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Supreme Court rules campaign contribution caps unconstitutional

Supreme Court rules campaign contribution caps unconstitutional

April 2 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court Wednesday made one of their most significant campaign finance decisions by declaring caps on campaign contributions unconstitutional.
Aileen Graef

Supreme Court ruling in land case could be trouble for public trails

WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday easements for private land used for railroad beds expire when the railroads go out of business and revert to landowners.
Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

Obama's choice for civil rights chief fails in Senate

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama's civil rights nominee Wednesday because of criticism over his involvement in the defense of a convicted cop-killer.

High court gives military wider right to enforce protest rules

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday the commander of a U.S. Air Force base in California can set the rules for an outside protest area.

Arizona license ban affecting legal citizens

PHOENIX, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Legal residents from other states are having trouble getting Arizona driver's licenses because of a state law aimed at undocumented immigrants, officials said.
Hobbling the NSA

Hobbling the NSA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- 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

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
By United Press International

Supreme Court leery of Mass. abortion-protest buffer zone

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared skeptical Wednesday of the legality of Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone for protests at abortion clinics, observers said.
Same-sex marriage rolls

Same-sex marriage rolls

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- As the nation enters the 14th year of the 21st century, the fight over same-sex marriage is far from over. Despite pronouncements from a reality TV star -- who said they're going straight to hell -- gays and lesbians are instead going straight to the courts, where they have met with some success.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer
At year's end: Fasten your Supreme Court seat belt, bumpy ride ahead

At year's end: Fasten your Supreme Court seat belt, bumpy ride ahead

Paraphrasing Forrest Gump, "The rest of the U.S. Supreme Court term is like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're gonna get."
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, United Press International
Obamacare once more under the knife

Obamacare once more under the knife

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The stage is set at the U.S. Supreme Court for the bitter struggle between women's health on one side, and on the other side the religious scruples of business owners who see contraception as immoral and morning-after pills as murder.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Writer
Obamacare: Arrogance, Corruption and Abuse

Obamacare: Arrogance, Corruption and Abuse

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- It took paramount arrogance for U.S. President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to believe they could write an Affordable Care Act that would replace free markets across a healthcare sector as large as the economy of France.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator
Locking away the innocent

Locking away the innocent

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The case of Ryan Ferguson, the Missouri man freed after spending 10 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, shows that the nation's justice system, one of the fairest in the world, occasionally convicts the innocent, puts them in prison and throws away the key. Does the U.S. Supreme Court give a damn?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer
Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings

Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Wednesday on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer, but the justices seemed unsure how to rule.
Divided Supreme Court hears donation restriction challenge

Divided Supreme Court hears donation restriction challenge

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Tuesday on whether the "aggregate" limits on campaign contributions are unconstitutional.
Some Supreme Court justices attend mass before Christian prayer case

Some Supreme Court justices attend mass before Christian prayer case

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A U.S. Supreme Court majority attended mass before starting a term that includes deciding whether Christian prayer at government meetings is constitutional.
Getting out of the budget and debt morass

Getting out of the budget and debt morass

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. government shutdown is proving less draconian than presidential warnings but failing to raise the debt ceiling and default would be another matter.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Facing tyranny, the GOP had no choice

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, as much as House Republicans, shut down the federal government. He isn't willing to compromise on just about any issue, leaving the GOP with no other options.
PETER MORICI, UPI Outside View Commentator

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 29th, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.
By United Press International
Obama White House had NSA limits reversed

Obama White House had NSA limits reversed

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Obama administration quietly got a court to undo U.S. surveillance limits on the use of intercepted phone calls and emails, The Washington Post reported.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
By United Press International

Ginsburg first Supreme Court justice to officiate gay marriage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg married a gay couple Saturday, becoming the first U.S. Supreme Court justice to officiate a same-sex wedding.
U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

U.S. Justice Ginsburg to officiate at same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at the marriage of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts in Washington.
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