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Debate Prep, the Domestic Policy Round

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The first of three presidential debates will take place today at the University of Colorado in Denver and focus on domestic policy. Here's a list of the best pieces we've published about each candidate's domestic-policy agenda. Economy (AP Photo/David Goldman) Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Monday, October 1, 2012, in Denver. Obama Obama's Squandered Economy , Rich Yeselson Is Obama Too Calm Before the Storm? , Tim Fernholz Barack Obama's Theory of Power , Robert Kuttner Romney Mitt Romney, Servant of the Right , Jamelle Bouie Why "Knowing How the Economy Works" Is Not Enough , Paul Waldman Health Care (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington. When you vote in November 2012, you'll be voting for more than a president; you'll be...

Other NASA Firsts

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

Slideshow Other NASA Firsts At 10:32 PM PST last night, NASA announced that the Curiosity Rover had safely landed in the Gale Crater on Mars. Here's a slide show of great photos from NASA history, from one taken by the first Lunar Orbiter to a picture of Mars's surface sent back from the Curiosity Rover last night.

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. Slideshow "The Largest Drought in 50 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. #otherSCOTUSpredictions — Josh Greenman (@...

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 ,...