Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation
October 15th, 2013
11:48 AM ET
12 months ago

Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation

Washington (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 announced Tuesday they had accepted six separate appeals for review, which will be consolidated into an hour of oral arguments scheduled for early next year. A ruling is expected by June.

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Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown
October 14th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
12 months ago

Catholic priest sues over access denial at military base because of shutdown

(CNN) – A Catholic priest has gone to court, saying the partial government shutdown is preventing him from providing religious services– even voluntarily– on a U.S. military base.

Father Ray Leonard filed a lawsuit Monday in federal district court in Washington, saying he "wishes to continue practicing his faith and ministering to his faith community free of charge... but has been told that he is subject to arrest if he does so."
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High court divided over political donor limits
October 8th, 2013
12:08 PM ET
12 months ago

High court divided over political donor limits

Washington (CNN) - A free-speech legal fight over the fuel of partisan politics - the billions at stake in federal campaign donations - produced a predictably divided Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A spirited hour of oral arguments left in doubt whether current aggregate limits on direct campaign contributions by individuals - in the Federal Election Campaign Act - will be upheld.

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Church and state, executive power on Supreme Court docket
October 6th, 2013
11:06 AM ET
12 months ago

Church and state, executive power on Supreme Court docket

(CNN) - Outlined below are some key cases the Supreme Court is scheduled to tackle in its 2013-14 term, which starts Monday.

Forty-eight appeals are currently on the docket. As many as three dozen more are expected to be added in coming months. The caseload for the term is usually settled by February, with the term effectively ending in late June.

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Money and politics high court's first big case this term
October 6th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
12 months ago

Money and politics high court's first big case this term

Washington (CNN) - Shaun McCutcheon is an electrical engineer by trade, but grassroots politics may be his true passion.

The Alabama native has worked for years with his local Republican Party in Birmingham, and is chairman of Conservative Action Fund, a so-called "super PAC" that "promotes conservative Republicans' time-proven messages and effective solutions."

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Business as usual at Supreme Court and other federal courts
October 2nd, 2013
11:59 AM ET
12 months ago

Business as usual at Supreme Court and other federal courts

Washington (CNN) - It was business as usual at the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts, which are immune - at least temporarily - from the government shutdown.

The justices have been back from summer break for several weeks, and issued a long summary on Tuesday of pending business.

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Homeland Security nominee under scrutiny over foreign investor's visa
July 23rd, 2013
07:42 PM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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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High court lets same-sex marriages in California continue
June 30th, 2013
02:24 PM ET
1 year 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
1 year 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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