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Nov 14, 2011

U.S. top court to take on Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the U.S. healthcare system’s biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said oral arguments would take place in March. There will be a total of 5-1/2 hours of argument. The court would be expected to rule during its current session, which lasts through June.

Nov 14, 2011

Supreme Court agrees to hear Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the healthcare system’s biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

The decision had been widely expected since late September, when the Obama administration asked the nation’s highest court to uphold the centerpiece insurance provision and 26 states separately asked that the entire law be struck down.

Nov 14, 2011

US top court agrees to hear Obama healthcare law

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court agreed on
Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s
healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the
U.S. healthcare system’s biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

The decision had been widely expected since late September,
when the Obama administration asked the nation’s highest court
to uphold the centerpiece insurance provision and 26 states
separately asked that the entire law be struck down.

Nov 10, 2011

Nixon nearly “blew my stack” over Watergate tape gap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Richard Nixon told a U.S. grand jury that he “practically blew my stack” when he learned of the long gap on White House tape sought in the Watergate scandal investigation, according to transcripts released on Thursday.

In one of the biggest political scandals in American history, much has been made of the famous 18-1/2 minute gap on tapes of Nixon’s White House conversations. The key question — did it include incriminating information about the break-in at Democratic National Headquarters by his campaign operatives?

Nov 8, 2011

Supreme court seems troubled by police GPS tracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed concerns about the police secretly putting GPS devices on vehicles to track suspects’ movements, comparing it to the Big Brother police state of the novel “1984.”

If the Obama administration wins its case to allow vehicles to be tracked by global position system, Justice Stephen Breyer said, “Then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen.”

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. high court skeptical in Israel passport case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday seemed to back the Obama administration’s position that only the president can recognize foreign states, as they heard the case of a boy born in Jerusalem to American parents who want his passport to list Israel as his birthplace.

The parents of 9-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky argued that the move should be made under a 2002 law — passed weeks before Menachem was born — that included a provision allowing Israel to be listed as the place of birth on the passport of any American citizen born in Jerusalem.

Nov 7, 2011

Supreme Court skeptical in Israel passport case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Supreme Court justices on Monday seemed to back the Obama administration’s position that only the president can recognize foreign states, as they heard the case of a boy born in Jerusalem to American parents who want his passport to list Israel as his birthplace.

The parents of 9-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky argued that the move should be made under a 2002 law — passed weeks before Menachem was born — that included a provision allowing Israel to be listed as the place of birth on the passport of any American citizen born in Jerusalem.

Nov 4, 2011

Police GPS tracking case to be heard by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court for the first time will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether police need a warrant to track a suspect’s vehicle with a GPS device, another clash between new surveillance technology and basic privacy rights.

It is the latest case involving constitutional privacy rights protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures of evidence, and police use of data from new technologies such as beepers, cellphones and computers.

Nov 2, 2011

Top court hears eyewitness identification case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supreme Court justices appeared reluctant on Wednesday to change how criminal trials are conducted in a case about the reliability of eyewitness identification testimony.

The justices during arguments in a New Hampshire case cited existing safeguards aimed at preventing such testimony and expressed reservation about adopting a broad rule for criminal trials.

Oct 31, 2011

Supreme Court won’t hear Utah memorial cross dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether roadside memorial crosses to honor fallen state highway troopers violated church-state separation, staying out of a dispute over religious symbols on public land.

The justices refused to review a ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the 14 large cross memorials erected along Utah public roads conveyed the message to most passing motorists of government endorsement of Christianity.