Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage
December 31st, 2013
04:10 PM ET
4 months ago

Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex marriage

(CNN) – Utah officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to immediately block enforcement of a federal judge's ruling allowing same-sex couples to be legally married in the state.

An emergency appeal was filed on Tuesday with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who could rule herself or ask the rest of the court to weigh in.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court • Utah
Would-be assassin John Hinckley gets longer visits at mother's home
December 20th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
4 months ago

Would-be assassin John Hinckley gets longer visits at mother's home

(CNN) – A federal judge will allow John Hinckley, the man who shot and severely wounded President Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt, more time away from a Washington psychiatric hospital to visit his mother in Virginia.

His periodic visits are currently restricted to 10 days at a time. He now will be permitted 17-day visits to Williamsburg.

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Filed under: Ronald Reagan
Secret Service misbehavior isn't widespread, report says
December 20th, 2013
01:48 PM ET
4 months ago

Secret Service misbehavior isn't widespread, report says

Washington (CNN) - An internal government review released Friday found no "widespread" misconduct or inappropriate behavior among U.S. Secret Service employees, after concerns were raised in Congress about the agency's disciplinary controls following a prostitution scandal.

The 145-page report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general noted isolated cases of unethical conduct among Secret Service workers, on or off duty, which raised broader security concerns. It recommended 14 guidelines to deal with future problems.

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New Mexico high court rules same-sex couples have right to marry
December 19th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
4 months ago

New Mexico high court rules same-sex couples have right to marry

Updated 2:52 p.m., 12/19/2013

(CNN) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled the state may not deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry, concluding current laws are unconstitutional.

The ruling Thursday is another victory for gay and lesbian couples nationwide seeking to legally wed. New Mexico would become the 17th state plus the District of Columbia to allow such unions.
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Filed under: New Mexico • Same-sex marriage
Judge orders release of secret U.S. foreign aid memo
December 18th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
4 months ago

Judge orders release of secret U.S. foreign aid memo

(CNN) – In a defeat for the Obama administration over executive privilege, a federal judge has ordered the release of a secret government document dealing with foreign aid that President Barack Obama has refused to make public.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle, in a ruling dated Tuesday, rejected as "troubling" the sweeping White House contention that a single unclassified directive was within the so-called presidential communications privilege.

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Filed under: Obama administration
Judge strikes down part of Utah polygamy law in 'Sister Wives' case
Kody Brown and his four wives, who have 17 kids together, brought the lawsuit. Their lives are chronicled on TLC's "Sister Wives"
December 14th, 2013
05:45 PM ET
4 months ago

Judge strikes down part of Utah polygamy law in 'Sister Wives' case

(CNN) - A federal judge in Utah has struck down part of that state's law banning polygamy, after a lawsuit was brought by the stars of the television reality series "Sister Wives."

The ruling late Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups threw out the law's section prohibiting "cohabitation," saying it violates constitutional guarantees of due process and religious freedom.

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Filed under: Utah
Ex-Senate aide appears in court on child porn charges
December 12th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
4 months ago

Ex-Senate aide appears in court on child porn charges

(CNN) – Sen. Lamar Alexander's former chief of staff appeared in court on Thursday after formally being charged with possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography.

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, 35, looked straight ahead and answered "yes" or "no" when questioned by the judge in U.S. District Court. He did not enter a plea.
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Filed under: Congress • Lamar Alexander
No easy dunk: sports analogies simplify Supreme Court argument
December 10th, 2013
03:46 PM ET
4 months ago

No easy dunk: sports analogies simplify Supreme Court argument

(CNN) - It is a familiar tactical strategy at the Supreme Court: when an oral argument gets too dense over regulatory interpretation– turn it into a sports analogy.

An Obama administration lawyer did that Tuesday in closely watched environmental appeal, comparing federal efforts aimed at curbing air pollution to basketball scores.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
November 26th, 2013
11:58 AM ET
5 months ago

Supreme Court to take up Obamacare contraception case

Washington (CNN) - The high-stakes fight over implementing parts of the troubled healthcare reform law will move to the U.S. Supreme Court in coming months, in a dispute involving coverage for contraceptives and "religious liberty."

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

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Filed under: Obamacare • Supreme Court
Supreme Court allows NSA to continue looking at telephone records for now
November 18th, 2013
10:23 AM ET
5 months ago

Supreme Court allows NSA to continue looking at telephone records for now

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court will allow the National Security Agency's surveillance of domestic telephone communication records to continue for now.

The justices without comment Monday rejected an appeal from a privacy rights group, which claimed a secret federal court improperly authorized the government to collect the electronic records.

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Filed under: NSA • Supreme Court
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