Homeland Security nominee under scrutiny over foreign investor's visa
July 23rd, 2013
07:42 PM ET
9 months ago

Homeland Security nominee under scrutiny over foreign investor's visa

(CNN) – The nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation amid allegations he helped obtain a special visa for an international investor after the initial application was denied by the U.S. government.

An e-mail sent to congressional lawmakers from the department's inspector general and obtained by CNN said Alejandro Mayorkas is being investigated, but at this point, "we do not have any findings of criminal misconduct."

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Kagan hunts with buddy Scalia, bags deer
July 2nd, 2013
05:19 PM ET
10 months ago

Kagan hunts with buddy Scalia, bags deer

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Washington (CNN) - Justice Elena Kagan has some exciting news: "I shot myself a deer."

New York City native Kagan revealed over the weekend that she and conservative colleague Justice Antonin Scalia have expanded their hunting forays.

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Filed under: Elena Kagan • Supreme Court
High court lets same-sex marriages in California continue
June 30th, 2013
02:24 PM ET
10 months ago

High court lets same-sex marriages in California continue

Washington (CNN) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday refused to stop California from issuing same-sex marriage licenses, turning aside an emergency request from supporters of Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that had earlier been dismissed by the justices on narrow, jurisdictional grounds. It is the latest legal and political twist in an issue that has divided the state.

Justice Anthony Kennedy refused to vacate a stay of a decision Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, which had lifted a previous injunction on the ability of gays and lesbians to legally wed. Officials across the state, including the attorney general, quickly began performing same-sex marriages, including those of the two couples who brought the original lawsuit.

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Filed under: California • Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
Today's Supreme Court
June 28th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
10 months ago

Analysis: Supreme Court term ends with no easy way to label it

Washington (CNN) – It's a familiar refrain from the media-shy U.S. Supreme Court: Judge us by what we write in our rulings, not in oral arguments, speeches or interviews.

But the court term that ended this week in dramatic fashion reveals how difficult it can be to create a coherent picture of this dynamic bench, one that moves easily, if stealthily, across ideological lines on a range of hot-button cases.

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Filed under: Supreme Court
June 26th, 2013
10:37 AM ET
10 months ago

Supreme Court dismisses Calif. Prop 8 appeal

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court has dismissed a closely-watched appeal over same-sex marriage on jurisdictional grounds, ruling Wednesday private parties do not have "standing" to defend California's voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbians couples from state-sanctioned wedlock.

The ruling permits same-sex couples in California to legally marry.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
June 26th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
10 months ago

Supreme Court strikes down controversial DOMA provision

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that same-sex spouses legally married in a state may receive federal benefits.

The case examines whether the federal government can deny tax, health and pension benefits to same-sex couples in states where they can legally marry. At issue is whether DOMA violates equal protection guarantees in the Fifth Amendment's due process clause as applied to same-sex couples legally married under the laws of their states.

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Filed under: Same-sex marriage
Supreme Court limits federal oversight of Voting Rights Act
June 25th, 2013
10:12 AM ET
10 months ago

Supreme Court limits federal oversight of Voting Rights Act

Washington (CNN) - A deeply divided Supreme Court has limited use of a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, in effect invalidating the key enforcement provision that applies to all or parts of 15 states with past history of voter discrimination.

The case involved Section 5, which gives federal authorities open-ended oversight of states and localities with a history of voter discrimination. Any changes in voting laws and procedures in the covered areas - which include all or parts of 15 states - must be "pre-cleared" with Washington.

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High court avoids larger ruling on university's affirmative action admissions policy
June 24th, 2013
10:18 AM ET
10 months ago

High court avoids larger ruling on university's affirmative action admissions policy

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court side-stepped a sweeping decision on the use of race-conscious school admission policies, ruling Monday on the criteria at the University of Texas and whether it violates the equal protection rights of some white applicants.

The justices threw the case back to the lower courts for further review.

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Justices to hear abortion-related case for review
June 24th, 2013
09:58 AM ET
10 months ago

Justices to hear abortion-related case for review

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court will step back into the national debate over free speech and abortion, accepting Monday an appeal on the rights of protesters outside medical clinics.

A challenge to a Massachusetts law concerns government-mandated buffer zones set up around facilities that perform abortions.

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Filed under: Abortion • Supreme Court
Justices to rule on Obama recess appointments
June 24th, 2013
09:35 AM ET
10 months ago

Justices to rule on Obama recess appointments

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's recess appointments to a federal agency - made without Senate confirmation - will be reviewed by the Supreme Court, a major constitutional test of executive power.

At issue is whether three people named to the National Labor Relations Board lacked authority, because the presidential appointments were made while the Senate was technically in a "pro forma" session during the 2011-12 winter holiday break.

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Filed under: President Obama • Supreme Court
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