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NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: 'I do think laws have been broken'

(CNN) — The Democratic New Jersey legislator leading an investigation into Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration says he believes laws were broken when the governor’s aides ordered lane closures at the nation’s busiest bridge. 40 more words

Chris Christie

Utah to appeal same-sex marriage ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

(CNN) — Utah officials will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower-court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in the state, the state attorney general’s office said Thursday. 30 more words

Same-sex Marriage

Four things we learned from government shutdown

(CNN) — Whew, it’s all over, folks — the twin crises of government shutdown and national default countdown. At least for now.

This one wasn’t easy. 27 more words

Government Shutdown

Five good examples of citizens, philanthropies filling void of shutdown

(CNN) — Ours is a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

It may be time to add turned over to the people, too — if the volunteerism of a few kind people, companies and philanthropies is any indication.

Government Shutdown

Hillary Clinton defends Obamacare against Republicans' 'bad politics'

(CNN) — Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended Obamacare against “a noisy minority” in Congress and described some Republicans’ legislative tactics to defund the landmark program as “deeply distressing” and “bad politics.” 27 more words

Hillary Clinton

U.S. asks Ecuador to reject any asylum request from Edward Snowden

(CNN) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden asked Ecuador “to please reject” the request for asylum from self-avowed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, according to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. 37 more words

Joe Biden

Obama honors girls killed in 1963 church bombing

(CNN) — President Barack Obama on Friday awarded posthumous Congressional Gold Medals to four African-American girls killed in a Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing that became a key and tragic moment of the civil rights movement. 25 more words

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