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Medicaid Enrollees May Have Harder Time Finding a  Doctor

The estimated 9.1 million Americans who enrolled in Medicaid last year under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion may have a more difficult time finding a primary care doctor in 2015.

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States Aren't Embracing Powdered Alcohol

States are not exactly bellying up to the bar to embrace powdered alcohol.

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SCOTUS Won't Decide on Juvenile Life-Without-Parole Ruling (Yet)

Life in prison without parole cases don't usually have happy endings. This is not true, however, for George Toca. 

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Supreme Court to Decide How Much Force on Pretrial Detainees is Excessive

Since the 1980s (and arguably the 1970s) the U.S. Supreme Court has been clear: A pretrial detainees’ right to be free from excessive force derives from the 14th Amendment’s due process clause.

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Promises, Promises - They Don't Apply in Retiree Benefits Case

For more than three decades the U.S. Supreme Court let a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision stand that retiree health care benefits are presumed to vest.

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A Bridge Back Home: The President's Six-Year Transportation Funding Plan

While President Obama's FY 2016 budget proposal would impact nearly every facet of American life, one area of particular focus the administration put forth was a six-year reauthorization of federal surface transportation programs.

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Eye on the Environment in the President’s 2016 Budget Request

President Obama has spent much of his presidency touting the necessity for climate change control and pollution reductions, so it comes as no surprise that his budget request released Monday reflects this ideology. 

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Lethal Injection: What May States Do When a Drug of Choice is Unavailable?

The answer is obvious: use another drug.  But is it constitutional?  That is what the Supreme Court will decide in the death penalty case Glossip v. Gross.  

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Child Care in America: Yesterday, Today and in the Future

A pair of recent reports highlight the overall costs associated with child care including child care provider wages over 25 years.

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Supreme Court Rules Prisons Must Allow Half-Inch Beards for Religious Reasons

To the casual U.S. Supreme Court watcher Holt v. Hobbs will probably be known and remembered more for John Oliver’s rendition of the oral argument featuring dogs posed as Supreme Court Justices rather than what the Court held.

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