U.S. Supreme Court

4:12pm

Mon February 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge To California Affirmative Action Ban

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 4:20 pm

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge to California's 15-year ban on using affirmative action in public college admissions.

As the AP put it, Proposition 209, as it's known, "barred racial, ethnic or gender preferences in public education, employment and contracting." And over the 15 years since it was approved by California voters, that same court has upheld it.

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3:35pm

Tue February 7, 2012
Law

Calif. Decision Puts Marriage Politics In Spotlight

Couple John Lewis (left) and Stuart Gaffney celebrate the gay-marriage ruling outside of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Feb. 7 in San Francisco. The pair had married during the brief time in 2008 when same-sex unions were legal in California.
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The 9th Circuit Court's 2-1 decision Tuesday to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional could propel the issue to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It also promises to inject marriage politics into an election year during which states from New Jersey to Minnesota to Washington will grapple with the issue of gay citizens' right to legally marry.

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11:01am

Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

California's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Court Says

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 4:26 pm

At the top: Proposition 8's supporters (who oppose same-sex marriage). Below: Proposition 8's opponents. Outside the court today in San Francisco.
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California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in a much-anticipated decision from the nation's most populous state. The judges upheld a lower court's ruling.

As you'd expect, the ruling has drawn praise from those who support same-sex marriage and condemnation from those who oppose it. Both sides acknowledge that the decision isn't the last word on the subject — an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.

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6:48am

Tue January 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Stephen Colbert Says His SuperPAC Raised $1 Million

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 8:44 am

Comedian Stephen Colbert at a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina.
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"I'm rolling seven digits deep!" is what Stephen Colbert told the Federal Election Commission in his superPAC's filing this morning.

The comedian said that as of January 30, his political action committee had collected $1,023,121.24 in donations.

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10:01pm

Mon January 30, 2012
Law

GOP Seeks Big Changes In Federal Prison Sentences

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 7:25 am

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Every year, federal judges sentence more than 80,000 criminals. Those punishments are supposed to be fair — and predictable. But seven years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court threw a wrench into the system by ruling that the guidelines that judges use to figure out a prison sentence are only suggestions.

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