Supreme Court: States Can Ban Affirmative Action Policies

In a 6-2 decision, the high court ruled Michigan’s ban on race-based decisions in college admissions does not violate the constitution The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that states can ban affirmative action policies without violating the U.S. Constitution. The ruling, in a 6-2 decision, upholds a voter-approved amendment to Michigan’s state constitution that prohibits race-based college admissions decisions, effectively banning […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Donations

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court strikes down overall limits on campaign contributions given by individual donors to candidates, political parties and political action committees, paving the way for donors to plough millions into federal campaigns Dealing a blow to campaign finance reform efforts, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a 5-4 decision that caps on aggregate amounts of […]

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White House faces off against Congress in Supreme Court

President Obama’s recess appointments to a federal agency– made without Senate confirmation– will be reviewed by the Supreme Court on Monday. It’s a rare intersection of all three branches of the federal government and a major constitutional test of executive power. At issue is whether three people named to the National Labor Relations Board lack authority because the presidential appointments […]

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Supreme Court Opens Packed Term

The Supreme Court opens its new term Monday with lawyers and legal scholars closely watching a number of cases that could change the structure of elections and the balance of power between branches of government. One of the most hotly anticipated cases is National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning. At issue is the president’s ability to use recess appointments […]

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In Landmark Ruling, Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act

Seventeen years after a Democratic president signed a federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman, the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down Wednesday, capping one of the fastest civil rights shifts in the nation’s history. In a landmark 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by bipartisan majorities and signed […]

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Supreme Court Rules that Synthetic Genes Can Be Patented, Natural Genes Cannot

Shares of diagnostic test maker Myriad Genetics Inc. jumped Thursday after the Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling in a case involving the company’s patents on genes at the center of its proprietary tests for increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Myriad, based in Salt Lake City, sells a popular test for a specific gene linked to breast cancer — the only […]

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Supreme Court Rules Police Can Take DNA Swabs From Arrestees

A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday said police can routinely take DNA from people they arrest, equating a DNA cheek swab to other common jailhouse procedures like fingerprinting. “Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote […]

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