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Legal ripple effects in the same-sex marriage debate

By Mary Reichard
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Marriage | Voices of dissent are harder to find in the growing stack of state-by-state court rulings redefining marriage. Last year, in the very sloppy United States v.

Obamacare in peril: ‘The president needs the courts to save him’

By Mary Reichard
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Healthcare | Same day, same issue, two different decisions. Last week, federal appellate judges were at odds over what the law behind Obamacare says and what it means. At…

The Supreme Court is not as unified as it looks

By Mary Reichard
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Supreme Court | Out of 69 decisions the U.S. Supreme Court issued in its latest term, 44 were unanimous. But there’s more to those decisions than meets the eye, and…

Does the Constitution protect prisoners’ beards?

Does the Constitution protect prisoners’ beards?

By Mary Reichard
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Religious Liberty | A Muslim prison inmate has found some unusual allies in Christians who are defending his right to grow a beard. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the…

Supreme Court puts safety before constitutional rights in two law enforcement cases

By Mary Reichard
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Supreme Court | Safety first, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court this week in two cases asking whether law enforcement violated individuals’ constitutional rights. One dealt with…

Legal Docket: Copyright case threatens Hollywood profits

By Mary Reichard
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Courts | Hollywood took it on the chin in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that decided a battle over the 1980 film Raging Bull . The Oscar-winning movie told the…

Breaking down the government’s role in marriage

By Mary Reichard
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Marriage | Last week, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments for and against the ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia, which a federal judge found…

More legal challenges on the way for public religion

By Mary Reichard
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Supreme Court | Since last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision supporting prayer at public meetings, the losing side has come unhinged. A retired Montana Supreme Court…

Two Supreme Court cases that deserved more attention than they got

By Mary Reichard
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Supreme Court | Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on affirmative action overshadowed the news of two other substantial rulings. These rulings—one dealing with the…

Did the Supreme Court open the door to free speech or corruption?

By Mary Reichard
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Supreme Court | Last week, President Barack Obama denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s relaxing of campaign contribution limits on his way to a $32,000-a-plate fundraiser in…

Nine things the Supreme Court said about Hobby Lobby

By Mary Reichard & Lynde Langdon
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Healthcare Mandate | Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court released audio files from the March 25 arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby . The case asks whether Obamacare’s…

Disappointing night for Missouri conservatives

By Mary Reichard
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Politics | SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—The contentious U.S. Senate race in Missouri came to a disappointing end Tuesday for Republicans gathered the Greene County Election Night…

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