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Wait, What? SCOTUS Sides with Progressives on EPA Regulations

Wait, What? SCOTUS Sides with Progressives on EPA Regulations
On Monday, in one of those infamous "5-4" decisions, the Supreme Court signaled something of a change in the weather. This time, the "five" sided with progressive interests rather than against. The question was whether or not the (Bush administration) EPA would be allowed to impose regulations controlling greenhouse gasses.
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Cell Your Rights Short: Supreme Court Considers Warrant-less Phone Searches

Cell Your Rights Short: Supreme Court Considers Warrant-less Phone Searches
The Supreme Court is considering whether police may search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant. The court's latest foray into the issue of privacy in the digital age involves two cases being argued Tuesday that arose from searches of phones carried by a gang member and a drug dealer. Police looked through their cellphones after taking the suspects into custody and found evidence that led to their convictions and lengthy prison terms.
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Mark Sherman
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Halliburton, Chamber of Commerce Urging SCOTUS to Give Corps More Power Against Class-Action Suits

Halliburton, Chamber of Commerce Urging SCOTUS to Give Corps More Power Against Class-Action Suits
The Supreme Court is considering whether to abandon a quarter-century of precedent and make it tougher for investors to band together to sue corporations for securities fraud. The Obama administration opposes the change.
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Sam Hananel
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Will Public Support for Same-Sex Unions Influence Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions?

Will Public Support for Same-Sex Unions Influence Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions?
The court is expected to rule by late June in two cases involving same-sex marriage. One is a challenge to California's voter-approved Proposition 8 that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The other seeks to strike down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denies to legally married same-sex couples a range of benefits that generally are available to married heterosexuals.
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The 50th Senator to Support Marriage Equality is a Republican from IL

The 50th Senator to Support Marriage Equality is a Republican from IL
Tuesday, Illinois Republican Mark Kirk became the 50th U.S. Senator to support marriage for same-sex couples. Sen. Kirk is the second sitting Republican Senator to support the freedom to marry, following Ohio Republican Rob Portman's announcement last month.
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How the Internet Turned Red to Support Same-Sex Marriage

How the Internet Turned Red to Support Same-Sex Marriage
A new infographic by Rad Campaign shows how the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) turned their red logo to support marriage equality into a viral success overnight.
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Supreme Court’s Favorable Rating Still at Historic Low

Supreme Court’s Favorable Rating Still at Historic Low
As the Supreme Court deliberates on two same-sex marriage cases, and with several other high-profile cases on its docket, the court’s favorability rating remains close to an all-time low.
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Sotomayor Defends Racial Equality in Her Supplemental Statement

Sotomayor Defends Racial Equality in Her Supplemental Statement
Justice Sonia Sotomayor stood in strong defense of racial equality recently when she explicitly condemned the shameful history of racism in the American criminal justice system.
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Supreme Court Sees Record Free Ticket Line for DOMA, Prop 8 Cases

Supreme Court Sees Record Free Ticket Line for DOMA, Prop 8 Cases
Lines frequently form in advance for the free tickets to high-profile arguments, but five days before a case is particularly early. For last year's three days of arguments over the Affordable Care Act, the line began about three days early.
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Clinton Embraces Same-Sex Marriage One Week Before Supreme Court Hears Cases

Clinton Embraces Same-Sex Marriage One Week Before Supreme Court Hears Cases
Despite holding back in supporting same-sex marriage, Hillary Clinton was a strong support of gay rights, both in the U.S. and abroad, during her tenure at the State Department. Under her watch, the U.S. government made it official policy to promote gay rights around the world.
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