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The Values Voter Summit happens every fall at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, the premier venue for conservative conventions in Washington, DC. (For those of you keeping score, it goes Omni, Grand Hyatt, Mayflower. We do not attend conventions at sub-Mayflower...
From: Wonkette | By: Beth Ethier | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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The new Supreme Court term doesn’t officially start until the first Monday in October. But that doesn’t mean the justices are still on vacation. On Monday, Sept. 29, the justices will meet in what is known as the “Long Conference” to consider...
From: Slate | By: Brianne Gorod | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year -- for school-age children. Those states were among 21 – including some big Democratic-led...
From: Kaiser Health News | By: Phil Galewitz | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The untold and scarring history of online child porn.
From: The Kernel | By: Patrick Howell O'Neill | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Citizens United Was The Current Supreme Court's Worst Ruling The Huffington Post | By Ashley Alman 09/28/2014 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her extreme regret over several of the current Court's rulings in a...
From: Free Republic | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Independent Greg Orman's pitch for bipartisanship has come out of nowhere to threaten Republican Pat Roberts's reelection—and the balance of power in the Senate. Is he for real?...
From: The Atlantic | By: Molly Ball | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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It’s Morningtime! The pancakes will be up in a jiff. All ISIS on the shows today, nary a mention of The Peoples Climate Mega-March or any kind of UN convocation that may or may not have taken place this week concerning the future of the planet. But...
From: Firedoglake | By: Elliott | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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What the Supreme Court under John Roberts tells us about the powerful influence of the well-chosen analogy...
From: Salon.com | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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**Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org)--[The Equitablog](http://equitablegrowth.org/blog)** * Afternoon Must-Read: Justin Fox: The Federal Reserve: Regulatory Capture Observed in the Wild - Washington Center for Equitable Growth * Afternoon...
From: Brad DeLong | By: J. Bradford DeLong | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Last month, the White House office that oversees new regulations completed its review of a list of water contaminants that could be subjected to federal regulation. On August 27, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs returned the list to the...
From: Circle of Blue WaterNews | By: Brett Walton | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Following up on Tom's post from this morning, I notice that the right wing is having a full blown hissy fit over the beheading murder in Oklahoma by a Muslim convert. I can't tell if they think that this is an ISIS...
From: Hullabaloo | By: digby | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Blake Hudson and T. M. Hardig (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge - Paul M. Hebert Law Center and University of Montevallo) have posted Isolated Wetland Commons and the Constitution (Brigham Young University Law Review, 2014, Forthcoming) on SSRN....
From: Legal Theory Blog | By: Lawrence Solum | Monday, September 29, 2014
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On August 25, India's Supreme Court ruled that coal blocks granted to industry, some as many as 20 years ago, were allotted by "ad-hoc” means, adding that "common good and public interest had suffered heavily in the unfair distribution of the national...
From: MetalMiner | By: Sohrab Darabshaw | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Utahns are split on whether they support same-sex marriage, but a majority say its legalization in the state wouldn’t affect their family. A Benenson Strategy Group poll released Monday found that 49 percent of Utahns think same-sex couples should...
From: Washington Post | By: Hunter Schwarz | Monday, September 29, 2014
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RICHMOND Gay marriage in Virginia will be on the agenda today when the U.S. Supreme Court convenes for a closed-door conference to decide which cases it will take up during its upcoming term. Depending on what the high court decides, courthouse doors...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Maythem Radhi, wanted in Australia over a boat incident where 353 people drowned, has been denied permission to appeal to the NZ Supreme Court.
From: Sydney Morning Herald | Monday, September 29, 2014
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WASHINGTON — After fighting state by state for more than 20 years, the same-sex marriage movement is riding an extraordinary wave of legal victories as the Supreme Court prepares to decide whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry...
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Lower court rulings push justices to weigh in.
From: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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After nearly four decades as a lawyer and 30 years teaching would-be lawyers, and after writing a leading textbook on constitutional law and helping establish a law school, and after standing before the justices five times on behalf of his clients, Erwin...
From: Washington Post | By: Robert Barnes | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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So often in modern conversation you hear complaints about how out of touch and damaging the Supreme Court has become. Whether from Bush v. Gore, to Citizen's United, to the more recently destructive Hobby Lobby decision, to name a bare few, the cries...
From: Firedoglake | By: bmaz | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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At a program for racially and ethnically diverse Jews, discussion about appearance is the norm — and that’s a good thing.
From: JTA | By: Julie Wiener | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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The truth was that it was a long slow evolution, with lots of stumbling around in the dark, and these feelings that no one ever wants to talk about, like, 'S-, I'm stuck.’ The event is billed as a “multimedia presentation” (although Abumrad also...
From: San Francisco Chronicle | By: By Joshua Kosman | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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Most Americans share the perception that the Supreme Court is objective, but Erwin Chemerinsky, one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers, shows that this is nonsense and always has been. The Court is made up of fallible individuals who base...
