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Other NASA Firsts

From the first Lunar Orbiter to the just-landed Curiosity Rover, a slide show of great moments in NASA's history.

A Devastating Drought

Across the Midwest and the South, crops fail and farmers suffer from the driest conditions in 50 years.

The widest drought to grip the United States in 50 years is getting worse with no signs of abating. Government agencies report that 71 percent of the country is experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions since June, double the area as last summer—when, for perspective, the drought resulted in $12 billion of losses in the Southern Plains and Southwest. Some climatologists are referring to this year's drought as a "flash drought" because lack of rainfall has led to drought conditions over a few months, rather than over seasons or years...


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In anticipation of today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Twitter users took to levity, making humorous predictions about what the justices would rule. Here are the top ten: Court rules 6-3 that the middle seat is entitled to BOTH armrests. #otherSCOTUSpredictions — Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) June 28, 2012 5-4 Justices rule that broccoli has the same free speech rights as people #otherSCOTUSpredictions — Dahlia Lithwick (@Dahlialithwick) June 28, 2012 5-4, Supreme Court rules "justice is not blind." But, Roberts notes in majority opinion, "it may be deaf." #otherSCOTUSpredictions — David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 28, 2012 8-1 removing baby from the corner, with Alito dissenting that removal could infringe on baby’s 1st amendment rights. #otherSCOTUSpredictions — amaeryllis (@amaeryllis) June 28, 2012 8-1, rule that (Roberts writing majority opinion) "this court should stay friends no matter what." Scalia dissents. #...

The Fate of Health-Care Reform

In anticipation of the Supreme Court's historic ruling on the Affordable Care Act tomorrow, we've collected the Prospect's most important pieces about the law and its fate at the Supreme Court.

Ten Reasons American Health Care is So Bad , Ezra Klein (November 2007) Of all the countries surveyed in a recent poll, Americans were the least likely to report relative satisfaction with their health care. Here are ten major ways our system is failing us. The Cost of Delayed Reform , Harold Pollack (July 2010) The temporary federal high-risk pools won't reach most of the medically uninsured. Is Roberts the Real Swing Vote on the Affordable Care Act? , Adam Serwer (February 2011) Why the Chief Justice might vote to uphold the ACA. The Medicare Bind , Paul Starr (September 2011) Democrats should defend Medicare. But if they want to accomplish much else, they will have to change it. The Court Will Rule—And Then? , Harold Meyerson (November 2011) No matter the outcome, a judicial review of the Affordable Care Act can only hurt Democrats. Will the Supreme Court Overturn Obamacare? , The Monkey Cage (November 2011) Two political scientists calculate the probabilities. In Dire Health...

On the Ground in Wisconsin

We'll keep you updated throughout the day of what's happening in the high-profile recall election.

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