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Jun 29, 2012

High court won’t consider FCC media ownership rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday rejected challenges to the Federal Communication Commission’s U.S. media-ownership rules, longtime limits on cross-ownership of a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in a single market

The justices refused to hear appeals by Media General Inc, by broadcast and newspaper groups and by a broadcasting trade group arguing that the Supreme Court should reconsider past precedents that broadcast “scarcity” justified the ownership restrictions under the Constitution’s First Amendment.

Jun 29, 2012

High court agrees no indecency fine for CBS “wardrobe malfunction”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday let stand a lower court decision to throw out a federal agency’s $550,000 indecency fine against CBS Corp for airing singer Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl broadcast.

Jackson’s right breast was briefly exposed to almost 90 million TV viewers after singer Justin Timberlake ripped off part of her bustier during a halftime show performance. CBS was fined $27,500 for each of the 20 stations it owned.

Jun 29, 2012

U.S. top court upholds healthcare law in Obama triumph

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Thursday in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats who championed the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system.

In a 5-4 ruling based on the power of Congress to impose taxes, the nation’s highest court preserved the law’s “individual mandate” requiring that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax. The justices also preserved, with some changes, a provision of the law expanding the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.

Jun 29, 2012

Top court upholds healthcare law in Obama triumph

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Thursday in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats who championed the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. healthcare system.

In a 5-4 ruling based on the power of Congress to impose taxes, the nation’s highest court preserved the law’s “individual mandate” requiring that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax. The justices also preserved, with some changes, a provision of the law expanding the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.

Jun 28, 2012

US top court upholds key Obama healthcare centerpiece

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Thursday upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s
signature healthcare overhaul law requiring that most Americans
get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty, a historic
ruling that gave the White House a big win ahead of Obama’s
re-election bid in November.

“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain
individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health
insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Chief
Justice John Roberts wrote for the court’s majority.

Jun 28, 2012

Top court strikes down military medal lying law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a federal law that makes it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal, ruling it violated constitutional free-speech rights.

By a 6-3 vote in a case about how far the government may go to prosecute false claims about military honors, the high court handed a setback to the Obama administration over the “Stolen Valor Act” adopted by Congress in 2006.

Jun 28, 2012

U.S. top court to deliver Obama healthcare law ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to deliver on Thursday its ruling on President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul, his signature domestic policy achievement, in a historic case that could hand him a huge triumph or a stinging rebuke just over four months before he seeks re-election.

The nine justices are scheduled to take the bench at 15:00 British Time (1400 GMT) on the last day of the high court’s term to read their final opinions, including their decision in the epic legal battle over the healthcare law.

Jun 28, 2012

Supreme Court to deliver Obama healthcare law ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to deliver on Thursday its ruling on President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul, his signature domestic policy achievement, in a historic case that could hand him a huge triumph or a stinging rebuke just over four months before he seeks re-election.

The nine justices are scheduled to take the bench at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on the last day of the high court’s term to read their final opinions, including their decision in the epic legal battle over the healthcare law.

Jun 27, 2012
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U.S. Supreme Court clears way for California to remove large cross

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(The Mount Soledad cross, 1 Oct 2005/Will Fresch)

The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling that a large Christian cross as part of a war memorial in California violated the constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion.

The justices rejected an appeal on Monday by the Obama administration and by an association that erected the cross arguing the government should not be forced to take down the memorial cross that stood atop Mount Soledad in San Diego since 1954 to honor veterans.

Jun 25, 2012

US high court splits its verdict on Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday upheld the main provision of Arizona’s crackdown on
illegal immigrants but threw out three other parts, handing
partial victories to President Barack Obama in his challenge to
the law and to the measure’s conservative supporters.

In an important test of whether federal or state governments
have the power to enforce immigration laws, the top U.S. court
unanimously upheld the statute’s most controversial aspect, a
requirement that police officers check the immigration status of
people they stop, even for minor offenses such as jay-walking.