Climate change fight in the balance

Climate change fight in the balance

While the public sleeps through an unusually rough winter, the fight against climate change -- or the fight against excessive regulation, depending on your point of view -- is being waged at the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark case involving greenhouse gases.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Keeping concealed carry free

Keeping concealed carry free

Proponents of the right to carry a handgun outside the home are riding high after two federal appeals courts ruled in their favor in a wave of Second Amendment fervor.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Citizens United rolls, SEC rule drifts

Citizens United rolls, SEC rule drifts

A petition that would undo some of the effects of Citizens United vs. FEC has languished without action at the Securities and Exchange Commission for more than two years, while the same narrow U.S. Supreme Court majority that produced Citizens United appears ready to loosen campaign finance rules even further.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Deciding how government prays

Deciding how government prays

Nothing is closer to the hearts of people in the United States than local politics and prayer, usually Christian prayer. The U.S. Supreme Court may be about to rule on how closely the two can be combined.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Hobbling the NSA

Hobbling the NSA

The National Security Agency -- pummeled by political attacks, legal challenges, calls for reform and a highly critical review board report demanding an end to its massive surveillance program -- still must pursue its counter-terror campaign, especially in the run-up to the Super Bowl at home and the Sochi Games abroad.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Little Sisters jab, still no KO

Little Sisters jab, still no KO

A U.S. Supreme Court order late last month protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor from the immediate effects of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate is being hailed as a triumph for the religious order. But the outcome may leave the average person wondering what has been gained.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Sharing a smartphone with police

Sharing a smartphone with police

Do police have the right to search the contents of a smartphone -- often containing the massive details and photos of someone's life in digital form -- without a warrant after an arrest, and then use the results of that search against a suspect in court?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Snatching profits out of the air

Snatching profits out of the air

Major television broadcasters -- ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Disney and others -- have stampeded to the U.S. Supreme Court to demand justice in a dispute with a new technology business that could radically change their industry.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer
The good sisters tangle with Obamacare

The good sisters tangle with Obamacare

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act -- and they are many and vociferous -- may be asking: Why is the Obama administration beating up on the Little Sisters of the Poor?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Writer
What Snowden hath wrought

What Snowden hath wrought

If President Obama adopts the recommendations of his blue-ribbon panel on the reform of the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, will the political and legal challenges to that program evaporate like the last few drops of single-malt whiskey in a glass?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Writer
Religious convictions vs. the 'morning after pill'

Religious convictions vs. the 'morning after pill'

A bitter fight is building in the U.S. Supreme Court between employers who say their religious convictions make them abhor contraception -- especially the "morning after pill" seen by many as an abortion-inducing drug -- and the Obama administration, which says contraception is a healthcare right under the law.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Are school massacres linked to violent video games?

Are school massacres linked to violent video games?

As the burials of 20 first graders and six of their teachers and caretakers sadly play out in grief-stricken Newtown, Conn., some powerful voices are calling for a look at a possible connection between the violent video games favored by young males and violent acts. But the chances of courtroom survival for any laws trying to curb such games are not good.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
Scalia in '08 -- Right to bear arms is 'not unlimited'

Scalia in '08 -- Right to bear arms is 'not unlimited'

The U.S. Supreme Court, within the last five years, has twice affirmed the Second Amendment contains an individual right to bear arms, but in one of those majority rulings, the court's most conservative justice left room to control the types of weapons used in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre, where 28 people were slaughtered, including 20 young children.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Woman, 83, unlikely same-sex marriage warrior

Woman, 83, unlikely same-sex marriage warrior

Edith Windsor is an unlikely civil rights hero, but at 83 she finds herself on the front lines of the fight over same-sex marriage.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Spying on the American public

Spying on the American public

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether a coalition of civil rights advocates and lawyers can challenge a law that allows spying on citizens in the United States without a warrant in the name of counter-terrorism -- but unless Congress steps on the gas the law will expire on New Year's Eve, leaving the high court case hanging in midair.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Justices consider DOMA challenges, Prop 8

Justices consider DOMA challenges, Prop 8

It's crunch time at the U.S. Supreme Court this week for proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage as the high court, like Oz, retreats behind the curtain to work its magic.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Gutting the Voting Rights Act?

Gutting the Voting Rights Act?

Is the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court getting ready to gut the federal Voting Rights Act five decades after it was enacted?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Karl Rove's efforts go down in flames

Karl Rove's efforts go down in flames

The real loser last week on Election Day appears to be Karl Rove, who now has to explain to his shadowy billionaire donors how he spent hundreds of millions of dollars in "independent" expenditures on Mitt Romney's behalf and came up a cropper.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Defense of Marriage Act on the line

Defense of Marriage Act on the line

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are scheduled to sit down behind closed doors Nov. 20 and decide whether they should hear argument in any of the multiple challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act, which says federal benefits and considerations for married couples apply only to heterosexual unions.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Karl Rove wearing the big boy pants

Karl Rove wearing the big boy pants

The public and the media are largely ignoring the phenomenon but hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it in secret money, are driving the the final negative days of the U.S. presidential election, and in this arena, Karl Rove is wearing the big boy pants.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Voter ID fight finally reaches high court

Voter ID fight finally reaches high court

The fight over whether states can demand some sort of identification before allowing voters to cast ballots has finally reached the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices agreed to hear argument on Arizona's law requiring voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship before registering.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Will voter ID fight determine the election?

Will voter ID fight determine the election?

With President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney fighting for every vote as the bitter U.S. presidential election campaign races through its final weeks, Democrats appear to be winning in at least one vital arena: Republican sponsored voter ID laws are falling like flies in the courts.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Affirmative action again on trial

Affirmative action again on trial

The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday again becomes the battleground over the use of affirmative action for college admissions, this time in a case from Texas.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Big Brother, big dogs are looking at you

Big Brother, big dogs are looking at you

The 2012 U.S. Supreme Court term erupts on the First Monday in October, and in this first month the justices once again look at the intimate relationship between powerful authority and private citizens, and how intrusive that authority can become to protect the nation's interests.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
Free speech and Islam on fire

Free speech and Islam on fire

How can the U.S. government allow a shadowy Los Angeles area man to make and show an anti-Islam film that has outraged Muslims across the globe and ignited protests in North Africa and the Middle East that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including an ambassador, and put other U.S. diplomats and military in the greatest danger?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent
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