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How the states are trying to rein in Koch brothers’ ‘Dark Money’

The Supreme Court has eviscerated our already thin federal campaign finance rules, so reformers have turned to the states — the “laboratories of democracy” — to do better. Their efforts were born of frustration at the lack of movement in Washington……

Supreme Court declines to review challenges to more restrictive gun laws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws. The court’s decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National…

Supreme Court to decide whether corporations can pray

The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to a provision in Obamacare which requires that insurers cover preventive health care without co-pays. Three private companies — Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood, and Autocam – are arguing that the inclusion…  …

Michigan case could invalidate states’ anti-same sex marriage laws

A Michigan federal judge has given the go-ahead for a case that could challenge state laws mandating that marriage be defined as being between a man and a woman. A Yahoo! News report said that the case could be the first to bring the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense…

Senate unanimously approves Sri Srinivasan as first India-born senior judge

The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Srikanth Srinivasan as the most senior US judge of South Asian descent, amid speculation that he may one day be tapped for the Supreme Court. Srinivasan, who was born in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh and raised in Kansas, will serve on the…

Why Is Gay Marriage Different Than Abortion?

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about DOMA and Prop 8 today, and there’s a lot of anticipation now, especially since they could truly use this opportunity to not only strike down these laws but also to make same-sex marriage a right held by all Americans. Unsurprisingly, same-sex marriage opponents…

Feingold: Citizens United opened floodgates of corruption

Appearing on Tuesday night’s episode of The Daily Show, former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) said that the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Citizens United” case has brought about the worst corruption since the guilded age at the turn of last century. Worse yet: Feingold, who collaborated with Sen. John McCain…

Panel discusses overturning Citizens United

People for the American Way hosted a panel Tuesday on the nationwide effort to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision that allowed unrestrained corporate spending in U.S. elections. Watch this from People for the American Way, broadcast Jan. 24, 2011. [Ed. note: This story was updated with video from…

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 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…

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