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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

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Proposition 8 Backers Petition to Stop Gay Marriage in California

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the state is no more. But the measure’s supporters are once again up in arms after the Golden State resumed allowing gay couples to wed Friday. (UPDATED)

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Supreme Court: Police Can Take Your DNA Upon Arrest

In what’s been hailed as a “resounding victory for law enforcement,” a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes.

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This Far-Right Supreme Court Is Reason Enough to Vote Obama

Four of the sitting justices are 74 or older. Each can be expected to step down over the next four to eight years.

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Roberts Switched Obamacare Vote, According to Leak

Multiple unnamed sources confirmed that Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the conservative bloc of the court before switching his vote on health care reform, says CBS News’ Jan Crawford.

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High Court Strikes Down Most of Arizona Immigration Law

Arizona’s controversial immigration law is largely no more. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled mostly in favor of the U.S. government when it struck down the bulk of the state’s notorious immigration law.

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SCOTUS Broadens Jailhouse Strip-Search Rule

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that U.S. Supreme Court justices voted along party lines when approving, on a 5-4 vote, the expansion of strip-searching guidelines to include anyone who’s been arrested for any offense and is en route to jail.

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Health Care: Conservatives Are Their Own Worst Enemies

If Obamacare is struck down, a much more far-reaching overhaul of the health care system will be inevitable.

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High Court Takes On Immigration Legislation

What are we to make of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, which will make life more difficult for Arizona employers who deliberately hire undocumented workers? The Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen offered his perspective later that day.

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SCOTUS Split on Wal-Mart Suit

Is the law of our land gender-neutral? And might the gender of the justices handling a case—as in the case of the gargantuan and complex sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart under consideration at the U.S. Supreme Court—impact important legal decisions?

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


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