From: Firedoglake | By: Elliott | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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In a book that thoroughly examines the successes and failures of the Tea Party in the age of Obama, Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak's chapter on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin shows why Palin unmasked the media's biases against...
From: Big Government | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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Nicki Minaj has long discussed the horrors of her childhood, but her mother has given hair raising new details to The Sun. In an exclusive interview with the British… READ ON...
From: Radar Online | By: Radar Staff | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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LANSING, MI — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was reportedly considered for a U.S. Supreme Court post in 2010 and Energy Secretary in 2012. Could she find a spot in the Obama administration as Attorney General? Welcome to Michigan Political...
From: Free Republic | By: Mlive.com | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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The petition will be one of several that the justices will review on Monday to determine what cases will be heard in court.
From: Newark Star-Ledger | By: Kathryn Brenzel | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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The Supreme Court is mulling whether to hear three same-sex marriage lawsuits. If they do, experts predict they could resolve the issue nationwide....
From: MSNBC | By: Miranda Leitsinger | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Same-sex marriage is returning to the Supreme Court -- quietly, for now, but soon enough with a shout.
From: St. Paul Pioneer Press | By: By Michael DoyleMcClatchy Newspapers | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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For years, members of the Duquesne University Law School and the Costa Rica Supreme Court have traveled between their respective countries to learn about each other’s legal systems.
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Fifty years ago this October, the Supreme Court cleared the road to the world that the pop-music audience occupies today, a place where ridicule is the lingua franca and everything is made to seem ridiculous. It’s a world where popular songs exist...
From: The New Republic | By: David Hajdu | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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Arguing that early voting is necessary to continue to deal with the “unprecedented disaster” at the polls in Ohio in 2004, several civil rights advocacy groups urged the Supreme Court on Saturday to permit Ohioans to start casting their ballots...
From: SCOTUSblog | By: Lyle Denniston | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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I like Bishop Dag Heward-Mills for his frankness and confrontational honesty. While pundits and journalists extolled the peace-loving nature of Ghanaians and the fairness of our justice system for allowing the results of our 2012 elections to be contested...
From: Modern Ghana | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Five Years Ago We sort of foreshadowed this last week, but five years ago this week, we had our little dust-up with singer Lily Allen -- something I still can't quite understand. It started with Lily posting a bit of a rant against file sharing, which...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Third-party candidates in several states could end up having a big say in the battle for control of the Senate.
From: Gone Hollywood | By: Doug Mataconis | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Stacey Rambold, a man sentenced to 31 days in jail after raping his 14-year-old student, was resentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday, in accordance with an April ruling by Montana's Supreme Court , which declared the judge's earlier sentence illegal.Read...
From: Gawker | By: Hudson Hongo | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Does spending on judicial elections corrupt the courts’ impartiality?...
From: New York Times | By: ADAM LIPTAK | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Politics, the law, culture, and a very old language collide.
From: Outside the Beltway | By: Doug Mataconis | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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"If you like your health plan, you can keep it" was last year's Lie of the Year. When millions of cancellations stacked up, the game of make-believe was over. So the Democrats, hoping to survive another election cycle, shifted to a new mantra: they claim...
From: Free Republic | By: Townhall.com | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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When there is a decision by the Supreme Court of Nevada that includes among its plaintiffs Deja Vu Showgirls of Las Vegas, Little Darlings of Las Vegas and Crazy Horse Too Gentlemen's Club what could it possible be about?  What else but freedom of...
From: Forbes | By: Peter J Reilly | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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This week in the war on voting is a joint project of  Meteor Blades and Joan McCarter. Wisconsin continues to provide serious drama in the fight against a punitive voter ID law, passed in 2011 but stopped by injunction until a three-judge panel of the...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labour for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.
From: France 24 | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Marvel and the estate of Jack Kirby have announced that their longstanding dispute has been amicably settled, just days before the Supreme Court was set to take the case into conference. The parties issued a joint statement announcing the resolution....
From: The Inquisitr | By: Dustin Wicksell | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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EWELL, Md. (AP) — William Smith Dize's life revolved around water. The boat captain worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and when he wasn't operating a boat, he was working on them and around the dock.
From: St. Paul Pioneer Press | By: Jessica Gresko Associated Press | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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EWELL, Md. -- William Smith Dize's life revolved around water. The boat captain worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and when he wasn't operating a boat, he was working on them and around the dock. But when Dize got sick and sued his employer in...
From: Tampa Tribune | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Last Thursday, FBI Director James B. Comey had a bit of a hissy fit over the news that Apple and Google are outfitting their phone operating systems with encryption that will be virtually impossible to break: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized...
From: Red State | By: ( | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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The Supreme Court of Appeal says the Legal Aid is bound to legal fees because it agreed to fully fund unfunded period of the Farlam commission.
From: Mail and Guardian Online | By: Chris Roper | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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Bangalore (India) (AFP) - An Indian court on Saturday sentenced Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who became one of the country's most colourful and controversial politicians, to four years in jail in a corruption case that has run for nearly...
From: Business Insider | By: Gulab Chand | Saturday, September 27, 2014
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