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“I wanted to make history here.”

Pro-Basketball player Kawhi Leonard plays for the Toronto Raptors and helped the team win their first NBA Championship ever, bringing the title of the American-based league to Canada. Leonard was awarded Finals MVP, becoming one of the few players to win this award for multiple teams (he also won it in 2014 when he played for the San Antonio Spurs).
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“I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated.”

NY Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D), the sponsor of a bill signed into law ending the religious exemption for vaccine requirements for schoolchildren. NY is the epicenter of one of the country’s largest measles outbreaks, concentrated in Orthodox Jewish communities. 45 states allow religious exemptions for vaccines; many are debating their exemption policies.
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“Her actions…erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.”

U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a federal watchdog agency, recommending Pres. Trump fire adviser Kellyanne Conway due to repeated violations of a law that prohibits executive branch workers from engaging in political activity, such as disparaging politicians of a competing party while speaking in her official WH role. This is reportedly the first time the office has recommended the removal of a WH officials over these violations.
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“These people want to work. They want the best outcome.”

Kim Kardashian West at the White House announcing a ride-sharing initiative with Lyft that will provide former inmates transportation to job interviews. Last year, Kardashian West advocated for the release of a woman serving a life sentence on non-violent drug charges, bringing attention to the White House’s criminal justice reform - an issue with bipartisan support. The First Step Act, passed last year, reduced sentences for non-violent offenders.
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“The most important job I’ll ever have is being a mom to my kids and it’s time for us to go home. Thank you Mr. President!”

WH Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave her role at the end of the month, becoming the latest high-level White House departure. Pres. Trump said she’d make a “fantastic” governor of Arkansas (following in her father’s footsteps); Sanders has yet to comment about her political future.
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“So, kids…Cheers!”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott holding up a glass of lemonade while signing a bill into law protecting the right of Texas children to sell lemonade on private property. Local laws had intentionally or unintentionally prevented kids from doing so. Several years ago, police shut down a lemonade stand for violating the state health code. The bill passed through both the Texas house and senate unanimously.
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“If ever there were a case that should be decided on the basis of a true and complete record, it is this one.”

ACLU lawyer Dale Ho asking the Supreme Court to delay a decision on a case heard in April on whether a citizenship question can appear on the 2020 Census. At stake: millions of dollars of federal money allocated to states based on population data. Critics of the law say the White House wants to deter respondents; supporters say the question will add to accuracy.
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“This man has been absolutely crushed.”

Lawyer Robert Fisher representing a former sailing coach at Stanford University accused of taking bribes in one of the largest college cheating scandals in U.S. history. John Vandemoer is the first offender sentenced in the scandal. For his role, he received a one-day prison sentence, probation (incl. house arrest) and a fine. He also lost his job, healthcare, and university housing.
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“We will reach the point soon, most likely this year, when more will have died from 9/11-related illnesses than on 9/11 itself.”

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asking the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate to consider a bill on additional funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Comedian Jon Stewart joined by first responders testified before Congress on Tuesday. House lawmakers moved the bill forward, though a vote in the House and Senate is TBD.
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“…they are being interrogated and we will continue deepening the investigation to get to the truth about what happened.”

Dominican Republic Chief Prosecutor Jean Alain Rodriguez on the arrest of 6 people in connection to the shooting of former Red Sox All-Star David Ortiz. Ortiz was shot while at a night club in his native Dominican Republic. The beloved baseball player was transported to Boston, where he remains in intensive care. The motive of the shooting is unknown.
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“We were part of showing the world that we would never back down from terrorism, and that we could all work together. No races. No colors. No politics.”

Ret. NYPD Detective & 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez testifying in front of Congress Tuesday for more funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) for those injured, sickened or killed during 9/11 or its aftermath at Ground Zero, and their families. Alvarez suffers from cancer related to his work after the terror attacks.
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“It’s an embarrassment to the country and a stain on this institution.”

Jon Stewart testifying in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee, criticizing the attendance by lawmakers and their attention to permanently fund the VCF program until 2090 (through the potential lifespan of the first responders and their children). The $7B fund is running out of money, meaning less or no compensation for thousands of claims. The bill, introduced last October, hasn’t advanced.
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“All these empty chairs, that’s because it’s for the full committee. It’s not because of disrespect or lack of attention to you.”

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) responding to Jon Stewart’s criticism. Only about half of the 14-member subcommittee was reportedly present. The bill will be voted on in committee Wednesday. It’s expected to pass and proceed to a full House vote after its “scored” (an estimate for its cost). A companion bill will also have to pass in the Senate.
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“The hot and mostly dry weather will increase the risk for wildfires.”

AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rathbun on the heatwave in the western United States – including California, a state that suffered from the most destructive, deadly wildfire in its history last year. Cities like San Francisco are seeing temperatures of 100 degrees – a rarity in the Bay Area and a first in the city for the month of June.
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“Lives are at risk because we do not have enough supplies.”

President of the Red Cross in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, Carlos Montiel, who says international aid organizations are severely limited because of actions by the Venezuelan gov't itself, including reportedly trying to spread false information about charities feeding the hungry. Gas shortages, power outages, stolen aid, and a failing economy has led a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
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“Japan wants to do as much as possible towards peace and stability in the region.”

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe before becoming the first Japanese leader to visit Iran in 40 years. He's meeting Wednesday with Iran's leaders amid rising tensions between the U.S. & Iran over a myriad of variables, including Iran's status as a state sponsor of terror and the future of the nuclear deal; the U.S. pulled out of the deal & Iran wants new terms with the remaining countries.
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“We’re likely to see more good news at the pump than bad for the foreseeable future.”

Senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.com, Patrick DeHaan, who says the average price of gasoline has dropped over the last 5 weeks -- decreasing in nearly every U.S. state. The reason: Lower oil prices due to lower demand and worries about economic growth. The takeaway: Lower gas prices for summer driving.
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“If you have ten people in a room who have not been vaccinated and someone with measles walk in, nine out of 10 will walk out with measles.”

Health & Human Services Sec. Alex Azar speaking about the highly contagious nature of measles, which has spread to 28 U.S. states. America has more than 1,000 cases of the disease – a 27-year high – after nearly eliminating transmission of the virus in 2000 with the use of vaccines.
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“Did you feel that rumble this morning Cleveland?”

Ohio Dept. of Transportation tweeting a video of an unusual earthquake that struck Ohio Monday morning. The 4.0 temblor’s epicenter was in Lake Erie, north of Cleveland. Earthquakes in Ohio are not unheard of, but this would reportedly be only the sixth 4.0 magnitude earthquake since the 1950s.
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“Less than 10 per cent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing the country will ban some single-use plastic products by 2021. Canada has yet to decide which products (ex: plastic straws) will be covered by the ban. Trudeau said Canada's plan was inspired by the EU's Parliament that voted for a similar proposal. Conservation isn't the only motivation behind this trend; China has stopped buying much of the world's trash.
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“He was very gracious.”

Former President Jimmy Carter speaking about President Trump, who called him after he sent him a letter sharing how the Carter administration dealt with Japan during trade tensions; the U.S. is currently engaged in trade talks with China. President Carter just returned to teaching Sunday school after breaking his hip. At 94, he’s the nation’s longest-living president.
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“The behavior by the Captain of the Russian destroyer in the Philippine Sea was irresponsible and reckless.”

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson after a U.S. Navy cruiser & Russian destroyer nearly collided Friday. Days earlier, a Russian fighter jet made "unsafe maneuvers" near an American aircraft in the Mediterranean. While not uncommon, the Navy says this provocative behavior by Russia puts lives at risk. Russia denies wrongdoing.
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“It’s hard to imagine a complete break of the United States from China or of China from the United States. We are not interested in this, and our American partners are not interested in this. President Trump is my friend…”

China's President Xi Jinping speaking in Russia Friday on the trade war between the world's two largest economies; the results will impact the global economy. Pres. Xi spoke of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin as his "best friend" days earlier.
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“If I didn’t come out now, I don’t know when I would have the chance to express my opinion again.”

Kiwi Wong, a 27 year-old protester in Hong Kong where massive public demonstrations took place Sunday against a bill that would allow easier extradition to mainland China for those accused of a crime. Protestors worry the law could lead to a crackdown on civil rights, like freedom of speech, by China's communist gov't. Supporters say it will help law enforcement.
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“Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

Father of the legendary former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz, Leo Ortiz, after his son was reportedly shot in his native Dominican Republic at a nightclub. Known as "Big Papi", Ortiz is a beloved 10x All-Star who helped the Red Sox win three World Series. Ortiz's dad says he is out of surgery and in stable condition. The alleged gunman was apprehended.
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“… we need Mexico to do more.”

Vice President Mike Pence speaking on Thursday after talks continue between the U.S. & Mexico regarding both trade and security. The U.S. wants Mexico to do more to stop the flood of illegal border crossers, mostly Central Americans, who travel through Mexico to the U.S. southern border. America has threatened tariffs in retaliation for inaction; Mexico is one of America’s largest trading partners.
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and our injured.”

Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, confirming the death of one cadet and injuries to 21 others caused by a vehicle turning over during a routine exercise. West Point is one of America’s most prominent military schools; the accident happened on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
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“We are committed to keeping our patients, health care providers, and all relevant parties informed as we learn more.”

