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Your Butt-Dials Can Be Recorded, Federal Court Says

July 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Next time you're talking trash, or talking about sensitive business matter, double-check your cell phone—because if you've accidentally butt-dialed someone, it's perfectly legal for that person to record everything you say. A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that accidental phone calls aren't private. You might not have intended for the...

How Will Recent Supreme Court Decisions Affect Boehner's Obamacare Lawsuit?

July 1, 2015 House Republicans' lawsuit against the Obama administration might have gotten an unexpected boost this week from the Supreme Court. In a new legal filing Tuesday, attorneys for the House GOP said there's a fresh precedent supporting their suit challenging the administration's implementation of Obamacare—the Supreme Court's ruling Monday on congressional...

Historic Win For Same-Sex Marriage At SCOTUS

June 26, 2015 Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in every state, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 ruling Friday. The Court's decision wasn't especially surprising—legal experts on both sides of the issue had seen the writing on the wall for a while now—but it will nevertheless be remembered as one...

The Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare Insurance Subsidies

June 25, 2015 Obamacare dodged yet another existential threat Thursday at the Supreme Court, making the law's survival more assured than ever before. In a 6-3 ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court upheld Obamacare's insurance subsidies nationwide, rejecting a lawsuit that had aimed to ax those payments to people in...

Supreme Court To USDA: Hands Off the Raisins

June 22, 2015 The Supreme Court said Monday that the government cannot demand a cut of farmers' raisins, striking down a scheme that the justices had compared to communism and described as "the world's most outdated law." In an 8-1 decision that included an allusion to the French Revolution and an assurance that...

This is How Republicans Want to Fix Obamacare

June 17, 2015 If the Supreme Court invalidates Obamacare's subsidies in 30-plus states, any solution will come down to what each side is willing to give up to get the financial aid flowing again and avert disaster for more than 6 million Americans. President Obama thinks the answer is easy: Authorize the tax...

The Boston Bomber Could Become Just the Fourth Person to Die for a Federal Crime in 30 Years

May 15, 2015 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death Friday for the 2013 Boston marathon bombings, would be only be the fourth person in nearly 30 years to die for a federal crime. A Boston jury sentenced Tsarnaev to death on six out of a possible 17 counts, despite opposition to the...

Police Can Track Your Cellphone Without a Warrant -- For Now

May 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Privacy advocates and civil-liberties groups say the police shouldn't be able to track cell phones without a search warrant — but they're losing that fight in the courts. Two federal appeals courts have now ruled explicitly that police don't need a search warrant to track the location of a suspect's...

If Cruz Is ‘on Obamacare,’ So Are His 2016 Rivals

March 26, 2015 Yes, Ted Cruz can buy insurance through Obamacare while remaining totally committed to repealing it. Just like his competitors for the 2016 presidential nomination. Cruz said Tuesday that he and his family will sign up for health insurance through the exchanges created by Obamacare, prompting plenty of ridicule from Democrats...

Obama: Obamacare Works, Beyond a 'Shred of a Doubt'

March 25, 2015 President Obama defended the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, calling out Republican critics of the law and touting health care policies to build upon it. "We've made our share of mistakes since we passed this law, but we also know beyond a shred of a doubt that the policy has...