FROM Tom Taylor
Hobby Lobby FAQs The Supreme Court ruled today that Hobby Lobby can decline to offer contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act for religious reasons. But now that we have the ruling, we’re left with many questions. Like, what is a closely held corporation? Will the ruling also allow certain corporations to not hire gays and lesbians? Does the ruling apply to all contraception?
SCOTUS Rules on Cell Phone Searches, Cable Copyright Now a constitutional right to privacy extends to the smartphones Americans hold in their hands. “The privacies of life” -- that’s how Chief Justice John Roberts put it in the unanimous ruling today. Here to explain the case and what it means for anyone carrying a cellphone is Tom Taylor, Assistant Managing Editor at Bloomberg’s BNA Law Week.
SCOTUS Strikes Aggregate Limits on Campaign Contributions "Congress may regulate campaign contributions to protect against corruption" but, "it may not regulate contributions simply to reduce the amount of money in politics." That's from Chief Justice John Roberts today in the latest Supreme Court decision rolling back limits on campaign donations. Tom Taylor is Assistant Managing Editor of US Law Week for Bloomberg BNA Publications.
Supreme Court Hears Union Organizing Case The US Supreme Court today heard arguments for and against a strategy used recently by unions to successfully organize workers. It's called a "neutrality agreement," and a case turns on whether it constitutes a "thing of value" under federal law. Tom Taylor is Assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA .
Supreme Court Rules that Isolated Genes Can't Be Patented A unanimous opinion today by the US Supreme Court says human genes cannot be patented after all, because they are natural phenomena. But that's not all they decided. Tom Taylor is assistant managing editor at US Law Week .
Supreme Court Says Police Can Swab for DNA The US Supreme Court ruled today that police can take cheek swabs for DNA when they make arrests, just as they can take suspects' fingerprints or photographs. It was another five-to-four decision, but this time Justice Antonin Scalia broke with fellow conservatives and sided with liberals. Tom Taylor is Assistant managing editor at Bloomberg BNA .
Genetic Breakthroughs: Patents and Profits Mapping the human genome began "the biological gold rush of the 21st Century," with companies now owning patents on 4000 human genes. Today, the US Supreme Court is being asked to strike down two patents on BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, genes that helped doctors discover both breast and ovarian cancer. Nobody can do that without paying Myriad Genetics , which isolated the genes. But opponents argue the genes are "products of Nature." We hear about a case with long-term implications for the future of "personalized medicine" designed to serve the needs of each individual patient.
State Laws, Federal Laws and the Institution of Marriage The federal Defense of Marriage Act was cobbled together in 1996, after the Supreme Court of Hawaii suggested there might be a right to same-sex marriage. Because of DOMA, more than 1100 rules and regulations limit taxes and benefits only to heterosexual couples. Bill Clinton now says he regrets having signed it. Lesbian plaintiff, 83-year old Edith Windsor, challenged the law, and today the US Supreme Court considered arguments that it violates the rights of gays and lesbians in states that recognize same-sex marriage. We hear about the arguments and ask whether this week's disputes are all about a declining institution — with fewer Americans getting married than ever before.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?