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Rally for Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Representative Ayanna Pressley speaks to abortion rights supporters organized by the Center for Reproductive Rights during a rally at the U.S. Supreme Court during the hearing of oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Washington.

Justices signal they may toss Roe, allow new abortion limits

The Supreme Court’s six conservative justices, hearing the biggest challenge to abortion rights in decades, have indicated they will uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

People demonstrated in front of the US Supreme Court on Wednesday in Washington, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability.

Supreme Court seems poised to uphold Mississippi abortion law

The Supreme Court seemed poised Wednesday to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, in what would be a momentous and polarizing decision to roll back the abortion rights the court has defined over the last half-century.

Jeffrey Clark.

Jan. 6 panel votes to hold former DOJ official in contempt

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 US Capitol insurrection voted Wednesday to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who refused to answer the committee’s questions — but the panel agreed to let him come back for another try.

Moderna, which is based in Cambridge, has been pressured to share its vaccine-making technology with others so doses can be more rapidly produced.

Biden faces new pressure on vaccine equity as Omicron variant reveals perils of global gap

Many health experts have warned that a failure by rich countries and manufacturers to distribute COVID-19 vaccines widely enough throughout the developing world would create opportunities for the spread of new variants.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Senate Republicans threaten government shutdown over vaccine mandates

A group of Senate Republicans is threatening to delay action on a spending bill needed to avert a lapse in federal funding on Friday unless it also bars enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine-and-testing mandate for large employers, heightening the threat of a government shutdown.

Pedestrians wearing face masks against the coronavirus.

US identifies first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in traveler who returned to California

The infected person was identified as a traveler who had returned from South Africa on Nov. 22, developed mild symptoms, and tested positive Monday.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker left the stage after speaking to the press about his decision not to run for a third term.

With Charlie Baker out, the three most immediate questions about the governor’s race now

Here are three questions that will drive the next period of the Massachusetts governor’s race.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., plays a recording of a death threat left on her voicemail in the wake of anti-Islamic comments made last week by Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., who likened Omar to a bomb-carrying terrorist, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

Following anti-Muslim comments by Boebert, Democrats call on House GOP to take action

House Democrats are calling on House Republicans to condemn Islamophobia within their ranks after a series of incendiary comments aimed at Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, one of the few Muslim lawmakers in Congress.