Judge orders release of secret U.S. foreign aid memo
December 18th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
8 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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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
8 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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Ex-Senate aide appears in court on child porn charges
December 12th, 2013
05:34 PM ET
8 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
8 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
9 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
9 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
'Grateful' Justice Thomas reflects on his personal, professional journey
November 15th, 2013
12:20 AM ET
9 months ago

'Grateful' Justice Thomas reflects on his personal, professional journey

Washington (CNN) - Justice Clarence Thomas reflected on his long journey from childhood poverty to service on the highest court in the land, telling a conservative audience Thursday, "I have this wonderful opportunity to go to work everyday– I didn't always feel that way."

A nostalgic and "grateful" Thomas sought to assure fellow lawyers and judges he is not the person longtime critics have tried to portray him: that he remains an angry, frustrated jurist, especially over the treatment he received during his bitter 1991 confirmation. But he admitted the road to his current contentment has not been easy.
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Supreme Court justices dismiss another Oklahoma law on abortion
November 12th, 2013
12:03 PM ET
9 months ago

Supreme Court justices dismiss another Oklahoma law on abortion

Washington (CNN) - Oklahoma lost another round in its effort to restrict abortions when the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear an appeal in a case that would force women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound first.

The justices, without comment, refused to accept the state's appeal over HB 2780, which would require healthcare providers to perform an ultrasound scan before terminating a woman's pregnancy.

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Filed under: Abortion • Oklahoma • Supreme Court
Justices dismiss state law restricting medical abortions
November 4th, 2013
10:02 AM ET
10 months ago

Justices dismiss state law restricting medical abortions

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a pending appeal from Oklahoma officials who were defending a state law limiting abortions performed with medicine instead of surgery.

The law would have regulated the ability of doctors to prescribe a medication regime - using RU-486 pills - to terminate early pregnancies, and make it a crime to deviate from the federal government-approved dosage and time limits on the drugs.

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Filed under: Abortion • Oklahoma • Supreme Court
Supreme Court to review church-state dispute over public prayers
November 1st, 2013
05:07 PM ET
10 months ago

Supreme Court to review church-state dispute over public prayers

(CNN) - Linda Stephens has lived in her upstate New York community for more than three decades and has long been active in civic affairs.

But as an atheist, those views have put her at the center of a personal, political, and legal fight that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

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