Narrow Ruling for Hobby Lobby in SCOTUS Landmark Birth Control Case *Updated*

By |June 30th, 2014|

Hobby Lobby wins narrow ruling exemption closely held companies from birth control requirements of Obamacare. The first reactions from other news sources overread Hobby Lobby significantly. The Court makes clear that the government can provide coverage to the female employees. And it strongly suggests it would reject broad religious claims to, for example, [...]

Tragedy in Israel, Three Bodies Found, Hamas Blamed [Video]

By |June 30th, 2014|

Reaction to news of 3 bodies being found was swift in Israel. Screen grab from New York Times video. Israeli television reports said the bodies had been discovered by volunteers, guides from the Kfar Etzion Field School. The television accounts said the bodies had been partly covered and appeared to have been dumped [...]

Bill Clinton Era RFRA Hangs Over Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case

By |June 30th, 2014|

Landmark Hobby Lobby birth control case involves RFRA. One important point will be if the Supreme Court will give profit-making corporations a constitutional right under RFRA to an exemption from laws that must be obeyed by everyone in the general public. But employees who received federally endorsed health care benefits have RFRA rights, [...]

Unions Dealt Blow but Survive Worst in SCOTUS Ruling

By |June 30th, 2014|

Unions dealt blow in another narrow SCOTUS decision that could have been much worse. Sketch by Art Lien, who has been drawing SCOTUS since 1978. I think that there is no immediate effect. Harris holds that state home carers can't be forced to pay union fees, in substantial part, because they are not [...]

Oscar Pistorius Trial Resumes *UPDATED*

By |June 30th, 2014|

Oscar Pistorius on the way to testify in the murder trial of Reeva Steenkamp before his medical evaluation that delayed the trial for 30 days. Twitpic via Sky News (CNN) -- Oscar Pistorius was not mentally incapacitated when he shot his girlfriend to death, a psychiatric assessment of the athlete found. The results [...]

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International Conference on Men’s Issues Cites Hillary Clinton as Enemy #1

By |June 30th, 2014|

NBC News captures activists at the International Conference on Men's Issues in St. Claire Shores, Mich. Photo by Adam Serwer for MSNBC "We need to name names," Pizzey said, "and first on my list is Hillary Clinton." One of the few overtly partisan moments at the conference, it drew loud cheers and applause [...]

Hillary, Elizabeth too, Crushing GOP Boys in Book Sales

By |June 27th, 2014|

BOOK SALES: Hillary's book outselling all of the GOP boys' club books combined. Elizabeth Warren joining her in big book sales. Picture via Ready for Hillary on Twitter Meanwhile, Republicans who have similarly aimed to boost their profile with a book -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Florida Gov. [...]

SCOTUS Limits Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone, Rebukes Obama

By |June 26th, 2014|

SCOTUS unanimously rules 35-foot abortion clinic buffer zone is too expansive in narrow opinion that doesn't question buffer zone legality. TWO UNANIMOUS opinions out of the Supreme Court today, which doesn't happen very often. It's not going to make my feminist friends happy that in unanimously striking down the Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer [...]

NAACP to Cochran, Who’s Your Daddy?, as GOP Drops 2014 Cash Bomb

By |June 26th, 2014|

NAACP has a message for Thad Cochran, as Republicans drop a money bomb to elect so-called "moderate" Republicans. "Our advocacy towards his office is to support amending the Voting Rights Act, free of any conditions such as voter ID," Johnson said. "I think this is an opportunity for him to show some reciprocity [...]

Digital Privacy Made Sacrosanct by The Supremes

By |June 25th, 2014|

Landmark DIGITAL PRIVACY ruling by SCOTUS. Sketch by Art Lien, who has been drawing SCOTUS since 1978. Seeing an individual with a cellphone is such a common thing today, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., wrote, "the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy." [SCOTUSBLOG] THE [...]