Hillary Clinton knocks Supreme Court's campaign finance decisions
April 9th, 2014
03:56 AM ET
1 week ago

Hillary Clinton knocks Supreme Court's campaign finance decisions

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the Supreme Court's view of campaign finance at a Tuesday event, telling an audience in Portland, Oregon, that the judicial body's ruling will limit the number of people involved in the political process.

"With the rate the Supreme Court is going, there will only be three or four people in the whole country that have to finance our entire political system by the time they are done," Clinton said during the question and answer portion of an appearance at The World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Last week, the Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 ruling to allow more private money in electoral politics by removing a limit on the total number of candidates one can donate to in one election season.

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Filed under: 2016 • Democrats • Hillary Clinton • Politics • Russia • Supreme Court • Vladimir Putin
April 3rd, 2014
09:18 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Inside Politics: Could more money (and transparency) be a good thing?

Here's what we're watching Thursday Inside Politics:

Turns out money is the same thing as speech in the eyes of the U.S. Supreme Court.

SCOTUS campaign finance in a nutshell: After the Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC yesterday, you can't just give as much money as you want to any candidate. Those limits are still set at $5,200 every two years. But there's now no limit on how much total you can give to all candidates. The old limit was $123,000 every two years. As Jeffrey Toobin put it on CNN just after the decision, essentially, in the eyes of the court, corporations are people and money is speech.

John Roberts’ majority ruling: “Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects. If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests and Nazi parades - despite the profound offense such spectacles cause - it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.”

Stephen Breyer’s dissent: The decision “creates a loophole that will allow a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate’s campaign. Taken together with Citizens United v. FEC, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

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April 2nd, 2014
07:05 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns

Washington (CNN) - If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season.

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Filed under: Campaign finance • Supreme Court
April 2nd, 2014
10:17 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Justices strike down political donor limits

Washington (CNN) - In another blow to federal election laws, the Supreme Court on Wednesday eliminated limits on the total amount people can donate to various political campaigns in a single election season. However, the court left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate.

At issue is whether those regulations in the Federal Election Campaign Act violate the First Amendment rights of contributors.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
March 21st, 2014
08:23 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Justices to hear 'Hobby Lobby' case on Obamacare birth control rule

(CNN) - Conestoga Wood Specialties was founded a half-century ago in a Pennsylvania garage. The Hahn family's commitment to quality is driven in large part by their Christian faith, which in turn may soon threaten the company's very existence.

That financial and constitutional dynamic is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, in a high-stakes encore to the health care reform law known as Obamacare. The justices will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a dispute involving contraception coverage and religious liberty.

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Filed under: Faith • Supreme Court
Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals
February 24th, 2014
04:35 PM ET
2 months ago

Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals

(CNN) – The Supreme Court for now is staying out of the hot-button issue of concealed weapons laws.

The Justices on Monday declined to review two cases brought by the National Rifle Association that deal with whether those age 18-20 can buy and then carry handguns in public for self-defense.

The justices gave no reason for denying those cases and a third gun-control appeal on out-of-state weapon transfers.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Supreme Court
Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation
February 21st, 2014
03:03 PM ET
2 months ago

Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation

(CNN) – The Supreme Court will take another look at government regulation of air pollution in a high-stakes environmental and economic fight pitting the Obama administration against a coalition of states and utilities.

The justices on Monday will hear six separate appeals, which have been consolidated into an hour of oral arguments. A ruling is expected by June.

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Filed under: climate change • Supreme Court
New TV ad urges high court to allow cameras
February 18th, 2014
09:16 PM ET
2 months ago

New TV ad urges high court to allow cameras

Washington (CNN) – A new television ad urges what the U.S. Supreme Court has been loathing for decades to allow: cameras in its marble-walled courtroom.

Eleven media and public transparency groups released the ad Tuesday in the Washington, D.C. area and some cable television outlets, saying "It's time for a more open judiciary."

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Memo reveals Clinton's difficulty over Supreme Court choice
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer in March 2012.
February 17th, 2014
12:32 PM ET
2 months ago

Memo reveals Clinton's difficulty over Supreme Court choice

(CNN) - Newly uncovered documents from a confidante of Hillary Clinton are making headlines about the former first lady. But they also reveal new details about legacy moments in her husband's presidency that were frustrating and distracting to the White House.

It seemed as if Bill Clinton had too many choices in his first chance to name a Supreme Court justice and not enough for his second.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • Hillary Clinton • Supreme Court
Analysis: Justice Thomas comments spark fresh debate on race
February 12th, 2014
02:32 PM ET
2 months ago

Analysis: Justice Thomas comments spark fresh debate on race

(CNN) – Justice Clarence Thomas rarely speaks from the bench but his comments in less formal settings are often illuminating, often controversial - especially on race.

It is a topic that continues to engage the national debate, especially when it comes from the mind of the Supreme Court's only African-American jurist.

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Filed under: Clarence Thomas • Supreme Court
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