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South Dakota Lawmakers Push Bill for Mandatory Gun Ownership

-Eleanor Clift
The bill, which is unlikely to pass, is meant to illustrate what many critics of the health care law believe -- that the requirement for individuals to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.
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Supreme Court Takes Death Row Appeal, Turns Down Campaign Finance Challenge

-Politics Daily Staff

An Alabama man, convicted of two killings in 1997, will get his day before the high court, after paper-work mix-ups halted his earlier appeals.

Supreme Court Clears Path Toward Post-Conviction DNA Testing

-Andrew Cohen

The Justices made it easier -- but only slightly so -- for convicted prisoners to get DNA testing they say can exonerate them.

Jared Lee Loughner Case: Feds Add Murder Charges, Potential Death Penalty

-Andrew Cohen

A grand jury outlines the full contours of the federal case against the Tucson, Ariz., shooting suspect.

Supreme Court's 8-1 Westboro Ruling -- and Alito's Passionate Dissent

-Andrew Cohen

Lone dissents are often the loudest. And sometimes the longest remembered.

Judge Says States Must Enforce Health Reform Law He Threw Out

-Tom Diemer

Judge Roger Vinson stayed his own order to allow government more time to appeal his ruling in Florida's challenge to the health law -- part of tangle of cases likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Upholds Westboro Baptist Church's Right to Military Funeral Protests

-Andrew Cohen

The protesters are "entitled to 'special protection' under the First Amendment," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, "and that protection cannot be overcome by a jury finding that the picketing was outrageous."

Third Federal Judge OKs Affordable Care Act

-Andrew Cohen

The Constitution doesn't stop Congress from preventing 'free rides' on health insurance for people who would opt not to buy it, a federal judge says.

Florida Homeless Advocates Claim 1st Amendment Right to Meet, Eat in Park

-Mark I. Pinsky

An Orlando city ordinance restricting how often homeless people can be given free meals in parks is being challenged in federal court.

Former Sen. Russ Feingold Launches 'Progressive Movement'

-Tom Diemer

The co-sponsor of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law wants to fight the influence of corporate money which poured into GOP campaigns after the Supreme Court threw out key sections of the reform.

Legal Battle Over Tucson Defendant Jared Loughner's 'Real' Mug Shot

-Andrew Cohen

In seeking to block the release of booking photos not yet seen by the public, Loughner's defense attorneys try to limit damage already done

Supreme Court Should Decide Fate of Health Law Promptly, Officials Say

-Tom Diemer

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican, both want the Supreme Court to begin immediately considering challenges to the new health care law.

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