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Jul 29, 2015

Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Opponents of President
Barack Obama’s soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon
emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and
potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme
Court decision that saved Obamacare.

In that June case, the court said that the healthcare law
was an issue of such importance that the court would not stick
to its usual practice of deferring to a government agency’s
legal expertise when interpreting ambiguously written laws.

Jul 28, 2015

U.S. appeals court upholds bulk of Obama air pollution rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday
mostly upheld a major federal environmental regulation requiring
some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air
in neighboring states.

The U.S. Court of appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit rejected several broad challenges to the regulation. But
in a partial loss for the government, the court said the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency will have to reconsider the 2014
emissions budgets it set for various states for sulfur dioxide
and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Jul 24, 2015

U.S. court revives challenge to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court
handed a Texas bank a small victory on Friday, ruling that it
has legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the
U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the appointment of
the bureau’s director.

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit found the State National Bank of
Big Spring “is not a mere outsider asserting a constitutional
objection to the bureau” and is subject to the bureau’s
rulemaking powers.

Jul 22, 2015

Republican Cruz uses Senate perch to blast Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday stepped up his criticisms of the U.S. Supreme Court over its recent decisions on gay marriage and Obamacare, saying the rulings were “the very definition of tyranny.”

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cruz held a hearing on “Supreme Court activism” and took aim at Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Jul 20, 2015

Americans favor Supreme Court term limits – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – Most Americans would support
imposing a term limit on the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices,
who now serve for life, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll has found
in the aftermath of major rulings by the court on Obamacare and
gay marriage.

Limiting terms would be difficult, requiring an amendment to
the U.S. Constitution. Congress shows no signs of taking up the
idea, though Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz has
suggested the possibility of justices being voted out of office.

Jul 7, 2015

U.S. court upholds federal contractor campaign finance ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a long-standing ban on U.S. government contractors making campaign contributions in federal elections, emphasizing that the policy was put in place to prevent corruption.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against three individual contractors who contended that the ban violated their constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.

Jul 3, 2015

In Supreme Court term, Obama wins big and loses small

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration was unexpectedly on the winning side in nearly all the close, politically significant Supreme Court cases decided in the term that ended this week, including blockbuster rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage.

The run of victories ran counter to the administration’s recent mixed record. It lost major cases at the hands of the conservative-leaning court in the two previous terms.

Jun 30, 2015

U.S. justices take up new Arizona redistricting panel challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday
agreed to take up a fresh challenge to a commission in Arizona
that draws legislative districts just a day after ruling on a
related case.

The new case, brought by a group of voters, questions some
of the decisions made by the commission, including the
consideration of minorities in drawing state legislative
boundaries.

Jun 30, 2015

Supreme Court takes up major case on public sector union dues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to take up a case that could weaken public sector unions, a challenge by 10 non-union public school teachers who say California’s requirement that they pay the equivalent of union dues violates their free speech rights.

The teachers have asked the court to upend a decades-old practice that lets public-sector unions collect money from workers who do not want union representation so long as the money is not spent on political activities.

Jun 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion restrictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to block temporarily parts of a strict new Texas abortion law.

The court granted a request by women’s health providers, which had asked it to put a temporary hold on a June 9 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling. The groups had asked the high court to put the provisions on hold until they can file a formal petition asking the justices to take the case.