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At the end of June, The Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that the state of Illinois could not force private home healthcare workers to join a union the state foisted upon them using the basis of these private workers receiving government subsidies...
From: Reason | By: Scott Shackford | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Katie Couric interviewed Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Yahoo News this week, and naturally, much of the interview covered Ginsburg's strongly dissenting opinion on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. Couric noted that the justices who supported the decision—which allowed...
From: Double X | By: Amanda Marcotte | Friday, August 1, 2014
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There’s a well-known saying among lawyers that when the facts are against you, argue the law; when the law is against you, argue the facts; and when the facts and the law are both against you, pound on the table and yell like heck. The behavior of...
From: Red State | By: ( | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Friday, August 1, 2014
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President Barack Obama’s federal health care law may be headed to the Supreme Court – again.The High Court has been asked to review a July 22 ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that declared constitutional all federal subsidies granted...
From: Fox News | Friday, August 1, 2014
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House Republicans says they will remain in Washington until a new border bill has been passed. The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has broken down. An American Ebola patient will be evacuated from West Africa and brought back to the U.S. for treatment....
From: Reason | By: Damon Root | Friday, August 1, 2014
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To say that Obamacare enthusiasts are having a bad few weeks would be a major understatement. First, a three-judge panel at the DC Circuit Court ruled against them in Halbig vs. Sebelius, a lawsuit they called “stupid” and “criminal” for arguing...
From: Reason | By: Shikha Dalmia | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Background Thank God. After Waterville and Isofoton, the Citizen Vigilante and my Ghanas Fount of Integrity, Mr. Martin Amidu has won for our country his Review application to the Supreme Court against the 51.2 million Ghana Cedis dubiously paid to Mr....
From: Modern Ghana | Friday, August 1, 2014
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This excerpt appears in Katherine Mooney’s Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack. Click here for our interview with the author. T. Thomas Fortune seldom had time to go to the racetrack. Editor of the New York Age and...
From: WBUR | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Once again, we are reminded that the fact that people feel strongly about an issue does not mean it's one that will cause them to get out and vote.
From: Outside the Beltway | By: Doug Mataconis | Friday, August 1, 2014
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She needed a break from the city in the summer, from the heat, from the ceaseless crowds of tourists blocking the sidewalks she had to navigate to reach her favorite watering holes. From the stench of rotting garbage filling the air, invading her nostrils...
From: Wonkette | By: Gary Legum | Friday, August 1, 2014
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To the Editor: I wish to respond to Richard Rothstein’s critical review of my book, Place, Not Race, in your magazine. While I appreciate that he concludes that the book is “worth reading” and that my proposals are possibly even a “wise” response...
From: The American Prospect | By: Sheryll Cashin | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Combined spending by both sides in advance of Tennessee’s heated Aug. 7 Supreme Court retention election has surpassed the $1 million mark. New financial disclosures reveal that Republican Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s PAC is a primary funder of the anti-retention...
From: Gavel Grab | By: Peter Hardin | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Late Thursday, lawyers challenging a key part of Obamacare petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case. The Court is very likely to grant the petition, resulting in oral argument in January or February of 2015 and a decision next June as the...
From: Big Government | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Another Obamacare case is heading to the Supreme Court, but it's unclear if they'll agree to hear it, or when they'd hear it if they did.
From: Gone Hollywood | By: Doug Mataconis | Friday, August 1, 2014
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by Ellery WeilThe New York Times Editorial Board discusses a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board general counsel which found McDonald’s jointly responsible for the treatment of its workers at all of its franchises and argues that...
From: American Constitution Society Blog | By: ccox | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The petition to the Supreme Court centers on text in the Obamacare law that appears to sharply restrict the provision of federal tax credits. Federal appeals courts issued opposing rulings on the issue last week....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Act 10 essentially ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparking court challenges and protests. But a ruling Thursday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court leaves opponents with little choice but to move on....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Friday, August 1, 2014
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http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/480488321 The Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court of the United States raised numerous issues including a rather interesting one regarding beliefs and facts. Oversimplifying things for the sake of brevity, the...
From: The Philosophers Magazine | By: Mike LaBossiere | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Today's headlines include more questions about how healthcare.gov will function during the next open enrollment period. Kaiser Health News: Florida's Largest Health Insurer Is Raising Exchange Rates An Average Of 17.6 Percent Kaiser Health News staff...
From: Kaiser Health News | Friday, August 1, 2014
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(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high...
From: The Raw Story | By: Reuters | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The law, which Republican Gov. Scott Walker pushed for, went into effect three years ago. The end of collective bargaining was approved by the state's highest court Thursday....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he thinks that "climate change occurs no matter what," but that the EPA's recent efforts to reduce emissions from existing power plants are “outside of the confines of the law.”The post Paul Ryan Says Climate Change Is...
From: Climate Progress | By: Ari Phillips | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Last week, two circuit courts split over legal challenges to the Obama administration's decision to allow subsidies in federally run exchanges under Obamacare. A three judge panel in the D.C. Circuit ruled that the administration's implementation, authorized...
From: Reason | By: Peter Suderman | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Soon-to-be-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost his primary, gave his farewell address to Congress today. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will take over following the August recess. House Republicans couldn’t agree on how to address...
From: Reason | By: Scott Shackford | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld Governor Scott Walker's signature law restricting public employee union bargaining rights. The new decision effectively ends legal challenges to the law.
From: NPR | By: Shawn Johnson | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Frustration and inaction color efforts to enforce the Clean Water Act.
