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Gay Rights at the Supreme Court in 1996

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May 24, 1996
With the Supreme Court ruling expanding marriage recognition to same-sex couples in all 50 states, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to another opinion written by Justice Kennedy nearly 20 years ago that began a string of gay rights cases at the Supreme Court.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act in 2013

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June 25, 2015
As the Supreme Court rules to expand the recognition of same-sex marriage to all 50 states, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to the last major decision on the issue by the justices, exactly two years earlier. In the 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, was unconstitutional, effectively giving federal legal recognition to same-sex marriages.
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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare in 2012

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June 29, 2012
The Supreme Court once again rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that contended only people who sign up for insurance on state exchanges are eligible for the federal subsidies.
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2006 Negotiations Over Iran's Nuclear Program

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June 2, 2006
As the June 30 deadline nears for the nuclear talks with Iran, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to June 2006 when the United States joined with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council as well as Germany (the P5+1) to propose discussions with Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment program.
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President Obama visits Capitol Hill

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January 30, 2009
As President Obama travels to Capitol Hill to meet with Democrats about the trade negotiations, we look in our Vault to 2009 when the president headed to the Hill only a week after his inauguration.
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The Beginning of the Patriot Act

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October 26, 2001
As Congress debates portions of the PATRIOT Act that expired this week, we look back in the Washington Week Vault to the day President George W. Bush signed the bill into law in 2001.
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Preventing Another Gulf Oil Spill, 5 Years Later

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April 30, 2010
Five years after the explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana, the Obama administration is proposing new regulations for offshore oil rigs that would improve safety standards for blowout preventers to hopefully avoid similar catastrophic oil spills.
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Opposition Party Circumvents President's Foreign Policy

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April 6, 2007
Shortly after becoming Speaker of the House in 2007, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar al-Assad against the wishes of President George W. Bush. His administration was trying to isolate the Syrian regime for allegedly aiding Iraqi insurgents in the ongoing Iraq War.
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Missing White House Emails

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April 13, 2007
In 2007, when Congress asked the Bush administration for emails surrounding the firing of eights U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales revealed that many of the emails requested could not be produced because they were sent on a non-government email server. The officials had used the private domain gwb43.com, a server run by the Republican National Committee. Two years later, it was revealed that potentially 22 million emails were deleted, which was considered by some to be a violation of the Presidential Records Act.