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CNN analyst: Health reform mandate ‘looks like it’s going to be struck down’

In an afternoon update from the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin said that justices appeared to be highly skeptical of the law’s “individual mandate,” which would require every American to purchase some form of private health insurance. “This law…

Appeals court strikes down California’s same sex marriage ban

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday afternoon that a Proposition 8, California voter ban on same sex marriage, is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 2-1 Tuesday that a lower court was right to strike the law down. An appeal…

Gay groups angry Kansas anti-sodomy law remains on books

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) – Gay rights groups are outraged that a Kansas state law banning sex between people of the same gender was left off statutes Governor Sam Brownback wants to repeal, even though the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 ruled such a Texas law unconstitutional. Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma…

Kucinich: Corporations can legally buy elections

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Tuesday called for Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Elections Commission. “One of the biggest stumbling blocks to America’s economic recovery is corporations can legally buy elections and then influence…

WATCH LIVE: Protesters ‘Occupy the Courts’

Occupy Wall Street activists will demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court Friday and outside courts all over the country to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Watch this live video from protesters with “Occupy the Courts,” broadcast Jan. 20, 2011.…

New York City Council to vote on ending corporate personhood

The New York City Council is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution asking Congress to pass an amendment overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Supreme Court ruled that corporations had the same First Amendment rights as U.S. citizens and that…

Montana Supreme Court upholds ban on corporate political spending

The Montana Supreme Court on Friday upheld a ban on corporate political expenditures in state elections, which came under fire after the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling. The court held the 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission did not render the Montana ban unconstitutional, reversing…

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…

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