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The Westboro Baptist case: Testing the limits of free speech

A new ruling from the Supreme Court on Wednesday protects the First Amendment free speech rights for the Westboro Baptist Church. This tiny church has made a practice of demonstrating at funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in action, reasoning that military deaths are God's retribution for the expanding acceptance of homosexuality.

By Peyton M. Craighill  | March 2, 2011; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Gay marriage, Supreme Court  
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Majority back Kagan confirmation as interest wanes

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote to send Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court to the full Senate later today, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds the U.S. Solicitor General continues to garner majority public support in her bid to become the fourth woman to...

By Jennifer Agiesta  | July 20, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Post Polls, Supreme Court  
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The judicial experience factor

President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court misses the mark on one of the public's key criteria for nominees: she lacks judicial experience. A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in late April found seven in 10 said experience on the bench was a positive factor...

By Jennifer Agiesta  | May 10, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Post Polls, Supreme Court  
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