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RNC seeks to overturn ban on direct corporate donations to candidates

Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is seeking to increase the influence corporations have over funding American politics. In a brief filed Tuesday afternoon to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the RNC is seeking to overturn a 1908 law banning corporations from…

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…

Pakistan Prime Minister fears ouster

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday said conspirators were plotting to bring down his government, giving his most public indication yet that he fears being ousted from power. He spoke as the Supreme Court met again to decide whether to order a formal inquiry into a secret memo,…

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…

Assange request for appeal granted, set for Feb 1

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was Friday granted permission to appeal against extradition from Britain to Sweden over rape allegations and a hearing will start on February 1. “The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012,” said…

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…

Words Are For The Birds

The main reason I hate the Supreme Court's overreliance on the use of dictionaries?  Dictionaries aren't meant to be prescriptive, they're meant to be descriptive.   Suppose a contract requires that a party google something as a part of its services to the other party.  Did they mean that the…

@latimes with serious #fail

Drama unfolding on Twitter; by the time I get this post up, it’ll probably have changed, but here goes anyway (slight Twitter glossary included for the uninitiated): About an hour ago I started getting RTs* indicating that Proposition 8 had been repealed. It has not. The source of the confusion…

One thing the Senate probably won’t screw up

We hope, at least. Nancy Pelosi has declared that passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act is a major priority for the House, and that it will likely pass tomorrow. The act is a way to get around the Supreme Court’s use of a really strained technicality to invalidate discrimination claims filed…

Voting Wins!

The Supreme Court just ruled in Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s favor over proposed GOP voter verification standards that would have potentially disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters. I’m trying to think of the last thing the GOP did to actually help someone vote, and the only thing I’m…

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