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  • News media crews wait for decisions in the final days of the Supreme Court's term, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Washington. The justices ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The justices said by a 6-3 vote that Aereo Inc. is violating the broadcasters' copyrights by taking the signals for free.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Supreme Court ruling dents public sector labor unions

    The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public employee unions Monday, ruling that at least in some cases, they cannot compel workers to pay dues because it violates their freedom of political speech.

  • Supporters of a war memorial cross at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in San Diego are not giving up in their fight to keep the 58-year-old monument right where it is in the face of an adverse ruling from a federal appeals court. (Associated Press)

    Court inaction on Calif. cross leaves it standing

    The Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal in the case of the Mount Soledad cross, but that doesn't mean the iconic cross is coming down any time soon.

  • "It is beyond dispute that children will often feel bound to submit to police questioning when an adult in the same circumstances would feel free to leave," said Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the case involving juvenile rights. (Associated Press)

    High court expands juveniles' Miranda rights

    A divided Supreme Court said Thursday that police and courts must consider a child's age when examining whether a boy or girl is in custody, a move the court's liberals called "common sense" but the conservatives called an "extreme makeover" of Miranda rights.

  • Illustration: Free speech by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    KNIGHT: High cost of free speech

    I'm with Samuel A. Alito Jr. - at least in spirit. The associate justice was alone in his dissent in Snyder v. Phelps, in which the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 ruling on Wednesday voided a damage verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing a Maryland soldier's funeral. You know the Westboro folks. They're the media darlings from Topeka, Kan., who have picketed nearly 600 funerals. The Rev. Fred Phelps and his family brandish signs, the most famous of which is "God Hates Fags." Lately, they've been picketing military funerals with signs such as "God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," saying they got what they deserve because America tolerates homosexuality.

  • ** FILE ** Rebekah Phelps-Roper, demonstrating near the Tennessee Capitol in 2006, is a member of Westboro Baptist Church, a group whose right to protest at funerals of American soldiers killed in combat carrying signs such as "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "Priests Rape Boys'' was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011. (Associated Press)

    Supreme Court upholds protests at military funerals as free speech

    The Supreme Court ruled decisively Wednesday that a fringe anti-gay group has a constitutionally protected right to stage hateful protests at the funerals of dead soldiers, saying "such speech cannot be restricted simply because it is upsetting or arouses contempt."

  • O'Donnell

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    Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell of Delaware is calling out the Republican establishment in Washington for not helping her underdog campaign.

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The Senate is expected to vote this week on Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.

    Kagan's confirmation tally becomes Hill guessing game

    With Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation all but assured later this week, the only guessing game left is the margin of her pending victory.

  • Illustration: Gun maze

    FARAGO: Racist pols go straight back to disarming blacks

    Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Chicago's handgun ban. Gun rights groups hailed the ruling as a seminal moment in their ongoing fight to roll back restrictive gun-control legislation. As far as the National Rifle Association (NRA) is concerned, McDonald settles the matter once and for all: "This decision makes absolutely clear that the Second Amendment protects the God-given right of self-defense for all law-abiding Americans, period." Be that as it may, the McDonald decision is really a victory for and about black Americans. At least it should be.

  • Rulings on guns, campaign finance mark court's term, influence of Alito

    Two conservative-driven decisions with potentially broad consequences will likely define the just-completed Supreme Court term: freeing corporations and unions to spend as much as they like in campaigns for Congress and president, and ruling that Americans have a right to a gun for self-defense wherever they live.

  • O'Connor exit set stage for campaign ad ruling

    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has either restored fundamental freedom or aided the destruction of American democracy, depending on how you see the Supreme Court's campaign-finance ruling Thursday.

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  • He said a key part of his ruling rested on the fact that the home health care workers' wages are set by Medicaid and they are actually employed by the patients, so it's not clear what benefits union representation was actually earning the workers — thus it wasn't clear the dues were going to benefit them.

    Supreme Court ruling dents public sector labor unions →

  • "If we accepted Illinois' argument, we would approve an unprecedented violation of the bedrock principle that, except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances, no person in this country may be compelled to subsidize speech by a third party that he or she does not wish to support," he wrote in an opinion joined by the court's other four conservative-leaning justices.

    Supreme Court ruling dents public sector labor unions →

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