December 2, 2013
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Despite all the fanfare that greeted its arrival Saturday night, the “first step” deal between world powers and Iran is neither a breakthrough heralding the end of the conflict over its nuclear program nor a precursor to allowing the Islamic Republic to rush toward a bomb. For those who claimed the clock was ticking and the Iranians were edging closer to a breakout capability, this agreement stops the clock for the next six months—assuming Iran lives up to its end of the bargain. And the transparency measures, which grant much greater access than previously, certainly reduce the Iranian incentive to cheat on the agreement for its duration.
By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 11/26/13, Politico.com
The Supreme Court has agreed to revisit Obamacare, this time to review the requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health insurance plans. The court accepted two cases, centered on the issue of religious expression, that represent the second challenge to the health law heard by the high court.
In Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., the Obama administration is asking the court to reverse a lower court decision that sided with the craft-store chain’s owners, who say they have religious objections to providing access to contraception to their employees. The court also agreed to hear a similar suit brought by Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2013
New Report: Supporting Families, Strengthening Communities – The Economic Importance of Nutrition Assistance
Today, as Americans across the country prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the White House released a new report highlighting the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps millions of Americans put food on the table.
By Ranana Dine - Center for American Progress | August 8, 2013
If recent legislation passed in Arkansas and North Dakota is allowed to stand, it will be harder for women to get an abortion in those states than it was in New England in 1650. Legislators in Little Rock and Bismarck have passed new restrictions that ban abortions according to when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Federal judges have blocked the new restrictions until legal challenges to their constitutionality are settled. But the six-week deadline contrasts starkly with early American abortion law, where the procedure was legal until “quickening”—the first time a mother feels the baby kick, which can happen anywhere from 14 weeks to 26 weeks into pregnancy.