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Swearing and nudity: Supreme Court eyes indecency

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court questioned whether battling indecency made sense in these times, in a case involving blurted broadcasting of curse words, and TV series’ bare buttocks shots. Justices reviewing the case were vocally divided. Some insisted on keeping regulation in place while others stressed that the vast…

Marge Baker: Movement against Citizens United ruling ‘is going to grow’

Marge Baker of People for the American Way predicted Monday that the movement against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling was going to continue to grow and expand through grassroots organizing. “The only answer we really have to the toxic issue of money in politics is to amend the Constitution,”…

Why Stupid Questions About Stupid Contraception Are Smart

Irin Carmon has a great rundown of Mitt Romney’s botchtastic answer on the constitutional right to contraception at Saturday’s GOP debate, which can be fairly summarized as such: “It is silly that you would ask me about whether something is constitutionally protected. After all, nobody is threatening it. It’s constitutionally…

Texas election map fight goes before Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court next week will step into a partisan battle over remapping congressional districts in Texas, the court’s first review of political boundary-drawing resulting from the 2010 U.S. census, with elections ahead in November. At issue in Monday ‘s arguments will be whether Texas uses maps…

Supreme Court to rule on whether drug-sniffing dogs violate 4th Amendment

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case to determine whether the use of police dogs sniffing for drugs outside homes is a violation of the constitutional rights of the residents. The case involves a Miami homeowner accused of growing marijuana in his house, who contends…

Court challenge filed to Wisconsin anti-union law

By Jeff Mayers MADISON, Wisc (Reuters) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court should void a controversial state law curbing the power of public sector unions because a judge who ruled on the law had a conflict of interest, a county attorney said on Friday. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said…

Supreme Court sets date for Obama healthcare arguments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oral arguments on President Barack Obama’s sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul will last 5-1/2 hours spread over three days from March 26-28, the Supreme Court said on Monday. The Supreme Court last month agreed to hear the 5-1/2 hours oforal arguments, one of the lengthiest arguments in recent years. There have been similar marathon…

Gingrich: I’ll ‘ignore’ any Supreme Court ruling I disagree with

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is doubling down from Thursday’s Fox News debate on his vow to abolish federal courts if he disagreed with their decision. According to The Hill, in a conference call with reporters, Gingrich indicated that it was in the president’s power as commander-in-chief to deem any…

Right-wing legislation stirs democracy debate in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Legislation promoted by right-wing lawmakers in Israel is raising concern that democratic values are under threat in a country that has long billed itself the only democracy in the Middle East. One bill could potentially paralyze dovish Israeli advocacy groups by imposing sharp limits on funding they…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Money plays ‘horrendous role’ in Congress

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling Monday on CNN. The decision held that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people, and that political spending is free speech. The ruling allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, so…

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