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Legal Wrap: No End in Sight for Lawsuits Challenging Obamacare

Republicans are never going to successfully repeal health-care reform, so instead they hope to use the courts to gut the most popular and important provisions and render the law a political liability for Democrats.

Republicans are never going to successfully repeal health-care reform, so instead they hope to use the courts to gut the most popular and important provisions and render the law a political liability for Democrats.

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Texas’ Radical Anti-Abortion Law Faces Hearing Friday

Activists gathered at the Texas capitol building last summer to protest the imminent passage of HB 2, which continues to wind its way through the legal system.

On Friday, a panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit will consider whether the State of Texas should be allowed to immediately enforce the provision of HB 2 requiring abortion facilities in the state to meet the building requirements of ambulatory surgical centers.

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Death by 1,000 Cuts: The Right’s Legal Strategy to Undermine Health-Care Reform

The hundreds of lawsuits challenging the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act fit into a larger picture of health-care reform opponents using the courts to undermine the success of the law.

The hundreds of lawsuits challenging the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act fit into a larger picture of health-care reform opponents using the courts to undermine the success of the law.

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Obama Administration’s Latest Birth Control ‘Fix’ Rejected by Opponents

Challengers claim the administration's latest attempts to accommodate religious objections to covering birth control "change nothing."

Challengers claim the administration’s latest attempts to accommodate religious objections to covering birth control “change nothing.”

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Former DOJ Official: Ferguson Investigation Will Probe ‘Pattern of Violations’ by Police

Former Justice Department official Samuel Bagenstos tells RH Reality Check that the high-profile investigation will look at whether Ferguson police have engaged in a "pattern or practice" of discriminatory conduct.

Former Justice Department official Samuel Bagenstos tells RH Reality Check that the high-profile investigation will look at whether Ferguson police have engaged in a “pattern or practice” of discriminatory conduct.

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Wisconsin, Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Bans Struck Down

The decision is the third from a federal appeals court to find state level marriage bans unconstitutional, as Judge Richard Posner calls out marriage equality opponents for using "unsupported conjecture" in legal arguments.

The decision is the third from a federal appeals court to find state level marriage bans unconstitutional, as Judge Richard Posner calls out marriage equality opponents for using “unsupported conjecture” in legal arguments.

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The Violence Happening in Ferguson Is More Than Physical

A man holds his hands up after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson named the officer who shot Michael Brown last month.

Many people assume that the term “violence” only refers to physically painful encounters. But I want to explore what multiple forms of violence—physical, emotional, bureaucratic, and spiritual—do to a group of people when they simultaneously converge on a community.

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A Bump on the Marriage Equality Road, But How Big?

On Wednesday, a federal court in Louisiana became the first to rule against marriage equality since Windsor. Is the decision an outlier or a sign of trouble ahead at the Supreme Court?

On Wednesday, a federal court in Louisiana became the first to rule against marriage equality since Windsor. Is the decision an outlier or a sign of trouble ahead at the Supreme Court?

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Louisiana Federal Court First to Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Cites ‘Lifestyle Choices’

“The national same-sex marriage struggle animates a clash between convictions regarding the value of state decisions reached by way of the democratic process," U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman wrote, "as contrasted with personal, genuine, and sincere lifestyle choices recognition.”

“The national same-sex marriage struggle animates a clash between convictions regarding the value of state decisions reached by way of the democratic process,” U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman wrote, “as contrasted with personal, genuine, and sincere lifestyle choices recognition.”

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

The order prevents authorities in Louisiana from enforcing the law while clinics and providers continue to try and secure hospital admitting privileges.

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