicans will gripe about.
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    Five Unanswered Questions About the Gulf Spill

    More than 100 days after the BP oil-spill disater began, things are finally looking up. But scientists and government officials still have much to learn about the accident and its long-term impact.
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    In New York, Geithner Kicks Off Financial-Reform Sales Tour

    Treasury officials are fanning out across the country this week to cities known for their financial institutions to sell financial reform to Americans. First stop: New York, where Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner gave a speech Monday.
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    'Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War'

    Groupthink is alive and thriving in Washington, D.C., argues Andrew Bacevich, who's convinced that America's mightily militaristic and endlessly idealistic approach to the rest of the world is costing the country dearly.
  • Wyoming and Mississippi Labeled Most Conservative States

    New numbers from Gallup this morning paint an interesting ideological picture of the country. Over the past year, Wyoming and Mississippi have come to share the mantle of the most conservative states in the union—an apparently sought-after title with about a dozen states close behind. The most liberal may not surprise you that much.
  • God Lives in a Lab in Arizona

    For more than a century, people have battled malaria by fighting its carrier, the indomitable mosquito. But last month, scientists at the University of Arizona found a way to turn this blood-sucking enemy into a potential ally.
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    Democrats to Keep Controversial Superdelegates

    In 2008 unelected superdelegates to the Democratic convention had the power to choose the party’s presidential nominee. It looked as if the Dems were going to make sure that couldn’t happen again, but then they changed their minds.
  • Why Viral Ads Don't Work

    It’s been a rich year for viral campaign videos, after a series of creepy, cheesy, or just plain bizarre ads drew millions of viewers online. But while these efforts are certainly eye-catching but do they work?
  • Why America's Bridges Are Still Bad

    It’s been three years since a busy bridge collapsed in Minnesota, killing 13 people and sparking widespread calls to fix the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. But so far little has improved.
  • Newsverse: Holy Wars

    In the latest installment of Newsverse, NEWSWEEK's poetic take on the news, Jerry Adler muses on plans to build mosques in New York and Temecula, Calif.
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    Freshman House Democrats Struggle to Save Seats

    Two freshman Democrats from Virginia, swept into office on the wave of enthusiasm generated by Barack Obama, are now struggling to stay afloat in a sea of discontent about the president.
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    Zakaria: Raise My Taxes, Mr. President!

    The idea that the average American is overtaxed is a nice piece of populist pandering. In fact, federal taxes as a percentage of the economy are at their lowest level since the presidency of Harry Truman. The simple fact is this: all the Bush tax cuts were unaffordable.
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    Obama Would Be Wrong to Reject Warren

    Obama will eventually recover if he decides not to appoint Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is the best-known part of the new financial-regulation law. But he would be making a terrible mistake to reject her, on both political and substantive grounds.
  • Denying Citizenship to Illegal Immigrants' Kids

    Arizona’s tough immigration law is just the beginning of the conservative battle to clamp down on illegal immigrants. A broader fight is coming—possibly even to change the U.S. Constitution. Sen. Lindsey Graham made headlines last week, telling Fox News he’s considering a constitutional change to revise the right, enshrined in the 14th Amendment, that grants automatic citizenship to any child born in the United States.