Activists holds signs during a protest in front of the Hale Boggs Federal Building, Feb. 25, 2013.
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Carter went on to say that colleges and universities were putting their institutional reputations ahead of the well-being of victims of sexual assault. Read more about his comments here.

Democratic Senator Patty Murray said of the bill’s defeat, “This isn’t over, equal pay for equal work is going to remain at the forefront of our agenda in the months ahead, and we aren’t going to let Republicans off the hook on an issue this important.” Read about the vote here.

The 2010 explosion of a BP oil rig left 11 workers dead and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the environment. Learn more about the spill’s effects on animals in the region here. 

There is a parallel federal investigation into the bridge lane closures. Read more about the judge’s decision here.