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Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling: An Explainer

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:30am
Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court on the use of race as a criteria in colleges' and universities’ admissions policies is the latest blow to affirmative action programs. What happened? In a 6-2 ruling – Justice Elena Kagan did not participate – the court essentially found that the U.S. Constitution does not bar voters in a state from banning the use of race as a factor in considering whether someone should be admitted to a state college or university.

FiveThirtyEight’s Replacement Has Better News for Democrats

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:34am
The New York Times’ replacement for the departed FiveThirtyEight is out with its first election forecast of the cycle, predicting that Democrats have about a 51% chance of keeping majority control in the Senate this November.

McCain to Obama: ‘Please Give the Ukrainians Defensive Weapons’

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 9:34am
Sen. John McCain intensified calls for the U.S. to send weapons to Ukraine as Russia shows little sign of retreating.

Ohio AG DeWine Defends And Questions False-Statements Law

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:14am
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed both a brief defending the Ohio Elections Commission from a pair of conservative groups that argue the state law barring false political statements impinges on their free-speech rights and a separate brief calling into question the constitutionality of the false-statements law.

Biden to Ukrainian Lawmakers: ‘Difficult Decisions’ Ahead (Transcript)

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:12am
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking Tuesday to Ukrainian lawmakers from various regions, stressed the need for Kiev to create a trustworthy judicial system and move toward energy diversity. Here is the transcript of his remarks, as provided by the White House.

Seib Video: How Putin Spells Sanctions Relief

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:58am
One of the lessons Russian President Vladimir Putin is learning during the Ukraine crisis is that if you have oil and gas, you'll never be lacking for friends and much will be forgiven and much will be forgotten. Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib explains what this means for U.S. sanctions in this video.

WashWire Daily Brief: Biden’s Ukraine Mission | Putin’s Options to Bypass Sanctions | Intelligence Official Cracks Down on Media Leaks

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:14am
The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

GOP Beats Democrats to Spanish-Language Airwaves

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:57pm
Republicans are beating their Democratic opponents to the Spanish-language airwaves in 2014, seeking to make early and positive impressions on the growing Hispanic community.

Takeaways From the Delay of Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:55pm
Five takeaways from the Obama administration's announcement that it will delay its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

How Much Does the Pace of Growth in Health Spending Matter?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:13pm
No one really knows how fast, or how slow, federal spending on health care will climb over the next decade or two—but the answer is crucial to the outlook for the budget and the national debt.

Christie Campaign Has Spent At Least $314,000 in Legal Fees in Bridge Scandal

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:38pm
Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign has been billed for at least $314,000 on legal fees so far in representing itself in regards to the George Washington Bridge lane closure investigations.

Obamas Host Annual Easter Egg Roll

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:01pm
First Lady Michelle Obama applied a healthy-eating theme to this year's Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities Monday under sunny skies on the South Lawn of the White House.

GOP’s McSally Attacks ‘War on Women’ Line

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:57am
For one of the most aggressive rebuttals to the Republican “war on women” since Democrats adopted the line of attack a few years ago, look to Arizona Republican Martha McSally, the first American female combat pilot.

Seib Video: Obama’s Impending Ukraine Decision

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 8:13am
We appear to be headed into another week of intense activity around the crisis in Ukraine. Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib says there are several things to watch for this week.

GAO Report Details Sebelius Fundraising Efforts

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:13am
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last year approached five organizations seeking money or technical help for Enroll America, a nonprofit working to increase participation in the federal health law, according to a Government Accountability Office report to be released Monday.

WashWire Daily Brief: What Obama Got Wrong About Putin | Candidates Test ‘Pro-Obamacare’ Stance

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:30am
The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

Can Democrats Use Obamacare to Persuade Voters?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:59am
There remains a narrow band of voters whose attitude toward the law and whose political allegiance may still be up for grabs: Voters who don't like the law but don't want it repealed. Democrats are counting on those few to come their way.

House Democrats’ Campaign Arm Outraises Rival

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 8:59pm
House Democrats’ campaign arm slightly outraised its Republican counterpart last month, pulling in $10.3 million, compared with Republicans’ $9.9 million.

Biden Travels to Ukraine Monday Ahead of Meetings

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 8:45pm
Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Kiev Monday for a series of meetings with senior Ukrainian officials at a critical point in the crisis with Russia.

Transcript & Video: Chelsea Clinton’s Baby Announcement

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:18pm
Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child. Here is the transcript of her remarks, provided by Federal News Service (, followed by the video.