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Supreme Court allows Montana corporation election spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to corporations and a political advocacy group by allowing them to spend freely before Montana’s 2012 elections, a follow-up case to the court’s major campaign finance ruling two years ago. The justices granted a request from the three…

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer robbed by machete-wielding man

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was uninjured after being robbed by a machete-wielding intruder last week, according to the Associated Press. The 73-year-old justice, his wife Joanna and a friend were on vacation in the Caribbean island of Nevis when the incident occurred. The intruder took about $1,000 in cash…

Thank Scalia For Your Birth Control Coverage (Seriously)

If you’ve been listening to cable news for the past few days, two things immediately leap out at you. The first is that there are a lot of pundits who are willing to speak for lay Catholics’ simmering sense of outrage at the Obama Administration’s decision to mandate contraceptive coverage…

Sweden lawyers say Assange extradition request is valid

Lawyers for Swedish authorities told Britain’s Supreme Court on Thursday that a bid to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangefor questioning over rape allegations is valid. In his final appeal within the British legal system, Assange is resting his fight against extradition on the argument that the Swedish prosecutor who ordered his arrest in December 2010 was not…

Wyden backs amendment to overturn Citizens United ruling

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced on Thursday that he was supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. “Americans deserve to know the true interests behind the political ads they see and the campaigns of the candidates…

Pro-life, pro-choice camps mark anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON — Both camps in the abortion debate took to the streets in Washington on Monday, 39 years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion, pushing the hot-button issue up the election-year agenda. They staged rival demonstrations, with several hundred opponents of abortion gathering in a light drizzle in the National…

Supreme Court: Warrant needed for GPS tracking

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday for the first time that law enforcement must obtain a warrant before using a global positioning system (GPS) device to track suspects. The high court said that GPS tracking amounted to a search, and the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects Americans…

Obama hails anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion by affirming his backing for the right, for decades one of America’s most polarizing issues. “As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court…

Rep. Johnson: Citizens United allowed corporate money to dictate public policy

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) condemned the influence of money on American politics on Saturday, the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision. “An activist Supreme Court, misusing its authority by legislating policy from the bench, ignored decades of legal precedent when it ruled…

WATCH LIVE: Protesters ‘Occupy the Courts’

Occupy Wall Street activists will demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court Friday and outside courts all over the country to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Watch this live video from protesters with “Occupy the Courts,” broadcast Jan. 20, 2011.…

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