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Supreme Court decides Fisher v. University of Texas...again

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June 28, 2013
Three years ago, the Supreme Court sent an affirmative action case involving college admissions back to a lower court and said "strict scrutiny" should be applied when examining the University of Texas's race-based policy.
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Charleston Church Shooting

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June 19, 2015
Early Sunday morning, 49 people were killed and 53 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and it came just one year after a white gunman opened fired during a Bible study at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people. The Florida shooting once again raises questions about gun violence, hate crimes, and what lawmakers are prepared to do to prevent the next mass shooting.
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Donald Trump's Campaign Anniversary

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June 19, 2015
One year ago, Donald Trump launched his unlikely campaign for the Republican nomination. Within weeks, he was leading the polls as the frontrunner, a position he would maintain until becoming the presumptive GOP nominee in May. "We’ll see how long he stays in," The Washington Post's Dan Balz said days after Trump entered the race with a speech that said Mexican immigrants are "bringing in drugs" and are "rapists."
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How Obama & Clinton found Unity for Democrats

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June 27, 2008
Less than three weeks after Hillary Clinton ended her 2008 presidential campaign, she stood on a stage with Barack Obama in Unity, New Hampshire, in an effort to bring the Democratic Party together after a bruising primary fight. Now, eight years later, Clinton once again wants to bring Democrats together after a long primary campaign. Only this time its her campaign that came out on top.
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Continuing to fight for the Democratic nomination

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May 23, 2008
With less than a month left until the last presidential primary, Hillary Clinton holds a nearly-insurmountable delegate lead over her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. As her campaign frequently points out, her nearly-300 pledged delegate lead is greater than the less-than-200 delegates she trailed Barack Obama at the same point in 2008. Despite the long odds, Clinton refused to suspend her campaign until every state voted, which is one of the reasons Clinton hasn't publicly called for Sanders to get out.
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Is there room for a third-party candidate?

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March 22, 1996
Now that Donald Trump is the last Republican standing in a 17-candidate field and the party's presumptive nominee, some in the GOP establishment are talking about the possibility of an independent candidate mounting a campaign to carry the conservative message. 2012 nominee Mitt Romney is among the high-profile Republicans pushing such a run. But the deadline to make a decision for a serious run is coming up quickly. In fact, some state filing deadlines to be on the ballot have already passed.
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China's Cyber Spying

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May 28, 1999
Threats of state-sponsored cyber spying from China are nothing new. In 1999, Congress released a report alleging China was responsible for years of espionage and stealing U.S. nuclear secrets. As Haynes Johnson explained on Washington Week, the threat didn't come from traditional spies, but was a threat "in cyberspace." "It's about computers," he said.
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Anita Hill testifies at Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings

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October 11, 1991
In October 1991, the nation watched as law professor Anita Hill recounted the sexual harassment she faced from Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas when they worked together at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, charges Thomas denied. On Washington Week, Gloria Borger described Hill's hours-long testimony "astonishing."
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1998 Capitol Hill Shooting

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July 24, 1998
In July 1998 a gunman killed two Capitol Police officers in the deadliest shooting incident at the Capitol. On the day of the shooting, the Washington Week panelists reflected on the security inside the Capitol where "once you're through [security], you can run into Ted Kennedy or Newt Gingrich."
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