Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Places A Stay On Abortion Law In Texas

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:28 pm

The Supreme Court has placed a stay on a lower court's ruling that upheld new abortion standards in Texas, to give opponents of a controversial 2013 law time to take their case to the nation's highest court.

The stay is temporary: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, the stay will be lifted and the law will take effect. If the justices agree to hear the case, the stay would remain in effect until a ruling is issued.

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Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

NBCUniversal Is Cutting Ties With Donald Trump

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 3:56 pm

NBCUniversal announced that it is cutting ties with Donald Trump after comments he made about immigrants.
Jim Cole AP

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants. Trump's controversial remarks came as he was announcing his bid for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

NBC said in a statement that:

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Mon June 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 7:12 pm

U.S. states' efforts to counter extreme gerrymandering won a victory Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bipartisan Arizona panel that draws the state's districts. The court's vote was 5-4; Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which her citations included James Madison writing in The Federalist Papers.

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Mon June 29, 2015
It's All Politics

Cruz: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Will Be 'Front And Center' In 2016 Campaign

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:40 am

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says the Supreme Court overstepped its bounds on same-sex marriage and health care.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz intends to make his opposition to the Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide "front and center" in his presidential campaign.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on Sunday in New York City, the GOP presidential hopeful doubled down on his belief that the court had overstepped its bounds in both the marriage decision and in upholding Obamacare. And as a result, Cruz said, the justices should be subject to elections and lose their lifetime appointments.

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Sun June 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 9:19 am

Melissa Mathis holds a container of freeze-dried placenta capsules.
Carrie Feibel/Houston Public Media

After giving birth, some women save the placenta in order to consume it in the following weeks. In fact, Texas just passed a law giving women the right to take the placenta home from the hospital, the third state to do so.

Science doesn't support a lot of the claims of its purported benefits. But for Melissa Mathis, it's about her rights. Last year she had her baby, Betsy, in a Dallas hospital. When Mathis took Betsy home, she wanted to take the placenta home, too.

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