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Utah’s very interesting path to statehood

On this day in 1896, Utah became the 45th state, after numerous attempts over nearly 50 years to achieve statehood. Between 1847 and 1868, about 60,000 Mormon emigrants traveled across the country, most on foot in handcart companies. When the initial company arrived in what is now the Salt Lake Valley, their leader, Brigham Young, […]

Clinton soars, Palin plummets in most-admired survey

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sets a record in Gallup’s annual most-admired survey, while Sarah Palin falls farther off the popularity radar. Gallup has run its most-admired man and woman survey since World War II, and in the 2012 edition, Clinton and President Barack Obama kept their top positions among those asked a simple question: […]

NCAA’s power at heart of Corbett’s lawsuit over Penn State

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is taking the National Collegiate Athletic Association to federal court in a case that could have far-reaching effects beyond the Penn State child-abuse scandal. Initially, there were reports that the state would challenge the NCAA directly on federal antitrust grounds, and while that may happen at some point, officials only said […]

Constitution Check: Do profit-making corporations have religious rights?

Lyle Denniston looks at one company’s claim it has religious rights that exempt it from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement for free birth-control services. The statements at issue: “This Court has not previously addressed [religious freedom] or free exercise claims brought by closely held for-profit corporations and their controlling shareholders alleging that the mandatory provision […]