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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.…

Supreme Court rejects judge-drawn Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates andDemocrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections. In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps…

Supreme Court considers rights of U.S. permanent residents

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in three cases on the rights of foreign-born permanent residents of the United States, two of whom face deportation and a third who was denied re-entry after traveling abroad. The US government has been deporting record numbers of non-citizens —…

Supreme Court rejects Internet speech cases

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take two cases involving three separate incidents involving free speech protection for public school students on the Internet. In all three cases students were punished for posting obscene and derogatory information on students or school officials by using their home…

Pakistan court rules prime minister in contempt

Pakistan’s top court Monday found embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for not complying with orders related to re-opening corruption cases and summoned him to appear in person. The move escalates the pressure on Pakistan’s weakened civilian government, which faces separate court procedures that could unseat its leadership and force early elections at…

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