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The American people's gridlock

Congress
by D.C. Innes
Posted 7/14/14, 04:17 pm

Everyone’s down on Congress. Public approval for the institution stands around 13 percent. Even three billionaires, whom the law generally serves well, used an op-ed page to voice their frustration with Capitol Hill’s extraordinary inability to pass needed legislation.

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Tolerance in the court

News | Supreme Court broadens ‘religious exercise’ definition as well as exemptions to contraceptive mandate
by Emily Belz
Posted 7/11/14, 01:00 am

In the last week of June and into early July, the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled the Department of Health and Human Services’ regulatory scheme surrounding the contraceptive mandate, for both religiously owned for-profits and religious nonprofits. The plaintiffs haven’t gotten everything they wanted—but they came close.

First and foremost, the court delivered a big win for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties on June 30, establishing that family-owned corporations can qualify for protection under the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA). 

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Pitifully taught

Supreme Court | Most Americans know absolutely nothing about the <em>Hobby Lobby</em> case
by Joel Belz
Posted 7/11/14, 01:00 am

I knew, right after hearing the first details of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision on June 30, that the issues were nuanced enough to need some careful explaining. So just how confused might the American public be? And would the mainstream media offer genuine help on that front—or would they just make matters worse?

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