Lab Quest Diagnostics responding to news of their data breach affecting the financial & medical records of nearly 12M people. The breach happened via a contractor for Quest, a medical billing collection agency; customer information Quest sent there may have been compromised. Quest Diagnostics says it serves approximately 1 out of 3 Americans every year.
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“It’s the plants that are going to bring us back to sanity.”

Susana Eager Valadez, Dir. of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival & Traditional Art, before Oakland, CA became the second U.S. city to vote to decriminalize the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms; Denver was the first in May. A republican lawmaker has introduced similar legislation in Iowa, raising questions about whether “magic mushrooms“ may be the next marijuana; a drug prohibited at the federal level, but decriminalized on a local level.
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“Cats of New York: Show me your claws.”

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) as New York becomes the first state to pass a law making it illegal to declaw cats (this involves amputating their toes to the first knuckle, not just removing their nails). Rosenthal worked on this legislation for years; the bill now heads to the governor's desk (and discretion) to sign into law. Supporters call declawing inhumane; critics say the decision should not be legislated, but left up to medical professionals.
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“I think the American people would think that Congress ought to earn it first.”

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) speaking against a spending bill proposed by House Democrats that would allow members of Congress to receive a raise. Currently lawmakers earn an annual base salary of $174,000 & haven’t received a pay raise or a cost of living adjustment in nearly a decade. Supporters say a raise is needed so not just the wealthy can afford to serve in Congress.
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“He was supposedly the good guy with the gun who was supposed to go in and meet the threat, and he let us all down.”

Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter died in the Parkland high school shooting last year. Prosecutors say the school’s security guard, Scot Peterson, chose not to confront the shooter. He now faces 11 criminal charges including child neglect. Peterson was the only other armed person on campus when a gunman opened fire on Feb 14, 2018 killing 17.
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“It might take some customers some adjustment, but it is part of a larger conversation of trying to get plastics out of our culture.”

CA Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) who is sponsoring a bill that would ban the use of single-use plastic hotel/hospitality bottles in the next several years. Some industry experts say hotels already seem on trend to use soap or shampoo dispensers. This follows bans on other items across the country, such as plastic bags and straws.
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“Every time we passed it we caught a fish.”

Anonymous South Carolina fisherman speaking about a package he pulled from the ocean with $1M worth of cocaine; no word on where the package came from or why the Mahi-mahi gathered around it. The fisherman alerted the Coast Guard who partnered with others, such as Customs and Border Protection, to investigate. Just last week, $1M of cocaine and marijuana washed up on along an Alabama beach.
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“The video is innocent, it’s not a big deal.”

Christiane, a mother in Brazil, sharing her story with the New York Times. Christiane’s 10-year-old daughter uploaded a video of her and a friend playing in a pool; the video soon got hundreds of thousands views. The NYT reports YouTube’s automatic recommendation system pushes seemingly innocent family videos to potential pedophiles. YouTube recently disabled comments on certain videos to protect against predators.
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“The Court declines to take sides in this fight between the House and the President.”

Federal Judge Trevor McFadden blocking House Democrats from suing Pres. Trump for using a national emergency declaration to reallocate military $$ to build a border wall. Judge McFadden, a Pres. Trump appointee, ruled Congress did not have the power to sue in this case, but said Congress did have other "political arrows in its quiver" to counter the President. Other legal challenges continue.
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“Tonight we celebrate an alliance that has helped to ensure the safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades, and which I believe will endure for many years to come.”

Queen Elizabeth II making a toast honoring the UK’s alliance with America during a state banquet hosting Pres. Trump & his family. Pres. Trump also made a toast, applauding the alliance & highlighting the Queen’s service as a mechanic during WWII. Pres. Trump's formal State Visit continues Tuesday.
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“No governor’s ever going to let her out.”

Lawyer Rich Pfeiffer reacting to news CA Gov. Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board recommendation to release his client, a former "Manson Family" member convicted of murder. Leslie Van Houten was 19-years-old when she participated in Charles Manson’s cult & crime spree. She’s been recommended for parole 3 times, all overturned by governors. Pfeiffer will take her case to an appeals court. A ruling is expected next month.
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“We can’t solve this problem without making peace with each other and showing mercy.”

Afghan Anwar Mazlomyar, a member of the 'People’s Peace Movement.' He is walking an est. 100 miles with about 3 dozen others to an area of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban to advocate for a ceasefire. A Taliban spokesman said the marchers won't be allowed in their territory. Peace talks between the U.S. & the Taliban have stalled.
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“high levels of network congestion.”

Google's explanation for a disruption in service that impacted several of its main platforms, including Gmail and YouTube. The company denies a cyberattack, but says it will continue to investigate the cause. Some estimates show Google dominates about 90% of worldwide internet searchers and impacts nearly 30% of all global email users.
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“He’s a mystery to us. He’s a mystery to everybody, apparently.”

