Archive | June 2014

Google Sued for ‘Snooping’

Google Sued for ‘Snooping’

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Supreme Court Rules Government Can’t Make Some Employers Cover Contraception

TIME

Private corporations that are so-called “closely held” have a right to religious freedom under U.S. law just like individual citizens, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, in a divided opinion that will allow religious for-profit companies to refuse to pay for the employee contraceptive coverage required by President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.

The 5 to 4 decision, written by Justice Samual Alito, found that the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates a 1993 law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RCPA) in the case of two for-profit businesses, the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby of Oklahoma City and the cabinetry maker Conestoga Wood Specialties of Pennsylvania. The owners of both stores argued that certain forms of covered contraception, including Plan B, ella and intrauterine devices, had the potential to work after conception, violating their religious values. The ruling applies to “closely held” corporations that are controlled…

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Morning Must Reads: June 30

TIME

  • Before shooting in Iraq, a warning on Blackwater [NYT]
  • Obama to tap soap salesman to clean up VA [TIME]
  • “The extremist Sunni group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) on Sunday declared a new caliphate — or an Islamic state to claim dominion over Muslims across the globe — on the territory it holds in the two countries.” [TIME]
  • ” The U.S. Justice Department is expected to announce on Monday a settlement with BNP Paribas involving a record fine of nearly $9 billion over alleged U.S. sanctions violations by France’s biggest bank, sources familiar with the matter said.” [Reuters]
  • Supreme Court poised to rule on O-care’s birth control mandate [The Hill]
  • Background From TIME: Hobby Lobby’s contraception showdown [TIME]
  • Big Unions could take a big SCOTUS hit [Politico]
  • White House to…

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Baseball Tonight

The Chicago Cubs arrive in Boston to start their series against the Sox tonight. I would love to go to a game or two!