New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse haz’d a sad Wednesday in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling to lift some restrictions on campaign contributions, and sent out some bitter Tweets to mark the occasion:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday expanded how much political donors can give candidates and parties in federal elections by striking down a key pillar of campaign finance law.
On a 5-4 vote, the court struck down the overall limits on how much individuals can give to candidates, parties and political action committees in total during the federal two-year election cycle.
Hobby Lobby and the Obama administration finally appeared before the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to present their arguments over Obamacare’s contraception mandate to the nine justices. The oral argument is the justices’ only opportunity to interrogate each side, and, as a result, their questions can give a peek into their priorities.
The rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, Obamacare, was marred by substantial technological and legal challenges throughout 2013. The law’s problems are not over yet, as Obamacare will face a series of hurdles throughout 2014.
The Supreme Court will allow Senate Republicans to participate in oral arguments in the National Labor Relations Board recess appointment case, a maneuver that several legal experts suggested could tilt the scales against the Obama administration.
The Supreme Court threw out a union’s attempt to preserve backroom deals with employers on Tuesday.
When the Supreme Court agreed last week to hear Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, conservatives hoped the court would blow another deal to the president’s signature legislation.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) still faces numerous legal challenges despite President Barack Obama’s claims that his signature health care legislation is beyond dispute.