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Can officers in Freddie Gray case get impartial juries in Baltimore?
Judge Barry Williams ruled Wednesday that the officers will be tried separately, but a bigger decision looms: In a hearing next week, the judge will address a defense motion to move the trials out of Baltimore.

New Ferguson report offers lessons on police's handling of mass protests
On Thursday, the Justice Department will release a report that highlights the missteps of law enforcement's handling of mass demonstrations following the Aug. 9, 2014, shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Obama secures Iran deal victory in Senate: what changed Democrats' minds
President Obama now has enough votes in the Senate to fend off any Republican opposition to the Iran deal. But many Democrats came around reluctantly and only after an unusually thorough and wrenching examination of the issues.

Are Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden both bitten by 'Schrödinger’s cat'?
The phrase 'Schrödinger’s cat' has had more than nine lives, not just in quantum physics but also in the language of political analysis, especially recently. 

Pentagon makes 'obvious' choice, opens Ranger School to women permanently (+video)
After two women passed Ranger School last month as part of an experiment, the Pentagon has permanently opened Ranger School to female soldiers, abandoning a planned review of the subject later this year.

Come on – Joe Biden is already running (+video)
Vice President Joe Biden is actively participating in the larger search for Democratic Party support that experts call 'the invisible primary.'

Audio, video recordings shed light on police shooting of Texas man
Recently released evidence reveals new details on the circumstances surrounding last week's shooting of Gilbert Flores by two veteran deputies in Bexar County, Texas.

Pope to speak as pastor, not lobbyist on D.C. visit, cardinal says
Pope Francis has spoken out on capitalism, the death penalty, global warming, and migrants' rights. But he is not coming to D.C. this month to participate in politics, the Archbishop of Washington said.

How the Planned Parenthood controversy affects the abortion debate
Is the ongoing dispute over the Planned Parenthood videos contributing to a misleading view of abortion?

Are Donald Trump and Ben Carson closet Democrats? (+video)
Both Donald Trump and Ben Carson have registered as Democrats in the past, and both have a history of liberal positions. 

California ends indefinite solitary confinement. Will more states follow? (+video)
Prisoner-rights advocates are hoping a settlement that effectively brings an end to indefinite solitary confinement in California will inspire other states to do the same.

Why a high school student's use of a girls' restroom sparked community debate
Hillsboro High School student, Lila Perry, sparked a debate over transgender rights when she decided to use the girls bathroom at school.

Protesters amass outside first hearing for Baltimore cops in Freddie Gray death
Security has been enhanced as protesters gather outside the first hearing for six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

After 30 years in prison, brothers awarded $750,000 each for wrongful conviction
The half-brothers who were pardoned after three decades in prison will have a compensation hearing Wednesday. The two men could receive a combined total of $1.5 million compensation for wrongful conviction.

The defiant Kim Davis: religious stalwart or hidebound bureaucrat?
County clerk Kim Davis has made a name for herself denying federal court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Ms. Davis argues the First Amendment allows her to cite her religious beliefs as reason for noncompliance.

Amid massive Illinois manhunt, a community remembers 'true American hero'
Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was fatally shot while pursuing three men on Tuesday in Illinois. A massive manhunt is underway for individuals involved in the shooting.

Why Joe Biden is fund-raising in Florida

Are Trump, Carson, and Fiorina the 'Mod Squad' of 2016?
Carly Fiorina is now set to appear on the main stage at the next GOP debate, alongside Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

Abortion edict: Pope Francis stresses mercy amid culture clashes
Pope Francis has designated 2016 to be an 'Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy' – a rare yearlong period in which the Roman Catholic church emphasizes forgiveness of sins and universal pardon.

California's big shift on solitary confinement points to US justice rethink
Some 1,500 California inmates will be let out of solitary confinement according to a new settlement. It's just one example of changing views on the issue nationwide.