NSA telephone metadata collection ruled illegal

Yesterday the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government’s broad collection program of telephone metadata — involving both international and domestic calls — is illegal. The opinion is lengthy and tackles several issues, and is worth picking apart a bit.

Same-sex Marriage Laws Just Got Interesting Again

Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling supporting four states’ ban on marriage for same-sex couples.  And with that, it is virtually assured that the Supreme Court will finally take up the issue.

Posner’s at it again

Fresh off his recent brilliant decimation of bans against marriage for same-sex couples,  last week Judge Posner served up some fresh vitriol against the recent strain of Republican-backed “voter ID” laws.

Posner is my hero

A three-judge panel from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals handed down their decision today in the same-sex marriage cases originating in Wisconsin and Indiana. They unanimously affirmed the district court’s rulings that the same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.

Understanding the Hobby Lobby ruling

This morning, on the last day of the Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 term, the Court handed down its 5-4 ruling on the much-anticipated Hobby Lobby case.

Today at the Supreme Court: when can police search your cell phone?

  Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two cases related to searching cell phones:  Riley vs. California  and United States vs. Wurie.  The issue in both is the same: if the police arrest you, do they have the right to search your cell phone’s contents? Today there is no dispute that the police may […]

IUDs

Here’s a really interesting and informative read on IUDs, with a history of the research done on them and how exactly they work. This is timely, as the article points out, because of the Hobby Lobby case that came up before the Supreme Court last month and is awaiting a ruling. While the issue in that court […]

The Real Abortion Battle is at the State Level

When you’re convinced that you’re losing the battle, what do you do?  Find a new battlefield. Several years back, the Republican party made a quiet yet very significant shift in its political strategy. The new strategy has two interconnected prongs: 1. Thwart, blockade and obstruct nearly everything at the federal level so that nothing happens. […]

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