5:05 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation

President Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Thursday.
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Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:01 pm

After six years of often bitter back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over the issue of immigration, President Obama announced he has decided to go it alone by temporarily shielding up to 5 million immigrants from being deported.

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6:47 am
Tue November 18, 2014

With Grand Jury Decision Looming, Nixon Declares State Of Emergency

Gov. Jay Nixon announces his intention to use the National Guard to assist with protests in Ferguson on Nov. 11, 2014.

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:03 pm

(Updated at 9 p.m., Mon., Nov. 17)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard to protect “the two pillars: safety and speech’’ that he says could be tested in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision regarding the August police shooting that killed teenager Michael Brown. 

"Our goal is to keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard,'' Nixon said Monday night in a conference call with reporters.

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:40 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Judge Declares Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Lilly Leyh and Sadie Pierce were the first couple in St. Louis to get their marriage license after a state court judge struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage on Nov. 5. A federal court did the same on Nov. 7

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:58 pm

Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from plaintiff Kyle Lawson.

Two days after a state judge in St. Louis came to the same conclusion, a federal judge in Kansas City has struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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11:28 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Group Files Papers To Put Marijuana Legalization On Mo. Ballot

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

In 2016, Missouri voters may have the opportunity to vote on the legalization of marijuana. The group Show-Me Cannabis filed an initiative with Missouri’s Secretary of State to include the issue on the ballot. If Secretary of State Jason Kander approves their initiative, Show-Me Cannabis plans to gather 300,000 signatures of support from 6 out of the 8 congressional districts. They are required to have a minimum of 160,000 registered voters sign their petition. The organization will go for an amendment to the constitution instead of a proposition.

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Same Sex Marriage
10:46 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Court Rules Against Missouri's Gay Marriage Ban

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:27 pm

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET

A federal judge in Missouri has ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, adding to an already confusing mix of contradictory decisions that is sure to propel the issue to the Supreme Court.

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