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  • May 17, 2004   BY  

    Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to grant gay couples marriage licenses Monday, with hundreds of couples lining up overnight to fill out marriage applications. Continue reading

  • May 17, 2004  

    The Supreme Court ruled today that states are not exempt from provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act which require elevators and ramps in public facilities. Margaret Warner discusses the 5-4 decision with National Law Journal Washington bureau chief Marcia Coyle. Continue reading

  • May 17, 2004  

    The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case desegregated America’s public schools, but most minority students still attend schools where they are the majority. Gwen Ifill talks to four experts about the ways Brown has brought about change, and the ways it has failed to do so. Continue reading

  • May 17, 2004  

    Massachusetts became the first state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday. Correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the ceremonies and controversy in the Bay State. Continue reading

  • May 14, 2004  

    The Federal Reserve reported gains in industrial output in April, but the consumer-price core index, a lead indicator of inflation, also rose. Correspondent Paul Solman speaks with economists Nick Perna and Paul Samuelson about the Federal Reserve’s role in managing interest rates and inflation. Continue reading

  • May 14, 2004  

    Some members of Congress have called for an investigation into whether abortion politics played a role in the recent FDA decision to bar over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive Plan B. Ray Suarez gets two perspectives on the controversial contraceptive from Dr. Susan Crockett and Dr. Tina Raine. Continue reading

  • May 14, 2004  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s visit to Iraq, the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal and its impact on the presidential election. Continue reading

  • May 13, 2004   BY  

    A federal judge Thursday rejected an 11th hour attempt by conservative groups to prevent Massachusetts from granting the first state-sanctioned gay marriage licenses beginning next week. Continue reading

  • May 13, 2004   BY  

    Israel killed 12 Palestinians in southern Gaza Thursday in retaliation for back-to-back ambushes this week that left 11 Israeli soldiers dead. Continue reading

  • May 13, 2004   BY  

    Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee resigned in the wake of the crushing defeat of his governing Bharatiya Janata Party in India’s general elections. Close to 380 million voters turned out for the elections held over three weeks. Continue reading