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The Supreme Court drew a crowd as justices heard arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Obama's health care overhaul that could halt insurance premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the marketplaces. (Associated Press)

Obamacare foes seek end to losing streak at Supreme Court

- The Washington Times

Obamacare opponents have been on a losing streak in federal courts over the past year, suffering setbacks as judges have ruled against them on challenges to the health care law’s constitutionality and efforts to carve out protections from its birth control rules on faith-based employers.

"ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately," said Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul. "And most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS." (Associated Press)

Rand Paul breaks from GOP rivals with jab at ‘hawks’

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that the “hawks” within his own Republican Party helped arm the Islamic State terrorists who are now threatening the U.S. and its interests in the region, reigniting a fierce GOP debate over the nation’s role in the world.

A Russia-backed rebel take aim on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. The situation in eastern Ukraine has remained tense and skirmishes between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists have continued. Vice President Joseph R. Biden said that ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a key test of U.S. and European leadership. (Associated Press photographs)

Joseph Biden: Ending Ukraine war a key test for U.S., Europe

- The Washington Times

Joseph R. Biden said Wednesday that ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a key test of U.S. and European leadership for this generation — but specialists say the vice president laid out no new American strategy for countering Russian aggression, and the Obama administration seems content on staying the course with economic sanctions and continued diplomatic outreach to Moscow.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to South Carolina House Democratic Women's Caucus and Women's Council, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.  (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Hillary Clinton’s tradition: Increase spending by $226 billion

- The Washington Times

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign tends to be long on marketing but often short on substance in such matters — prompting the National Taxpayers Union Foundation to seek insight through Mrs. Clinton’s actual legislative record during her eight years as a U.S. senator from New York. The watchdog group found that her average legislative agenda would have increased federal spending by $226 billion per year.

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Ricketts vetoes driver's licenses bill for immigrant youth

- Associated Press

Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed a bill Wednesday that would end Nebraska's status as the only state to ban driving privileges for young people brought to the country illegally as children but allowed to stay under a federal program.

Police opposition stalls Texas' open carry handgun bill

- Associated Press

Fierce opposition from police across the state on Wednesday derailed an effort that would allow people to openly carry handguns on the streets of Texas in a move that could prevent the measure from passing this legislative session.

Highlights from around the Capitol

Associated Press

Fierce opposition from police across the state on Wednesday derailed efforts to pass a bill allowing open carry of handguns on the streets of Texas, a significant delay that could threaten its passage before Monday's end of the legislative session.

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey speaks at FBI headquarters in Washington. As Congress debates whether to renew a program that collects and stores American phone records, federal law enforcement officials are trying to focus public attention on the jeopardy to lesser-known surveillance tools that they consider more valuable in fighting terrorism.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

FBI: Surveillance tools in jeopardy amid Patriot Act debate

- Associated Press

As Congress wrestles over renewing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records, federal law enforcement officials are warning that legal authority is also at risk for lesser-known surveillance tools that are even more valuable in fighting terrorism.

US won't seek high court review in immigration case

Associated Press

The government will not ask the Supreme Court to review a judge's decision that put on hold President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the Justice Department said Wednesday.