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A dream so long enjoyed cannot cease without hardship. But the psychological pain of diminishing hope seems to weigh heavily on the minds of North Carolina’s political Right. For the myriad operatives of our state’s organized right wing movement, the rising likelihood of Medicaid expansion is causing something akin to panic. For those who have long taken pride in obstinate rejectionism, an existential crisis is setting in at the prospect of making healthcare more affordable to the needy. Read more

Donald Trump promised he would, and did, appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices who “will be pro-life.” During the 2016 campaign Trump said reversal of Roe v. Wade would happen “automatically in my opinion” because he’d be nominating several justices. Friday that pledge came to fruition. The three judges Trump appointed joined three others. Read more

J. Michael Luttig is an orthodox conservative and loyal Republican, appointed to the federal bench by President Bush 41 and often mentioned as a possible Supreme Court nominee. So when he appeared before the Congressional committee investigating the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, his words of warning carried extra weight. Read more

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PHOENIX (AP) — The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and …

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Forty-six people were found dead after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer on a remote back road in San Antonio in the latest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico to the U.S. Sixteen people were hospitalized, including four children.

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KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Russia “cannot and should not win” the war in Ukraine, a day after a Russian missile attack on a crowded shopping mall that killed 18 put the conflict's terrible toll on full view.