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Supreme Court Rejects Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone In Nuanced Ruling

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court gave both sides in the abortion wars a partial victory Thursday in setting rules for protests at health clinics, deciding that laws may forbid people from obstructing the entrance as long as demonstrators are free to speak on the sidewalk. The justices unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Obama On Recess Appointments

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his power under the Constitution by filling three Federal positions when the Senate was on a brief break, but justices upheld the right of the President to make recess appointments during longer breaks. While the President is authorized to fill vacancies while […]

A U.S.-Iran Alliance On Iraq? Is The Enemy Of Our Enemy Our Friend?

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The United States considers Iran a top state sponsor of terrorism, a budding nuclear threat and a meddlesome supporter of President Bashar Assad’s regime in civil war-torn Syria. But those negatives apparently aren’t enough to prevent Washington from considering calling Iran a potential partner in the battle against a group of al-Qaida-inspired […]

Police Need Warrants To Search Smartphones, Supreme Court Rules

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday dialed up privacy protections for the 21st century, ruling that police need warrants before searching smartphones. In an emphatic decision, the court said smartphones must be screened off from warrantless searches because of their vast information capacity. The ruling distinguishes smartphones and their ilk from objects […]

Cleveland, Dallas Chosen As Finalists To Host 2016 GOP Convention

(MCT) — The Republican Party continued its convention winnowing process Wednesday, narrowing the candidates for its 2016 national gathering to two cities: Cleveland and Dallas. The Democrats, meantime, announced they would scout six cities as the possible venue for their 2016 convention: Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; New York City; Philadelphia; and Phoenix. The GOP, […]

Senators Spar Over The Need For New Voting Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Republicans and Democrats in the Senate argued bitterly Wednesday about the need for a new law to protect the voting rights of minorities. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation to resuscitate a critical provision of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court a year […]

U.S. Envoy Max Baucus To China: More Business Ties, Less Cyber-Theft

BEIJING (MCT) — In his first public address on the U.S.-China relationship since taking up the post of U.S. ambassador, Max Baucus said Wednesday that “the U.S. welcomes China’s rise” and that his priorities include pushing for a bilateral investment treaty and increasing cooperation on environmental issues. But the former Montana senator briefly rapped Beijing […]

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Utah’s Ban On Gay Marriage

(MCT) — In a decision coming from Utah, a Federal appeals court on Wednesday for the first time backed gay marriage. The Denver-based U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court decision that struck down the State’s bans on same-sex marriage. The ruling, which was stayed, sets the stage for an appeal to the […]

Russians Target State Department Spokeswoman For Media Assault

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Among the Russian bloggers and social media activists who are loyal to the Kremlin, there’s a favorite target when it comes to pillorying the United States. President Barack Obama and his chief diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry, come in for a few licks. But for the unbridled ridicule particular to the […]

Boehner Says He Will File Suit Over Obama’s Job Performance

WASHINGTON (MCT) — House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday threatened to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama later this year for “not faithfully executing” the Nation’s laws, a new escalation in a Republican campaign against what it views as Presidential overreach. Democrats dismissed the move as an election-year stunt intended to motivate […]

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