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Conservative scholar slams Ted Cruz’s call for unlimited sums of money in politics

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) at hearing on Wednesday said Americans should be free to give unlimited sums of money to politicians such as himself, but campaign experts — including one from a prominent conservative think tank — panned his proposal. The hearing was held by the Senate Committee on Rules…

Supreme Court hands victory to Obama by reviving the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a federal regulation requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states, reversing a lower court ruling and handing a victory to President Barack Obama. By a 6-2 vote, the court said…

Supreme Court upholds Michigan’s ban on affirmative action in state university admissions

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law that bans the use of racial preferences in state university admissions. On a 6-2 vote, with Justice Elena Kagan recused, the court rejected a challenge to the law, although the justices were divided as…

Supreme Court will not hear FL Gov. Rick Scott’s appeal on drug tests for welfare recipients

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an executive order issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott that had required all state employees take random drug tests. The high court’s decision not to hear the case means a May 2013 11th U.S. Circuit Court…

Supreme Court to review ‘born in Jerusalem’ passport law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to weigh the constitutionality of a law that was designed to allow American citizens born in Jerusalem – the historic holy city claimed by Israelis and Palestinians – to have Israel listed as their birthplace on passports.…

Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona law against ‘harboring and transporting’ immigrants

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court’s decision not to hear the state’s appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S.…

Justices Scalia and Ginsburg say Supreme Court will likely rule on NSA surveillance

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two members of the Supreme Court indicated on Thursday night that the court will ultimately have to decide the legality of National Security Agency surveillance activities. The two justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made the comments during a public event at the…

Iranian Supreme Court overturns death sentence for former U.S. Marine

Iran court overturns ex-US Marine’s death sentence (via AFP) Iran’s Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence handed to a former US Marine convicted of espionage, with the penalty being cut to 10 years in jail, media reported Sunday. Amir Hekmati, a dual US-Iranian citizen, was arrested in August 2011,……

Legal fight over same-sex marriages enters new front as federal appeals court takes on Utah law

By Joan Biskupic DENVER (Reuters) – The battle over same-sex marriage in the United States enters a new legal front on Thursday when a federal appeals court hears oral arguments on a Utah state law forbidding gays and lesbians from marrying. The hearing in an ornate century-old building in Denver,…

Supreme Court declines early look at tea party activist’s NSA surveillance case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a long-shot request for a ruling on whether the U.S. government’s gathering of Americans’ phone records is unlawful. The justices’ refusal to intervene means the case will go forward in the appeals court, as scheduled. Plaintiffs…

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