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"My goodness, I thought we've held that the 14th Amendment protects all races," Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday during arguments on Michigan's constitutional amendment banning affirmative action. "I mean, that was the argument in the early years, that it protected only the blacks. But I thought we rejected that." (Associated Press)

Justice Scalia: 14th amendment for all, not 'only the blacks'

The Supreme Court appeared eager during oral arguments Tuesday to uphold a Michigan ban on affirmative action, with the justices even considering whether they would need to overrule previous precedents to make sure the state's color-blind school admissions requirement can remain in place. Published October 15, 2013

President Barack Obama, center, and Vice President Joe Biden, center left,  meet with Democratic Leadership in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Washington. Sitting with them are from left to right, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. The partial government shutdown is in its third week and less than two days before the Treasury Department says it will be unable to borrow and will rely on a cash cushion to pay the country's bills. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House GOP to push Obama, Biden into Obamacare

House Republicans on Tuesday narrowed their attack on Obamacare to the issue of fairness, insisting that President Obama and his top political appointees all have to buy their insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges as part of a new bill to end the government shutdown and extend the federal debt ceiling. Published October 15, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks away from the microphone during a news conference after a House GOP meeting on Capitol Hill,  Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in Washington. House GOP leaders Tuesday floated a plan to fellow Republicans to counter an emerging Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations. But the plan got mixed reviews from the rank and file, and it was not clear whether it could pass the chamber. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

House GOP unity breaks down over latest shutdown offer

House Republican leaders were searching for votes Tuesday to pass a debt increase and stopgap spending bill, facing a rebellion within their own ranks from lawmakers who felt their latest proposal to make two small dents in Obamacare wasn't enough of a victory. Published October 15, 2013

Two immigrant-rights protesters take part in an Oct. 14 demonstration in front of a detention facility in Eloy, Ariz., to try to block federal authorities from being able to deport the illegal immigrants being held there. (Courtesy of

Protesters chain themselves to stop deportations in Arizona

Immigrant-rights protesters have chained themselves in front of an detention facility in Eloy, Ariz., and planned to blockade the main federal immigration office in Phoenix later Monday, hoping to stop anyone from being deported. Published October 14, 2013

**FILE** People wait under a tree after they were detained by Border Patrol agents on June 25, 2013, at a field in Edinburg, Texas. Agents took into custody 69 people suspected of entering the country illegally. (Associated Press/The Monitor)

Bungling bureaucrats dole out billions in tax credits to illegal immigrants

The federal government's decision to pay out billions of dollars in tax credits to illegal immigrants likely was made by midlevel bureaucrats and has never received full congressional scrutiny, according to a study that the Center for Immigration Studies is releasing Monday. Published October 14, 2013

Charlene Gomez leads an orientation seminar for illegal immigrants in Los Angeles. Schools and consulates have been flooded with requests for documents since the Obama administration earlier this year said many young illegal immigrants may be eligible for two-year renewable work permits. (Associated Press)

Report: Tax credits to illegals likely from midlevel bureaucrats

The federal government's decision to pay out billions of dollars in tax credits to illegal immigrants likely was made by midlevel bureaucrats and has never received full congressional scrutiny, according to a study that the Center for Immigration Studies is releasing Monday. Published October 13, 2013

Mike Lauriente (right) of Howard County, Md., greets fellow World War II veteran Dale Nakken, who flew from Puget Sound, Wash., as they make their way to the World War II Memorial for the Million Vet March against the closure of the monument. Story, A12. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Lots of talk, little action on debt deal in Congress

Congress spent the weekend insisting that it will reach a deal to raise the federal government's borrowing limit by Thursday but making scant progress even as all sides tried to reassure itchy financial markets ahead of the stock market opening Monday. Published October 13, 2013

Visitors to Zion National Park take in the sights after the park opened on a limited basis Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 near Springdale, Utah.  Earlier Thursday, the Obama administration said it would allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks after a handful of governors made the request. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he reached an agreement to pay $166,000 a day to the Interior Department to open Utah's five national parks, while Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she'd consider paying for a partial reopening of Grand Canyon National Park.  (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)  DESERET NEWS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; MAGS OUT

Grand Canyon to reopen despite shutdown

Arizona and the federal Interior Department agreed Friday to reopen Grand Canyon National Park for at least a week, with the state ponying up $651,000 to fund the National Park Service's operations in the midst of the government shutdown. Published October 11, 2013

**FILE** A view of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is seen here on April 27, 2002. (Associated Press)

Utah, Colo. parks to reopen amid shutdown; Arizona still waiting

Utah has agreed to pay the federal government $1.7 million to open up eight national parks during the government shutdown, and the National Park Service officials said they would consider similar agreements with other states — but were apparently "dragging their feet" with Arizona. Published October 11, 2013

Tucson Police Department officers use pepper spray to force protesters back onto the sidewalk Tuedsday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Tucson, Ariz.  Tucson police used pepper spray to help disperse some of the more than 100 people protesting the detention of two immigrants who had been detained after a traffic stop.   (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Perla Trevizo)  ALL LOCAL TV OUT; PAC-12 OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Activists block buses, shut down immigration court in Tucson

Immigrant-rights activists said Friday morning they are blocking buses in Tucson, Ariz., filled with illegal immigrants who are on their way to be being sentenced to jail and then processed for deportation. Published October 11, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Reid says House debt offer won't work

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday that the six-week debt limit holiday House Republicans proposed is bad policy that would mean the government would be right back in the same situation soon. Published October 11, 2013

Michael Chertoff, a former Homeland Security secretary, says if more immigrants were granted deferred action, it doesn't solve the problem for businesses that would have to decide whether to hire them and could halt momentum toward a full legalization solution. (associated press photographs)

Obama urged not to expand nondeportation policy for immigrants

A bipartisan group of immigration reform advocates urged President Obama on Thursday not to use executive action to expand his Dream Act nondeportation policy to all illegal immigrants, saying it would not only be potentially illegal but could ruin the chances for a big bill to pass Congress. Published October 10, 2013