U.S. Vice President Joe Biden applauds President Barack Obama during the State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
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The Republicans’ abortion victory
by Irin Carmon

The headlines were about an abortion rebellion by GOP moderates. But on one major point, the anti-abortion activists have already won.

Obama’s top five State of the Union zingers
by Aliyah Frumin

In front of the new, Republican-controlled Congress, a forceful and determined President Obama used his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night to push for a program of “middle class economics.” With his pitch, also came a slew of zingers – some scripted and some ad-libbed – that received applause, laughter and some GOP scowls. Here’s a look at his five best lines.

The Grand Old Party … for the poor?
by Suzy Khimm

Both parties felt like they had something to prove in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s State of the Union address: Democrats want to be seen as saviors of the middle-class, and Republicans are trying cast themselves as the new defenders of America’s underclass. 

Scalia seems skeptical of bid to narrow key civil rights law
by Zachary Roth

The conservative justice appeared surprisingly skeptical Wednesday of claims that a landmark law barring discrimination in housing should be narrowed.

Workers file civil rights suit against McDonald’s
by Emma Margolin

High-ranking managers at three Virginia McDonald’s referred to their black employees as “too dark” and “ghetto” before firing them, a lawsuit alleges.

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