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5 things to know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act

Civil Rights ActOn July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most significant civil rights achievements in U.S. history. This new law made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; It ended school, work and public facility discrimination, and barred unequal application of voter registration requirements.

Five hours after Congress approved the law, Johnson signed it, then turned and handed pens to various key figures in getting the legislation passed, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy. He went on to address the country in a nationally televised address, saying the law was a challenge for the United States to "eliminate the last vestiges of injustice in our beloved country."

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Facebook study manipulated News Feeds in January 2012 to investigate emotional contagion

Facebook-More than 680,000 Facebook users were part of a psychology experiment in January 2012 without their knowledge.

In order to investigate whether the emotions of other social media users could lead "people to experience the same emotions without their awareness," researchers manipulated 689,003 users' News Feeds to show statuses that were especially positive or negative.

The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in an article called "Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks."

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White House will ask Congress for new powers to tackle immigration surge

WH seeks immigration powersThe White House is preparing an emergency request to Congress for additional powers to enable the fast-track deportation of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing the US border illegally, a move that could bypass protections introduced by the the Bush administration.

President Barack Obama has called the surge of minors pouring across Mexico border and into the Rio Grande Valley a “humanitarian crisis” and has ordered officials to open emergency shelters on military bases and increase the number of border agents.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88

Howard BakerTennessee Sen. Howard Baker, who served as Senate majority leader in the 1980s and chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, has died at 88,

Baker died at his home on Thursday due to complications from a stroke he suffered on Saturday, according to the firm, where Baker was senior counsel. Baker's death was also announced on the floor of the Senate by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who called him "one of the Senate's most towering figures."

The Associated Press describes Baker as: "The scion of a political family, Baker served 18 years in the Senate, winning widespread respect from Republicans and Democrats alike and rising to the post of majority leader."

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Republican Senator Susan Collins endorses same-sex marriage

Susan Collins-Maine Republican Susan Collins became the fourth sitting GOP senator to publicly come out in favor of same-sex marriage, announcing her support Wednesday.

Collins publicly announced her support for same-sex marriage after the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest LGBT advocacy group, endorsed her re-election over Democrat challenger Shenna Bellows.

"A number of states, including my home state of Maine, have now legalized same-sex marriage, and I agree with that decision," Collins explained to the Bangor Daily News.

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Congress poised to approve $41m to clear backlog of untested rape kits

Cpngress to fund rape kit processingThe US Congress is on the verge of approving an additional $41m in grants to process tens of thousands of unprocessed sexual assault DNA kits, adding to the $1.2bn the federal government has spent over 10 years trying to reduce a nationwide backlog.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on Tuesday on a bill that passed the House last month.

“It is a travesty when communities are terrorized and innocent people are victimized simply because evidence that could be used to prevent these crimes sits untested on a shelf somewhere," said Steve Cohen, a Democrat representing Tennessee, in a statement before the House approved the appropriations on May 30. An amendment named for the representative added $5m in funding to the $36m line item.

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Eric Cantor Will Step Down As House Majority Leader

Eric Cantor Rep. Eric Cantor will step down as majority leader, according to several Republicans sources, ending a meteoric 13-year Congressional career.

Several GOP sources say his resignation from that job will be effective July 31.

The Virginia Republican, who came to Washington in 2001, lost his primary election Tuesday night to Dave Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.

The announcement comes as House Republicans are grappling with the defeat of their No. 2 leader, who many assumed was the next speaker of the House. Just hours after Cantor lost his primary, his GOP colleagues began rallying support for leadership races.

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