President Obama hit the road Thursday for Minnesota, grabbing a burger stuffed with cheese and some ice cream while trying to interact with “real” people. He also again dished out some criticism of the political culture in Washington, namely what he called “phony scandals” that he said are based on “fabricated issues” aimed at “ginning up a base” at a town hall. Continue reading
In the first of two high-profile unanimous Supreme Court decisions, temporary appointments made by President Obama in 2012 were ruled illegal because Congress was not in recess. In the second, the justices struck down a 35-foot buffer zone prohibiting protests outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to explain the details. Continue reading
The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.
The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone that far from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: Boehner plans legal challenge to Obama’s executive authority McDaniel not throwing in the towel yet in Mississippi Line Items: Wednesday’s Supreme Court decisions, Susan Collins supports same-sex marriage & RNC convention sites narrowed to Cleveland … Continue reading
In a sweeping decision to protect privacy in the digital age, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that police need a warrant to search cell phones. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Gwen Ifill to look at their unanimous decision, as well as the court’s ruling in a case against Aereo, an Internet startup that sought to share broadcast network TV signals without paying a fee. Continue reading
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court rules police must get a warrant before looking through the cell phones of people they arrest. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
The justices said that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This rule applies when a company needs a permit to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution. Carbon dioxide is the chief gas linked to global warming. Continue reading
One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term will may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans. Continue reading
The Supreme Court ruled that if an individual intends to buy a gun for someone else, he or she must say so. In a separate ruling, the court unanimously supported a challenge to an Ohio law that makes it illegal to lie about a candidate’s position during a campaign. For a closer look at both cases, Jeffrey Brown talks to Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal. Continue reading