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Overruled: Is precedent in danger at the Supreme Court?
As this year’s term closes, the conservative-majority United States Supreme Court is placing a shrinking value on legal precedent.

US moves forward with economic-centered Mideast plan
The U.S. is leading a two-day economic workshop it hopes will lay the groundwork for a Middle East peace plan. But without discussion of political disputes, or the presence of Palestinian or Israeli delegates, Arab nations are keeping their distance.

US government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed
Older children were taking care of toddlers and infants in a detention center that was holding more than 300 detained children in Clint, Texas. The children were without adequate food, water, and sanitation.

Nancy Pelosi’s fuchsia suit
At a Monitor Breakfast, Speaker Pelosi showed how her bold approach - sartorially and in her ability to go toe-to-toe with President Trump - has taken her far.

Amid risk of US-Iran war, why presidential signaling is key
President Trump faces a pivotal moment. After Iran shot down a U.S. drone, he averted a threatened response, but tensions remain high.

Withdrawn retaliation strike against Iran underscores tensions
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton prefer hardline policies against Iran. But congressional leaders are urging President Trump to not escalate tensions already under strain from U.S. sanctions.

Can a 40-foot cross be secular? Supreme Court says yes.
The Bladensburg Peace Cross, a religious symbol erected to honor World War I casualties, may remain on public land, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Brotherhood, debt, and the black college rising
Morehouse 2019 grads won't have debt, and HBCU enrollment is on the uptick. Why more students are looking at HBCUs, even as debt is a big problem.   

'I really don't trust the attorney general': Pelosi on Trump, Barr, and more
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the guest at the Monitor Breakfast on Wednesday. You can watch the full C-SPAN video of Ms. Pelosi's appearance here.

Senate's push for Native American safety a bipartisan effort
Proposed bills seek to reduce violence against Native American women and children. Amid a movement to increase awareness of the deaths and disappearances of indigenous women, the bills would expand tribes' ability to prosecute non-Native Americans.

As Trump Show heads into Season Two, will we still want to watch?
At his kickoff campaign rally in Florida, the president gave a speech that could have come from 2016. He may need new ideas to attract new voters. 

Pelosi on impeachment: ‘This isn’t about politics’
The most powerful woman ever in American politics is locked in a battle royal with a president like no other over the future of American democracy.

Dollars today for enslavement long ago? Georgetown students say yes.
After a historic vote by Georgetown students, a reconciliation fee to benefit descendants of enslaved people has not yet been approved by the school. 

A fighter or a peacemaker? Amy Klobuchar is trying to be both.
The Minnesota senator has passed more bills than any 2020 rival, and has won over moderates and conservatives. That may not be what Democrats want. 

Harvard turns away Parkland survivor for racist comments
School safety advocate Kyle Kashuv was headed for Harvard University. But then comments he made as a 16-year-old surfaced on social media. Mr. Kashuv has apologized and insists he's grown, but the university is holding firm on its zero tolerance for hate.

Father of Sandy Hook victim wins defamation lawsuit
Lenny Pozner won a defamation lawsuit against authors of a book that claimed the Sandy Hook school shooting never happened. Others who lost family members in the 2012 Connecticut shooting say they are continually harassed by hoaxers and conspiracy theorists.

New York state approves licenses for undocumented immigrants
New York passed a measure to become the 13th state to allow immigrants living in the country illegally the ability to obtain a driver's license. The bill's supporters see it as a landmark step for immigrant rights. Critics worry it waters down U.S. citizenship. 

Why this Republican senator has been able to forge her own path
A former state legislator who became U.S. senator in 2002, Senator Murkowski has become that rare breed: a genuine swing vote in a polarized chamber.

Georgia abortion law: Hollywood calls for boycott, but can it leave?
Many in Hollywood opposed to the Georgia abortion law want to pull up stakes completely, but a boycott could end up hurting those it is meant to help.

Cap-and-trade climate bill set to pass in Oregon
Oregon could soon become the second state to implement a cap-and-trade climate bill. Supporters say the bill would cut emissions and invest in transitioning the state economy and infrastructure to better prepare for severe climate events.

Sarah Sanders leaving White House, returning to Arkansas
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will step down at the end of June after two years on the job. She is being urged by President Trump and others to run for governor of Arkansas.

Democratic presidential debate lineup set
Only two major candidates missed the cut for the first set of Democratic presidential debates June 26-27. Now, those competing in a crowded field must find a strategy to set them apart from the pack. 

The view from one of the last abortion clinics in Louisiana
Access to abortion has been declining dramatically in parts of the U.S., like the South. Part Four of a series (read Parts One, Two and Three here).

Nebraska stands alone in holding back opioid lawsuit
Nebraska's attorney general has fought the opioid crisis but hasn't yet filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state. With 48 other states already with lawsuits on the books and Michigan's soon to come, some question why Nebraska is opting out.

Former Trump aide agrees to judiciary interview
Former White House communication director Hope Hicks has agreed to meet with the House Judiciary Committee on June 19, 2019. The committee subpoenaed Ms. Hicks as part of its investigation into Robert Mueller's report and obstruction of justice.

