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3 Executions on Hold Until Supreme Court Hears Case

Unless Oklahoma comes up with an alternative to controversial drug

(Newser) - Three death-row inmates in Oklahoma now have a much better chance of living long enough to see whether their court challenge to lethal injection is successful. The Supreme Court today ordered Oklahoma to put the executions on hold until the court hears their case in late April, reports NBC News... More »

CBO: ObamaCare Will Cost 20% Less Than We Thought

Revised estimates come in well under initial ones 5 years ago

(Newser) - When the CBO was crunching numbers back in 2010 on how much ObamaCare would cost the federal government, it came up with a figure of $710 billion for fiscal years 2015 to 2019. Yesterday, the agency cut that by 20% to $571 billion, reports the New York Times . CBO chief... More »

Supreme Court Will Review Lethal Injection

Justices to hear appeal from death-row inmates in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Gay marriage won't be the only high-profile issue on the Supreme Court's docket: The justices today said they would take up the issue of lethal injection, reports SCOTUSblog . Death-row inmates in Oklahoma say the state's three-drug protocol amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, as evidenced by... More »

Supreme Court Unanimous on Inmate Beard Length

Arkansas inmate, Gregory Holt, a Muslim, can grow a half-inch beard

(Newser) - The Supreme Court was unanimous today in a decision that will allow an Arkansas inmate to grow a half-inch beard. The state's rule specified that beard length must be kept to a quarter inch; Gregory Holt, a Muslim man also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, had sought permission to... More »

Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage

Justices expected to issue a decision on constitutionality in June

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will weigh in on the constitutionality of gay marriage in a matter of months. Justices today said they would hear arguments in April, with a decision expected in late June, reports AP . The main question: whether all Americans, regardless of what state they live in, have a... More »

Deep-Voiced Attorneys Less Likely to Win in Court

A male lawyer's voice can actually predict whether he wins his case

(Newser) - When it comes to leaders, men and women both prefer women who have more masculine voices, research shows. And men are more likely to vote for men who use deeper, more masculine tones, while CEOs with deeper voices tend to make more money and run larger companies. But when it... More »

Man at Center of Supreme Court Case Has Vanished

Bobby Chen filed handwritten petition without a lawyer

(Newser) - A New York man was "shocked" when he learned that a home in Baltimore he owned had been razed by the city—illegally, he says—and he managed to get his case all the way to the Supreme Court. But as justices prepare to hear it, Bobby Chen is... More »

Suit: Pregnant Woman Fired Over Bathroom Breaks

Dawn Steckmann says she was accused of 'stealing from company'

(Newser) - When Dawn Steckmann, an employee at a cellphone chip manufacturer in Beaverton, Ore., told her supervisor she was pregnant in 2011, she says he told her not to worry about clocking out during her more-frequent bathroom breaks. But when she became pregnant again in 2013, a bladder issue that arose... More »

Pregnant UPS Worker's Case Divides Supreme Court

Workplace equality ruling rests on ambiguous federal law

(Newser) - Peggy Young requested that she be put on lighter duty when, as a UPS driver, she became pregnant in 2006 and was told by her doctor not to lift heavy packages. That request was denied—forcing Young to take unpaid leave—based on a vague law stating employers must treat... More »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released From Hospital

She'll be at work on Monday: rep

(Newser) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital today after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman says. The 81-year-old jurist was sent home and was expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on... More »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Heart Surgery

Stent was implanted to clear blockage

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a stent implanted to clear a blockage in her right coronary artery. A court spokeswoman says Ginsburg had some discomfort last night during routine exercise and was taken to the hospital. The 81-year-old Ginsburg had the procedure this morning after a coronary... More »

Supreme Court Wades Into Major Environmental Case

The high court will hear arguments regarding EPA emissions standards

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The justices today said they would hear arguments from industry groups and states that... More »

How 4 Words Could Doom ObamaCare

Supreme Court case deals with exchanges 'established by the State': NYTimes

(Newser) - ObamaCare survived a 2012 Supreme Court challenge, but the fight isn't over : Now, justices have agreed to hear an attack on another section of the law. This time, the whole thing hinges on four words, the New York Times editorial board writes. In a subsection, the law says that... More »

Supreme Court to Hear New ObamaCare Challenge

Will decide whether law authorizes subsidies

(Newser) - The Supreme Court agreed today to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. The justices will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. Opponents assert that most of the subsidies are illegal, and... More »

Justice Ginsburg Does the Unusual: Issues a Correction

Incorrect sentence removed from her dissent on Texas voter ID law

(Newser) - On Saturday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law in the November election. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was among the three justices who didn't side with the majority, and she yesterday took what the Wall Street Journal terms an "extraordinary... More »

Alaska, Arizona Join Gay-Marriage States

Number reaches 31, and it's expected to go higher soon

(Newser) - Gay couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona today, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. That brings the number of states that currently allow gay marriage to 31, reports USA Today , though it could reach at least 35 soon . That's up from 19... More »

Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Stay Open in Texas

More can open doors as case is heard in lower courts

(Newser) - Thirteen abortion clinics that shut down in Texas earlier this month can reopen while legal challenges wind through the court system, the Supreme Court ruled today. The decision means that a total of 21 clinics will be open throughout the state, reports ScotusBlog . Justices issued a four-sentence order that blocked... More »

So How Many States Now Allow Gay Marriage? 35-ish

Busy week adds confusion to the mix

(Newser) - This week's flurry of court rulings made it a little tricky to keep track of which states allow gay marriage. The upshot is that the Supreme Court's moves added seven more states to the yes column: Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, bringing the total number... More »

Courts: Voters Don't Need ID at Wisconsin, Texas Polls

Critics say requiring ID now would 'virtually guarantee chaos at the polls'

(Newser) - Advocates of voter ID laws say they help address absentee voter issues; critics say the laws are discriminatory against poor, elderly, and minority voters. Two courts went with the nays last night in Wisconsin and Texas, blocking identification requirements at the polls that some say would have "virtually [guaranteed]... More »

Kennedy Screw-Up Blocked Gay Marriage in Nevada, Too

Supreme Court confirms the accident, says it's fixed

(Newser) - Anthony Kennedy stepped in yesterday and blocked same-sex marriage from going forward in Idaho —but in issuing his order, he accidentally stepped in it and blocked same-sex marriage in Nevada. The cause of confusion? Though Idaho asked the court for a stay, Nevada did not; but Idaho included case... More »

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