all but (presque, pratiquement, quasiment) + adj
Donald Trump All but Clinches Nomination
Win; Cruz Quits
MAY 3, 2016
By JONATHAN MARTIN
and PATRICK HEALY
Donald J. Trump became the presumptive Republican
presidential nominee on Tuesday with a landslide win in
Indiana that drove his principal opponent, Senator Ted Cruz,
from the race and cleared the way for the polarizing, populist
outsider to take control of the party.
Gay Marriage Close to Legal in Maryland
February 23, 2012
The New York Times
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) —
Gay marriage is all but legalized in Maryland
after the legislature gave its final OK Thursday to the law
that's being sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley,
who said he expects to sign it sometime this week.
The state Senate voted 25-22 for the law.
The vote comes less than a week
after the House of Delegates barely passed the measure.
Maryland will become the eighth state to allow gay marriage
when O'Malley — who sponsored the bill — signs the legislation.
The Democrat made the measure a priority this session
after it stalled last year.
Supreme Court Is Asked
to Rule on Health Care
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration
asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to hear a case
concerning the 2010 health care overhaul law.
The development, which came unexpectedly fast,
makes it all but certain that the court will soon agree to hear
one or more cases involving challenges to the law,
with arguments by the spring and a decision by June,
in time to land in the middle of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Supreme Court Is Asked to Rule on Health Care,
Rain From Gulf Storm
Expected to Cause Flooding
September 3, 2011
The New York Times
By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
NEW ORLEANS — A slow-moving and soggy storm
that has been dawdling in the Gulf of Mexico for days
moved toward the shore Saturday morning,
bringing with it rainfall so heavy that officials
say extensive flooding is all but inevitable in areas along the coast.
Rain From Gulf Storm Expected to Cause Flooding,