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Bessent: Supreme Court takes a pass on affirmative action

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Anyone who hoped for a blockbuster affirmative action ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Monday has to be horribly frustrated. The court took a pass.

With the hot issues of same sex marriage, the Defense of Marriage Act and the Voting Rights Act, all queued up for decisions in the next few days, court watchers now have to entertain the possibility that what has the makings of an historic court...

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Bessent: Supreme Court clears the way for cheaper generic drugs

The Federal Trade Commission says deals delaying generic

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If you buy prescription drugs, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling announced Monday will likely save you money. The top court's decision allowed federal regulators to go after pharmaceutical companies that pay their rivals to temporarily keep less expensive generic drugs off the market. The Federal Trade commissiion estimates so-called pay-to-delay deals cost consumers about $3.5 billion a year. Brand...

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Dolman: Rosa Parks statue, voting rights case illustrate ongoing fight for civil rights

President Barack Obama and leaders of Congress unveil

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Chalk up a nice win and a bizarre moment for civil rights on Capitol Hill yesterday. Supporters unveiled a life-size statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol, providing a reason for all Americans to cheer. The ceremony shows that Congress -- while stupefied by its own challenges -- at least is willing to honor someone who stepped up and took on the challenges of her time.

Parks, of course,...

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