From: Grist | By: Naveena Sadasivam | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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It’s not judicial activism, but judicial abdication, that enables government overreach, a new book argues.
From: City Journal | By: Jared Meyer | Friday, August 1, 2014
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A Colder War is the latest from Charles Cumming, one of the best at depicting the frail and brutal world of spydom. Neely Tucker’s The Ways of the Dead marks the debut of what promises to be a first-rate series.
From: Open Letters Monthly | By: Irma Heldman | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Nine days after two federal appeals courts reached opposite rulings on a major new threat to the federal health care law, challengers pursuing that threat rushed to the Supreme Court on Thursday with a plea to step in and settle the dispute as soon as...
From: SCOTUSblog | By: Lyle Denniston | Friday, August 1, 2014
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A month ago, the Supreme Court struck down the 2007 Massachusetts Buffer Zone law as unconstitutional, leaving millions seething at the utter stupidity of our judicial system. Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick signed a new bill, An Act to Promote Public...
From: Liberaland | By: Sarah Betancourt | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The fallout from the Hobby Lobby decision continues to be a top Democratic Party talking point as liberals hope to rally female voters to the polls. But the leading dissenter on the court in this decision isn’t content to stay on the sidelines of that...
From: Commentary Magazine | By: Jonathan S. Tobin | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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WASHINGTON—A group of individuals who challenged health insurance subsidies tied to the Affordable Care Act moved quickly Thursday to get an appeal in front of the Supreme Court. The challengers, Virginia residents who opposed the subsidies, filed...
From: Wall Street Journal | By: Brent Kendall | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Lawyers challenging President Obama's healthcare law filed a quick appeal with the Supreme Court on Thursday, urging justices to take up the issue this fall and throw out insurance subsidies for nearly 5 million Americans....
From: Los Angeles Times | By: David G. Savage | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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[...] it's refreshing to see, on a recent visit to the morning show, that scripts for news stories and intros (to reporters and recorded pieces) are run into the control room on paper by a writer (Diana Shook) every few minutes and handed to co-anchor...
From: San Francisco Chronicle | By: Ben Fong-Torres | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Argentina is recognized for raising some of the world's finest beef, and bottling some of the world's most coveted wines. And rightly so. But it should also be known for sitting on some of the world's largest piles of American cash. For the eighth...
From: Washington Post | By: Roberto A. Ferdman | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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The Christian Family Coalition has issued the following first round of endorsements for the Aug. 26 election: Christian Family Coalition Florida is pleased to announce its recommendations in judicial races in the upcoming elections. These candidates...
From: Miami Herald | By: Steve Rothaus | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the government in two federal cases, swearing that the government always meant to have the federal government pay out subsidies. Four cases are contesting that...
From: Free Republic | By: The Independent Sentinel | Saturday, August 2, 2014
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The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered another hearing on the sanity of a deaf mute man from Las Vegas accused of fatally stabbing his wife in front of their four children in November 2009. The court on Thursday overturned a ruling by...
From: Las Vegas Sun | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The Supreme Court said good governance needed an efficient criminal justice delivery system and not picking up one category of cases for speedy trial.
From: Times of India | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Today was my final day as a summer law clerk with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  Now that my U.S. Senate badge is turned in and I no longer in any way speak for the senator for whom I interned — the Honorable Mike Lee of Utah — the time has...
From: Red State | By: Josh Hammer ( | Friday, August 1, 2014
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The group seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to Americans purchasing health insurance through federally run state marketplaces is asking the Supreme Court to take up the case early. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, the conservative...
From: Free Republic | By: MSNBC | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said this week he has mentioned his interest in being appointed to the California Supreme Court to Gov. Jerry Brown, but he downplayed the likelihood that he would land such a position immediately after leaving the Legislature...
From: Sacramento Bee | Friday, August 1, 2014
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* Law student wants some goddamned pizza. [Huffington Post] * Elie called for ExamSoft to refund the victims in the so-called #Barghazi incident. Now there’s a petition for that. [Change.org] * Litigiousness: now in infographic form! [Thomas Barry...
From: Above the Law | By: Joe Patrice | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Aereo said it's experiencing staggering costs, which isn't surprising considering that it had previously been generating revenue from monthly subscriptions in several major cities in the country....
From: VentureBeat | By: Tom Cheredar | Friday, August 1, 2014
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A month after the Supreme Court ruled that the TV streaming service was operating illegally, the cash-strapped startup has requested an emergency ruling that will enable it to stat earning revenue again...
From: Time | By: Giri Nathan | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Forgive me if this is too obvious, but I fear it may not be to everyone interested in whether tax subsidies will be available in federally facilitated exchanges. The reason the plaintiffs in King are petitioning for certiorari now is that they realize...
From: Balkinization | By: Neil Siegel | Friday, August 1, 2014
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@tbtia An emergency hearing has been scheduled for Monday in a case that could determine whether or not Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, has an August primary. The write-in candidate challenging Grant, Daniel Matthews, was kicked out of the race by...
From: Miami Herald | By: Tia Mitchell | Friday, August 1, 2014
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A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed. The Constitutional Court declared the law illegal because it was...
From: Free Republic | By: ABC News | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has told the AP. "I think the court will not do what they did in the old days when they continually ducked the issue of miscegenation," Ginsburg said. "If a case is properly before the court,...
From: Episcopal Cafe | By: John B. Chilton | Friday, August 1, 2014
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