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Senate narrowly breaks filibuster of Obama court pick updated: Mon Jun 11 2012 19:17:00

The Senate Monday voted narrowly to end a filibuster of President Barack Obama's pick for the California-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a key Republican argued the judge was too sympathetic to criminal defendants and, based on his writings about Roe v. Wade, might be a judicial activist.

Federal judge blocks release of bin Laden death photosupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 05:26:00

A federal judge has turned aside calls to publicly release video and photographs of the U.S. military raid and aftermath that left al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead.

Opiates killed 8 Americans in Afghanistan, Army records showupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 13:28:00

Eight American soldiers died of overdoses involving heroin, morphine or other opiates during deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, according to U.S. Army investigative reports.

Army: Heroin use rising among troopsupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 13:28:00

Eight U.S. soldiers died of overdoses in one year. CNN's Kyra Phillips has the story.

Toobin: This was a 'judicial hissy-fit'updated: Fri Apr 06 2012 09:37:00

An appeals court judge has publicly taken on Obama on health care. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses.

Court's Obama order a 'hissy fit'updated: Fri Apr 06 2012 09:37:00

The Fifth Circuit's homework assignment to the Department of Justice is a disgrace -- an embarrassment to the federal judiciary. Still, it's a useful window on the contemporary merger of law and politics.

'Judicial activism' a convenient bogeymanupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 09:35:00

The bogeyman of judicial activism is back in the news. We owe the latest round of charges to the chorus of commentators, activists and politicians ? now led by President Obama himself ? fearful that the U.S. Supreme Court will upend part or all of his signature health care law.

CNN Explains: Health care reformupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 09:35:00

Which parts of health care have changed or will change soon as a result of Obama's health care reform? CNN explains.

Obama eases rhetoric about Supreme Court on health careupdated: Tue Apr 03 2012 15:49:00

President Barack Obama on Tuesday eased his rhetoric on the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on health care reform but repeated his belief that the justices should follow legal precedent and uphold the law's constitutionality.

Obama says health care law is constitutionalupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 21:20:00

President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on last week's Supreme Court arguments about health care reform, saying he expected the justices to rule the act is constitutional.

Judge asks for probe after sending racist Obama e-mailupdated: Fri Mar 02 2012 07:03:00

Montana's chief federal judge has offered his apologies for forwarding a racist e-mail aimed at President Barack Obama. The judge also initiated a judicial misconduct investigation against himself.

Conservative group sues over bin Laden death photosupdated: Fri May 13 2011 18:28:00

A conservative legal watchdog group has filed the first lawsuit seeking public release of video and photographs of the U.S. military raid and aftermath that left al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden dead.

Senate ethics panel dismisses complaint against Doddupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 22:24:00

The Senate Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint of alleged corruption by retiring Democratic Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, according to statements Wednesday from Dodd and the group the filed the complaint.

Columnist: Why West opposes gay marriageupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 13:13:00

Howard Kurtz sits down with New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat to discuss his column on same-sex marriage.

Iowa voters oust justices who made same-sex marriage legalupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 13:13:00

Voters in Iowa chose to remove three high court justices who helped make Iowa the first Midwestern state to permit same-sex marriage.

Judge on trial after refusing to accept death row appealupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 19:32:00

The presiding judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals went on trial Monday, facing misconduct allegations over her refusal to accept a last-minute filing to delay an execution.

Judge accused of misconductupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 19:32:00

A Texas judge is on trial for her refusal to accept a last-minute filing to delay an execution. CNN's Ed Lavandera reports.

Clinton's nomination popular, but is it constitutional?updated: Thu Dec 04 2008 17:51:00

Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly approve of Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, but will the founding fathers veto this popular addition to Barack Obama's "team of rivals"?

Bill Clinton on the issuesupdated: Thu Dec 04 2008 17:51:00

Former President Bill Clinton talks with Anjali Rao about his wife's nomination, the economy and his donors.

Fortune: Blowing the whistle on unethical lawyersupdated: Wed Jun 04 2008 12:46:00

In August 2001, when in-house accountant Sherron Watkins warned Enron CEO Ken Lay that the company might "implode in a wave of accounting scandals," Lay asked the firm's regular law firm, Vinson & Elkins, to do a "preliminary investigation." Though V&E had worked on the very transactions Watkins was questioning, it took the assignment and reported back on Oct. 15 that there was no cause for concern. About a month and a half later Enron filed for bankruptcy, having, in fact, imploded in a wave of accounting scandals.

Schedules show Clinton plunged into health care quicklyupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 17:40:00

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton got to work on health care reform within days of her arrival at the White House as first lady in 1993, newly released documents show.

First video of Pentagon 9/11 attack releasedupdated: Tue May 16 2006 11:43:00

Video showing a plane crashing into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, was released publicly for the first time Tuesday, a judicial watchdog group said.

White House logs list only 2 Abramoff visitsupdated: Wed May 10 2006 21:32:00

Newly released visitor logs show disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was signed in to the White House complex on two occasions since President Bush took office in 2001, including once when the president was out of town.

White House to release logs of Abramoff visitsupdated: Mon May 01 2006 16:00:00

Despite repeated White House objections to the release of documents related to Jack Abramoff's visits to the White House, the Secret Service has agreed to produce all logs detailing the disgraced lobbyist's meetings, according to a court filing released Monday.

Democrats frown on judges' testimonyupdated: Thu Jan 12 2006 17:36:00

As the fourth day of sometimes-contentious hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito came to a close Thursday, Democrats expressed concern over an unusual move in which seven of Alito's fellow judges on a U.S. appeals court testified on his behalf.

High court hears arguments on Cheney task forceupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 12:23:00

Attorneys for two public interest groups argued Tuesday for the release of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force records, with the Bush administration calling it a case of "separation of powers."

Environmental group wants Scalia's recusalupdated: Tue Feb 24 2004 10:51:00

An environmental group suing Vice President Dick Cheney in U.S. Supreme Court case has asked Justice Antonin Scalia to recuse himself, citing reports that the two recently dined and hunted together.

Court: Dean papers may not be privilegedupdated: Tue Feb 17 2004 12:31:00

Former Gov. Howard Dean must provide a detailed index of his gubernatorial records and explain why he thinks they should be kept secret, a Vermont judge ruled on Tuesday.

Clark making push in New Hampshireupdated: Wed Jan 21 2004 08:00:00

Having skipped the Iowa caucuses, Wesley Clark is urging supporters to intensify their efforts to win the New Hampshire primary, the first contest in which the retired general will compete.

Watchdog groups question Cheney, Scalia hunting tripupdated: Mon Jan 19 2004 17:07:00

Justice Antonin Scalia has not indicated whether he will pull out a of an upcoming Supreme Court case involving Vice President Cheney, following reports the two recently went on a hunting trip and had dinner together.

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