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How Public Dissent In Paris Sparked Creation Of The Corporate Person

(75) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 2:34 PM

The Supreme Court today heard the case of Hobby Lobby, Inc., a company owned by Christians who argued that requiring it to follow health care laws with regard to contraceptive coverage violated religious liberty. The case, in many ways, is the logical if absurd extreme of the corporate personhood movement,...

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「公民権運動の成果」に違憲判断:米最高裁

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 4:43 AM

米連邦最高裁判所は6月25日(米国時間)、投票権法の第4条を無効とした。この条項は歴史的に重要な公民権法の規定であり、「投票に関する法律を変更する際に、連邦政府または連邦裁判所の承認を得なければならない」とされる米国内の地域について定めたものだ。

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Supreme Court Rules On Prop 8, Lets Gay Marriage Resume In California

(6082) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday left for dead California's same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, but the question of gay and lesbian couples' constitutional right to marry remains very much alive.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices held in Hollingsworth v. Perry that the traditional marriage activists...

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Voting Rights Act Section 4 Struck Down By Supreme Court

(48844) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 10:29 AM

The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, the provision of the landmark civil rights law that designates which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court.

The 5-4 ruling,...

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Voting Rights Act Section 4 Struck Down By Supreme Court

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 10:29 AM

The Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, the provision of the landmark civil rights law that designates which parts of the country must have changes to their voting laws cleared by the federal government or in federal court.

The 5-4 ruling,...

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Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision: Sends UT-Austin's Race-Conscious Admissions Back For Review

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 10:21 AM

By a 7-1 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court told an appeals court that it misinterpreted the justices' precedent when reviewing the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action policy.

The decision is a provisional victory for Abigail Fisher, a white woman who claimed that UT-Austin unconstitutionally discriminated...

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Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision: Sends UT-Austin's Race-Conscious Admissions Back For Review

(8077) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 10:21 AM

By a 7-1 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court told an appeals court that it misinterpreted the justices' precedent when reviewing the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action policy.

The decision is a provisional victory for Abigail Fisher, a white woman who claimed that UT-Austin unconstitutionally discriminated...

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Supreme Court DOMA Case: Justices Sounded Skeptical Of Law's Constitutionality, Purpose

(23268) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- A majority of Supreme Court justices on Wednesday morning appeared skeptical of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage for federal purposes as between a man and a woman. Whether the justices believe they have the power to make any decision in this...

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Supreme Court Proposition 8 Case Arguments Cast Doubt On Gay Marriage Ban

(34517) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 11:01 AM

WASHINGTON -- Justice Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday called the prospect of same-sex marriage “uncharted waters” during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Proposition 8, California’s gay marriage ban.

"And you can play with that metaphor," Kennedy said, continuing that in that consideration, "There's...

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Justice Clarence Thomas Speaks After Almost 7 Years Of Silence

(3679) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 1:54 PM

On Monday morning, Justice Clarence Thomas broke nearly seven years of silence at Supreme Court oral arguments.

Problem is, what he said was apparently so funny that you had to be there. Really -- the court's official transcript didn't catch his words.

What we do know is...

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Affirmative Action At Supreme Court: University Of Texas Program Had A Bad Day

(804) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 4:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts may have switched his vote to join the Supreme Court's liberals in last term's blockbuster health care case, but on Wednesday morning he proved that he remains a rock-ribbed conservative when it comes to affirmative action.

With retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor...

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Michael Steele, Howard Dean Talk War On Drugs: 'New Segregation,' 'Antiquated' (VIDEO)

(228) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 2:39 PM

The drug war is a failure, but we'll be hard pressed to hear any national leader pushing meaningful reform. As part of HuffPost Live's Shadow Convention coverage, former RNC chairman Michael Steele and former DNC chairman Howard Dean joined me to discuss the politics of the drug war. Steele characterized...

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Janet Jackson 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Case Declined By Supreme Court, Erasing CBS Fine

(232) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 12:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Friday morning officially relieved CBS of a $550,000 fine over Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

The justices denied the government's petition in Federal Communications Commission v. CBS to review a lower court's decision that the...

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Supreme Court Health Care Decision: Individual Mandate Survives

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON -- The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.

The controlling opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise...

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Supreme Court Health Care Decision: Individual Mandate Survives

(71576) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON -- The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.

The controlling opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise...

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Stolen Valor Act: Lies About Military Honors Are No Crime

(728) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Congress improperly criminalized lies about receiving military honors, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

In striking down the Stolen Valor Act, the majority rejected the government's argument that the law, passed in 2006, was written narrowly enough to avoid chilling protected speech. However, the court left...

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Arizona Immigration Law Ruling: Supreme Court Delivers Split Decision

(27854) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 10:19 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a split decision in the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's aggressive immigration law, striking multiple provisions but upholding the "papers please" provision. Civil rights groups argue the latter measure, a centerpiece of S.B. 1070, invites racial profiling.

Monday's decision on...

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Life Without Parole For Teens Convicted Of Murder

(1093) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday abolished the imposition of mandatory sentences of life without parole for all juveniles convicted of murder.

Justice Elena Kagan, writing for the 5-4 majority, said, "By requiring that all children convicted of homicide receive lifetime incarceration without possibility of parole, regardless of...

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Supreme Court Reverses Anti-Citizens United Ruling From Montana

(21363) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 10:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down Montana's century-old limits on corporate political spending, putting an end to the state's resistance to Citizens United and effectively expanding that controversial ruling to the state and local elections.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided in January...

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Supreme Court: U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Undefeated This Term

(6624) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is undefeated at the Supreme Court this term, continuing to improve its success in securing business-friendly judgments since Chief Justice John Roberts took the bench in 2005.

The Constitutional Accountability Center, a left-leaning think tank and law firm, reported its...

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