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Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional in VA Challenge

A federal judge has ruled Monday that a key part of Obamacare to be unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson declared the Obama administration’s health care law unconstitutional, siding with Virginia’s attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Virginia Republican Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli filed a separate lawsuit in defense of a new state law that prohibits the government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance. However, the key issue was his claim that the federal law’s requirement that citizens buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional. ... Read Full Story

Kagan Confirmed to Supreme Court by Senate 63-37

Elena Kagan has been conformed by the senate as the newest Supreme Court justice, approving President Barack Obama’s second pick as president and making her the fourth woman to serve in the 221-year history of the court.

Senate confirms Elana Kagan 63-37 as Supreme Court Justice.

Kagan, Obama’s solicitor general and the former dean of Harvard Law School, will join the high court after its summer recess ends later this year, replacing retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, 90. As expected, the 63-37 vote confirming Kagan, who also served in the Clinton administration, was largely along party lines, with just five Republicans voting with Democrats to confirm her – and one Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), voting no.

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Elena Kagan Views On Religious Freedom Exposed

The New York Times reports that Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, was involved in a number of issues concerning religious freedom according to documents released Friday.

President Bill Clinton’s library in Little Rock, Ark., released about 42,000 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which currently is considering the Kagan nomination. ... Read Full Story

Supreme Court Rules Sexually Dangerous Can Be held Indefinitely After Prison Term

WASHINGTON (May 17) – The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered “sexually dangerous” after their prison terms are complete. In case U.S. v. Comstock, 08-1224, the issue is may congress authorize the civil commitment of a “sexually dangerous” person even after that person has completed his or her prison sentence?

The Supreme Court Justices of the United States are John G. Roberts (Chief Justice), John Paul Stevens, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor. UPI/Gary Fabiano/PoolUPI/Gary Fabiano/Pool

The high court in a 7-2 judgment reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered “sexually dangerous.” ... Read Full Story