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Maddow: Political decisions increasingly cost Supreme Court credibility

In 2000, weeks after the general election, the Supreme Court broke down along partisan lines and voted 5 to 4 against a recount in Florida, making George Bush our 43rd president. On Tuesday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow discussed how that landmark decision began a…

CNN analyst: Health reform mandate ‘looks like it’s going to be struck down’

In an afternoon update from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin said that justices appeared to be highly skeptical of the law’s “individual mandate,” which would require every American to purchase some form of private health insurance. “This law…

Tea party leader at Supreme Court rally: ‘Obamacare is a cancer!’

Tea party groups and Republican politicians rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, urging that the justices declare President Barack Obama’s health care reform law unconstitutional. Group leaders led chants of “Constitution, yes. Socialism, no” and “Real women buy their own birth control” while waiting for speakers to come to…

Four things to know about the Supreme Court’s health care review

Amid anticipation akin to a major sports event, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing arguments Monday on President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform, a case with huge implications for the nation and 2012 elections. The nine justices of America’s highest court meet for an unprecedented three days of arguments on…

Solicitor General warns of ‘grave’ consequences if Supreme Court overturns health reform

Neal Katyal, who as acting US Solicitor General defended the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s flagship health reform in lower courts, has warned in an interview with AFP of “grave” and “profound” consequences if the Supreme Court accepts a challenge to the law. Q:) Experts say that this Supreme Court…

Supreme Court rules biotech company cannot patent ‘laws of nature’

Biotechnology industry officials are warning that a US Supreme Court ruling on patent rights this week could have a chilling effect on the development of personalized medicine. The Supreme Court rejected two patents covering medical tests for monitoring patients’ blood, saying they are too similar to natural phenomena to receive…

Supreme Court says states can’t be sued for violating sick-leave law

Women’s groups warned that the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday had severely undermined the Family and Medical Leave Act for state workers. “By the narrowest of margins, the Court ruled that millions of state workers all across this country will have no meaningful recourse if their employers deny them medical…

Supreme Court denies Christian group’s lawsuit over campus recognition

The Supreme Court on Monday announced that it would not hear an appeal brought by Christian student groups against San Diego State University because of its non-discrimination policy. The announcement lets stand a ruling last August by the U.S. Court of Appeals to the Ninth Circuit, which held (PDF) that…

Supreme Court won’t allow cameras during health debate

The US Supreme Court will not allow cameras from for oral arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul but will release audio recordings and written transcripts. The court announced Friday it would follow tradition in prohibitingvideo coverage of its proceedings, opting instead to release daily audio and written transcripts immediately after arguments, scheduled for March 26-28.…

Backed by more than 100 former attorneys general, ex-Alabama governor asks Supreme Court for review

More than 100 former state attorneys general revealed on Thursday that they support the latest appeal by former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D), who’s petitioning the Supreme Court to reconsider the corruption charges that sent him to jail in 2006. Siegelman, one of the nation’s most famous political prisoners, was…

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