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Obama Transformed

July 1, 2015
John Dickerson | Slate
The remarkable week that roused the president from dejection and inspired a stirring call to action.
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U.S. and Cuba Agree to Reopen Embassies, Officials Say

July 1, 2015
Peter Baker, Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
The United States and Cuba will announce an agreement on Wednesday to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, formally restoring diplomatic relations more than a half-century after they were ruptured, according to administration officials.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare & Affirms Right to Marry for Gay Couples and Charleston Shooting Reignites Conversation About Race in America

June 26, 2015
Affordable Care Act survives Supreme Court challenge and marriage equality spreads to all 50 states
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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 Rejects Challenge to Obama Health Care Law

June 25, 2015
Pete Williams | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to the reach of the Obama health care law, rescuing the program from a potentially fatal legal challenge for the second time since Obamacare's inception.
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Ex-Advisers Warn Obama That Iran Nuclear Deal ‘May Fall Short’ of Standards

June 25, 2015
David Sanger | The New York Times
Five former members of President Obama’s inner circle of Iran advisers have written an open letter expressing concern that a pending accord to stem Iran’s nuclear program “may fall short of meeting the administration’s own standard of a ‘good’ agreement” and laying out a series of minimum requirements that Iran must agree to in coming days for them to support a final deal.
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Obama Bolsters His Leverage With Trade Victory, but at a Cost

June 25, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Obama’s success in rescuing his high-priority trade legislation from a rebellion by fellow Democrats strengthens his hand internationally and paves the way for completion of the most expansive economic agreement in generations.
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'Fast track' trade bill clears key Senate hurdle

June 24, 2015
Susan Davis | USA Today
President Obama's embattled trade agenda received new life Tuesday as the U.S. Senate advanced a key part of a legislative package in a necessary procedural vote.
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Hostage Review Will Make It Easier for Families to Pay Ransoms

June 24, 2015
Yochi Dreazen, Lara Jakes | Foreign Policy
President Barack Obama’s administration will reassure the families of Americans held by groups like the Islamic State that they can pay ransoms without fear of prosecution, the first tangible policy change to result from the deaths of an array of U.S. captives in recent months.
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