Ed Markey Beats Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts Senate Race

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_c6e27aab0c.jpgBill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Democrat Rep. Ed Markey is the winner of the Massachusetts special election to fill the Senate seat vacated when John Kerry became secretary of state, defeating businessmen and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez.

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Obama Outlines Plan to Combat Climate Change

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_304bb177c0.jpgThe White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Tuesday outlined his plan to combat climate change, calling for new standards to reduce carbon pollution and saying he would not approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline if it produces more greenhouse gas emissions.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Voting Rights Act

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_22ea2e4827.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act Tuesday, ruling that the formula used to enforce the nearly 50-year-old civil rights law needs to be updated. In a 5-4 decision the court said that the coverage formula used by the government to determine which states are required to get federal permission before they make any changes to voting laws is unconstitutional.

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Ken Cuccinelli Warned of Slippery Slope from Gay Marriage to Polygamy

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_dbed0bd1c9.jpgJupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s opposition to gay marriage is well established. But as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue decisions on two major gay marriage cases, less well-known is his co-authorship -- in January 2013 -- of a court brief that laid out an argument against the constitutionality of allowing same-sex couples to marry.

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Immigration Overhaul Clears Pivotal Vote in Senate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-06_e14387da14.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate voted Monday to accept an immigration bill amendment calling for stricter border security. The amendment was the "deal" sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., beefing up border security by an extra $30 billion before any undocumented immigrants can apply for citizenship.

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