Lauren Hodges

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National Portrait Gallery Won't Remove Bust Of Planned Parenthood Founder

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The National Portrait Gallery says it has no plans to heed calls by conservatives and anti-abortion activists to remove a bust of Margaret Sanger from an exhibit on civil rights. Sanger, who died in 1966, was an early supporter and activist for the birth control movement and the founder of ...


Kentucky Clerk's Office Continues To Refuse Marriage Licenses

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Kentucky county clerk's office denied a marriage license for a same-sex couple on Thursday, despite a federal appeals court ruling the night before that upheld a judge's order compelling her to issue the licenses.

Citing religious objections, Kim Davis of Rowan County has refused to issue any marriage licenses ...


'Million Moms March' Walks Washington To Protest Police Violence

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Mothers from around the country gathered in the nation's capital Saturday to protest police brutality in a march from Capitol Hill to the Justice Department.

The Facebook page for the Million Moms March on Washington event is overflowing with posts by mothers who lost their children to violent encounters ...


Judge Rules U.S. Must Release Photos Of Prisoner Abuse In Iraq, Afghanistan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A U.S. district judge ruled Friday that the U.S. must release photos of American soldiers inflicting abuse on prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The ruling is a victory for The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit against the government in 2004, seeking the release of the photos. ...


Clintons Face Scrutiny Ahead Of Hillary's Campaign Announcement

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Addressing a crowd at the Clinton Global Initiative University at Miami University in Coral Gables, Fla. on Saturday, former president Bill Clinton discussed the Clinton Foundation's decision to accept donations from foreign governments. The foundation's choice is questioned by critics as a possible conflict of interest, especially since some ...


FBI Director To Address Law Enforcement's Relationship With Minorities

Thursday, February 12, 2015

FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to speak at Georgetown University this morning about recent violent incidents involving police officers in minority communities.

In a speech entitled "Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race," Comey plans to highlight research suggesting a bias against blacks among majority white communities — a bias ...


As Temperatures Drop, Shelter Needs For Homeless Families Rise

Friday, February 06, 2015

D.C.'s new mayor Muriel E. Bowser surprised advocates for the homeless in the district when she filed an emergency motion late Thursday, hoping to end a mandatory demand to provide all homeless families a private room when temperatures drop below freezing.

The Washington Post reported Friday the mayor and ...


New House Leadership Passes A Tax Cut 'Scoreboard'

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

In a move to cement their party's fiscal ideology, Republicans used the first vote of the new Congress to change the rules for estimating the economic consequences of major legislation.

"Dynamic scoring" is an analysis that requires macroeconomic projections be used when analyzing major bills. Republicans argue, for example, that ...


Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Gets 2 Years In Prison

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Updated at 4:02 p.m. ET

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced today to two years in prison for public corruption.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer said McDonnell must report to prison on Feb. 9. Spencer said he was moved by the support for the former governor, but "a ...


Republicans Sort Their Priorities For The New Congress

Monday, December 29, 2014

The 114th Congress convenes on Jan. 6 and GOP leaders are preparing their to-do list for the new year, when they will control both chambers. The November elections were a victory for Senate and House Republicans and the change in Congressional leadership will mean a new legislative landscape for President ...


Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver's Licenses For 'Dreamers'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Arizona hoped an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would prevent the state from having to grant driving permits to young undocumented immigrants, also known as "dreamers," who entered the country as children. A federal appeals court ruled in July of this year that Arizona must start issuing the licenses ...


Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

In what The Associated Press called a "final flurry of accomplishment" Tuesday night, lawmakers were able to push through a bill that extended a package of tax breaks, which had expired at the end of 2013, and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees. NPR's Ailsa Chang reported the confirmations also ...


Congress Clashes Over Release Of CIA 'Torture Report'

Monday, December 08, 2014

Leaders on Capitol Hill are at odds regarding a report on CIA methods — including torture — used to extract information in the so-called war on terror.

Chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been fighting for the release of her 480-page executive summary of the report ...


Republicans Debate: Fight The President Now, Or Fight Him Later?

Monday, December 01, 2014

Congress returns for its final session of the year on Monday afternoon, and lawmakers have a big to-do list ahead before they can adjourn for the holidays.

First on the agenda is a government spending bill, which needs to be finished before Dec. 11, the expiration date for the current ...


Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she ruled the Federal Election Committee was too loosely enforcing a campaign finance regulation passed in 2007, allowing some big-money donors to remain anonymous.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act required the identification ...


Uber Exec In Hot Water After Suggesting A Journalist Smear Campaign

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The popular ride-service company Uber is in damage control mode after a senior vice president expressed interest in unveiling details about the private lives of journalists in retaliation for unflattering coverage of Uber's business practices.

Buzzfeed reported Monday that Emil Michael, who says he believed his comments were off ...


Photos From Around The Snow-Covered Country This Week

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winterlike weather hit the West and Midwest, and it hit hard. Northern areas of Wisconsin saw up to 18 inches of snow, while central Michigan was left shoveling through more than 16 inches. The freeze is expected to hit the East Coast after some unseasonably warm weather there this week. ...


John Doar Remembered As A Civil Rights Pioneer

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The news of attorney John Doar's death at 92 on Tuesday sent a wave of solemnity through the country, prompting multiple obituaries detailing his extensive work fighting discrimination and working for racial equality during the 1960s and '70s.

Known for his work in the Justice Department as the top civil ...


A Family's Fall Harvest Blooms In 'A Kitchen In France'

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

France and its beloved cuisine come with more than a few cliches: the butter, the frog legs, the snooty chef twirling a curled mustache. To outsiders, it's part of the French identity.

But anyone who regularly cooks French food (or has at least attempted it) knows it's rarely that simple ...


3 American Teens Reportedly Suspected Of Trying To Join ISIS

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Three Denver teens were stopped at a German airport and sent home to the U.S. Their disappearance was originally treated as a standard runaway case.