Biden stays above the pack – and aims fire at Trump
By skipping a big Iowa cattle call, and visiting the state on his own a few days later, the former VP stays a step ahead of the overcrowded field.

No prison time for ex-Stanford coach in bribery sentencing
After pleading guilty to bribery charges in March, former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer avoided prison time in a June 12 sentencing. Mr. Vandemoer is the first of many college officials facing charges from a nationwide college admissions scandal.

‘He will eat a half-truth teller alive’: Marianne Williamson takes on Trump
Author and ’90s spiritual guru Marianne Williamson talks about her campaign, and the ‘humanitarian emergency’ involving children in the U.S.

Corporate partnerships offer college students tuition – and a cubicle
A little-noticed new approach helps employers to fill cubicles with reliable workers and universities to provide an alternative way to pay tuition.

Want your own slice of rural heaven? Vermont has a deal for you.
With aging populations and unfilled jobs, rural states like Vermont, Maine, and Wyoming are pushing to attract new residents with cash and incentive programs. And for some urban weary, the move has been worth it. 

Southern Baptists meet, focus on sex-abuse crisis
Delegates voted to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle sex abuse cases. Recent investigative reports assert hundreds of Southern Baptist clergy and staff members have been accused of sexual misconduct over the past 20 years.

Little signal, lots of noise in Virginia primaries
Virginia politics are considered a microcosm of national trends. But after hosting its primaries for this year's state elections, the only clear trend after Tuesday's results is that there isn't one. 

After promising start, Kamala Harris looks for ways to break through
Democrats’ massive 2020 field leaves candidates like California’s Kamala Harris struggling to gain traction. Upcoming debates could shake things up.

Readers respond to gun violence. Their reactions may surprise you.
The Monitor asked, Have you taken any action in your own life in response to gun violence? Here are some of the 100-plus replies.

As universities push for names, assault survivors fight for anonymity
Universities want courts to make public the names of survivors of sexual assault, but advocates warn the result could be a chilling effect on campus.

Trump says Mexico deal waylaid tariffs for now
The U.S. and Mexico reached an agreement Friday to avoid tariffs, although critics say the deal simply restates preexisting efforts. Both countries continue to search for ways to manage high levels of immigrants seeking passage across their border.

Schools help students manage social media stress
In light of concerns over the impact of social media on students’ mental health, schools are taking steps to discourage unhealthy relationships with technology.

A high school graduation and a glimmer of hope in Paradise
At Paradise High School in California, 900 of the 980 students lost their homes during the deadly Camp Fire in November 2018. Most buildings around the high school burned to the ground, but the school buildings and football field remain intact.

After a mass shooting, what does healing look like?
After a mass shooting, headlines focus on PTSD. As an inverse counterpoint, trauma experts have noted what they call “post-traumatic growth.”

2020 race: The one thing 23 Democrats aren’t talking about
Dark horse Seth Moulton is the only Democrat in the 2020 race focusing on foreign policy, which he says is a potential weakness of President Trump.

In a divided Court, many small signs of agreement, respect
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Clarence Thomas, a liberal icon and a conservative bastion, have balanced political disagreement with a genuine mutual regard. And in the past two 5-4 decisions, they have aligned. 

Ohioans say land seizure for pipeline violates property rights
Ohio landowners say they were coerced by a federal agency to sell their property for the construction of an export pipeline. They argue  this use of eminent domain, the seizure of private property for public use, violates constitutional rights.

Funding for education, legal help halted for immigrant kids
Citing record numbers of unaccompanied migrant children at the border, the federal government has stopped funding education and legal help for migrant children in their care. Nonprofits will step in to fill the gaps. 

At graduation time, even the speeches can sound political
Most commencement speakers deliver inspirational advice. But for politicians, the chance to tout a record – or sneak in a jab – is hard to pass up.

To impeach or not to impeach? That may be the wrong question.
Congressional Democrats have options other than impeachment when it comes to dealing with perceived presidential offenses – including censure. 

Judge: White supremacist group's actions protected by free speech
A Los Angeles judge decreed that members of a white supremacist group were protected by constitutional free speech despite their advocacy for violence. Anti-racist organizations fear the ruling could empower the group.

Mexico tariffs get pushback from GOP senators
Last week, President Trump announced 5% tariffs on Mexican imports as a way to stem illegal immigration. But recent comments from GOP senators, who feel US farmers and ranchers would suffer as a result, signal division in his party.

Trump administration: No more Cuba cruises
As part of the Trump administration's efforts to roll back Obama-era efforts to repair relations between the U.S. and Cuba, leisure cruises to Cuba, the most popular way to travel to the island, will be cut off. Flights remain unaffected. 

Centrist Democrats are back. But these are not your father’s Blue Dogs.
The 2018 midterms gave Capitol Hill’s Blue Dog coalition new members and new clout, even as the definition of ‘centrist’ is shifting.

‘My first mission was Normandy’: World War II pilots recall role in history (video)
On June 6, the D-Day Squadron will comprise the U.S. contingent of a massive D-Day reenactment called “Daks over Normandy” for the 75th anniversary.