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Cartoonists Weigh in on Landmark Gay Marriage Cases

Cartoonists Weigh in on Landmark Gay Marriage Cases
Justice Scalia's horrible comments on homosexuality, Rush Limbaugh's hypocrisy and the growing support nationally for marriage equality are all storylines in two landmark cases about gay marriage coming before the Supreme Court. Leave it to cartoonists to have the best commentary
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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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Antonin Scalia Should Resign

Antonin Scalia Should Resign
Wednesday’s testimony at the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act was historical for many reasons.  The 1965 VRA is the law that Congress passed in response to the 15th amendment, which was ratified 97 years earlier.  In other words it took Congress 97 years to develop the courage, information and creativity to craft a bill to protect the foundational right of our democracy.
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Voting Rights Act Meets the Supreme Court: Will Ballot Box Discrimination Get the Boot?

Voting Rights Act Meets the Supreme Court: Will Ballot Box Discrimination Get the Boot?
The most potent weapon in fighting discrimination at the ballot box was before the Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case that weighs the nation's enormous progress in civil rights against the need to continue to protect minority voters.
The justices were hearing arguments in a challenge to the part of the Voting Rights Act that forces places with a history of discrimination, mainly in the Deep South, to get approval before they make any change in the way elections are held.
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Supreme Court Seems to Side with Monsanto Over Soybean Farmer

Supreme Court Seems to Side with Monsanto Over Soybean Farmer
The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.
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IL Court Denies Motion to Stay Marriage Cases

IL Court Denies Motion to Stay Marriage Cases
Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division denied a motion to stay the cases brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking marriage for same-sex couples. The motion attempted to delay any action in the case pending decisions in two federal marriage cases up for review in the SCOTUS: United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.
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Justice Thomas Breaks His Seven Years of Silence

Justice Thomas Breaks His Seven Years of Silence
Justice Clarence Thomas did something at a Supreme Court argument Monday for the first time in nearly seven years — he spoke. But what Thomas said is not clear, other than he appears to have joked about Ivy League lawyers.
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First Openly Gay Appellate Jurist in CT History Nominated

McDonald graduated from Cornell University in 1988 and received his law degree, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1991, where he was the managing editor of the Connecticut Journal of International Law. He lives in Stamford with his husband Charles Gray.
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NJ Task Force Releases State Budget Report

The report was prepared prior to Hurricane Sandy, and a hastily-made one-page insert about the hurricane was inserted into the slick 84-page report.
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Holder Defends Voting Rights Act, Calls for Reform

Section 5 requires that states with a history of racially motivated voter suppression get approval from the Department of Justice before changing their election laws.
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