Amanda Archer, a neighbor of the man responsible for killing 12 people at a Virginia Beach gov't office Friday. His motive remains unknown. The 40-year-old resigned in an email to his supervisor only hours before the shooting, but gave no known warning of the impending attack.
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“These levees were not built to sustain this high a flow for this long, and we are seeing problems and there more than likely will be more.”

Spokeswoman Laurie Driver, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District, speaking about a failed levee in Arkansas. More flooding is expected along the Arkansas & Mississippi Rivers. Some have criticized the Army Corps of Engineers for either the timing of releasing water from levees to prevent failure (causing, at times, more flooding) or not releasing water soon enough.
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“… the most phenomenal collection of super spellers in the history of this competition.”

The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee pronouncer Jacques Bailly ahead of declaring a historic 8-way tie. The 3-day competition ended after the winners correctly spelled 47 words in a row. All eight winners (12 to 14-years-old) will receive a $50,000 prize.
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“Your decision to vaccinate will protect your family’s health and your community’s well-being.”

CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D. with news America has 971 measles cases - the highest number since 1992 when 963 cases were reported for the *entire* year. More than half U.S. states have outbreaks, raising fears America will lose its measles "elimination status."
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“It was a privilege today to join my colleagues in voting to repeal capital punishment in the Granite State.”

New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy (D) as the state gov't ensures the repeal of the death penalty. New Hampshire hasn't executed an inmate in 80 years. It joins 20 states & the District of Columbia, all of which have repealed the death penalty.
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“Democracy is not a perfect system; it is the best one that we have so far.”

Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon on the announcement that voters will go to the polls twice in the same year for the first time in Israel's 71-year history. Voters re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April, but he was unable to form a coalition government. In Israel, like other parliamentary based governments, minority parties form coalitions in order to form a majority. 
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“I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision.”

Attorney General William Barr responding to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's statement that he was precluded from concluding whether or not the President obstructed justice due to an internal DOJ opinion that states a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. "The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could've reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity," Barr went on to say.
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“We’re not going to go live until we feel we can responsibly do that.”

Technology Director Robert LiPuma, of New York's Lockport City School District, one of the first in the nation testing facial & object recognition technology to identify flagged people, as well as reportedly 10 types of guns. The security plan, testing to launch during the next school year, has attracted the attention of lawmakers & privacy advocates who question its efficacy.
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“It’s a slow-motion disaster.”

Constable Steve Tidwell of Spring Township, Arkansas. Forecasters say communities along the Arkansas River will likely experience record flooding for at least the next week, possibly longer. Flooding remains a major problem in the Central U.S., as at least 8 states along the Mississippi River are experiencing flood levels not seen since "The Great Flood" of 1927.
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“I know there are many who feel just as strongly as I do on abortion and disagree with me — and I respect their opinions.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat running for re-election, voicing his support for a bill passed by the state legislature that would ban an abortion with few exceptions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, approx. 6 weeks into pregnancy. Several other states have passed similar laws with the support of Republican governors.
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“… if the brewer is having fun trying new things, then I’m probably having fun trying their beer.”

Author Jess Lebow who has written books on the craft beer industry sharing his opinion on the sometimes criticized trends of beer "experimentation" highlighted at the recent Strange Brew Festival in Reno, Nevada. Featured flavors included mac-n-cheese, along with peanut butter & pickle. The billion dollar craft beer industry has increased more than 90% in the last 5 years.
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“We are flirting in uncharted territory.”

National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Patrick Marsh on the spate of tornadoes churning through the central United States. Tuesday marked the 12th day of more than 8 tornadoes reported *everyday* - a record not seen, according to Marsh, in nearly 40 years.
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“If you oversupply, people will die.”

An attorney representing the state of Oklahoma, Brad Beckworth, in his opening remarks in a landmark case vs. Johnson & Johnson. Oklahoma accuses J&J of helping ignite the state's opioid epidemic by promoting its painkillers; J&J denies this, arguing its products help people in chronic pain & have warning labels. The first of its kind case will be closely watched as two large pharmaceutical companies settled with the state, avoiding trial.
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“Having created the constitutional right to an abortion, this court is duty bound to address its scope.”

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas writing in an opinion as America's highest court rules on an Indiana abortion law, allowing parts of it to stand while also deferring to a lower court decision. As states pass more restrictive abortion laws, a big question remains about which laws, if any, the Supreme Court will consider.
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“Sometimes you have to speak it into existence. Be careful what you ask for.”

Louisiana mother Chantelle Gary on her daughter receiving more than 139 college acceptance letters & nearly $9M in scholarships. Gary, a single mother, home-schooled her daughter until she enrolled in an accelerated high school/college program; Gary continues to home school other children. Read her story on our source page.
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