U.S. Supreme Court

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Some days you just want people to stop yelling at each other. 

One end of the political spectrum says individual freedoms are the most important thing in the United States.  The other end says we all have to work together for the common good. 

Take heart that we are decidedly NOT having this argument for the first time.  In fact, we've been fighting about it since before the Constitution was even written, as Colin Woodard points out in his book American Character

Woodard blew our mind five years ago with American Nations, his book showing the very different regional cultures that made up the "united" states. 

Hobby Lobby/Contraceptives Reaction

Jul 8, 2014
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Who knew a place with the rhythmic name of "Hobby Lobby" could cause such an uproar? 

But that's what happened recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby stores do not have to cover certain contraceptives in their employee health plans, for religious reasons. 

The outcry from reproductive rights groups has been sharp. 

California Loses Supreme Court Prison Ruling

Oct 15, 2013

The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences.

The justices did not comment on their order yesterday, which leaves in place the earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,600 inmates to improve conditions.

California Governor Jerry Brown has argued that the state cannot meet that goal without releasing dangerous felons and jeopardizing public safety.