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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…

Supreme Court to decide Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide whether Arizona’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants can take effect, a case arising from the fierce national debate on immigration policy ahead of next year’s presidential election. The high court agreed to review a ruling that put on hold the key…

Perry: ‘I don’t have memorized all of the Supreme Court judges’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry admitted Sunday that he didn’t know the names of all of the Supreme Court justices, who he calls “judges.” In an interview with the Des Moines Register Friday, Perry struggled for six seconds to remember the name of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He called her “Montemayor,”…

Supreme Court to decide Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday halted the use of judge-drawn Texas election maps that favor minority candidates and Democrats in 2012 congressional and state legislative elections and agreed to decide the dispute that could have national implications. The justices said they would hear arguments on January…

UK’s top court to make Assange ruling by Christmas

LONDON — The Supreme Court will decide by December 25 whether to hear an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday. On Monday judges at the High Court in London said that his fight against deportation to face rape allegations in…

Supreme Court ready for TV? It’s a split decision

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Televising U.S. Supreme Court proceedings would benefit the public, some said at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, while others called the idea possibly unconstitutional and a potentially harmful influence. The question of putting cameras in America’s highest court, a long-standing debate, took a new twist recently with…

Supreme Court rejects worship at public school appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court let stand on Monday a ruling that religious groups cannot use public schools facilities for worship services outside of normal school hours in a case about church-state separation. The justices refused to review the ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a…

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