WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (March 24-30, 2014)

LAW & PUBLIC POLICY

PILOT proposals multiply.” By Isaac Stanley-Becker. Yale Daily News. March 24, 2014.

Religious Exemptions Are Vital for Religious Liberty; The Hobby Lobby case is about far more than a federal rule mandating insurance coverage for contraception.” By Robert P. George and Hamza Yusuf. Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2014.
Related story:
Supreme Court Weighing Obamacare Birth Control Coverage.” Huffington Post. March 24, 2014.
In Healthcare Suit Against Catholic Bishops, the Specter of an Early Defeat; The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.” ProPublica.org. March 24, 2014.
“If the contraception mandate passes, it will ruin a core U.S. ideology.” Opinion. By Rick Warren. Washington Post. March 24, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Health-Law Contraceptive Case Skews Ideological Lines on High Court; Conservatives Cite Legal Doctrine Written by Late Liberal Champion Brennan.” By Jess Bravin. Wall Street Journal. March 25, 2014.
Contraception coverage heads to SCOTUS; Owned by evangelical Christians, Hobby Lobby is at the center of one of the two cases.” By Jennifer Haberkorn. Politico.com. March 25, 2014.
Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. March 25, 2014.
Hobby Lobby case: Defenders of religious freedom should be careful what they pray for; The Supreme Court should reject the argument of some for-profit firms that they be allowed to opt out of Obamacare’s mandate on contraception coverage: Three companies — Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores with 13,000 full-time employees; Mardel, a bookstore chain; and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet manufacturer — are challenging the federal mandate that they include contraception in their employee health plans.” Editorial. Los Angeles Times. March 25, 2014.
Ruling Could Have Reach Beyond Issue of Contraception.” By Adam Liptak. New York Times. March 25, 2014.
Court majority harshly critical of Obamacare contraception mandate.” CNN. March 25, 2014.
Slippery slopes before the court.” Opinion. By Ruth Marcus. Washington Post. March 26, 2014.
Hobby Lobby case creates unexpected allies in Dershowitz and Starr.” Opinion. By Kathleen Parker. Washington Post. March 26, 2014.
Supreme Court divided as it hears argument on contraceptive coverage; Video: Defenders and protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday as justices tackle a case that allows businesses to object to the health-care law’s birth control coverage. ” Washington Post. March 26, 2014.
Hobby Lobby: Was Mitt Romney right?Washington Post. March 26, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Supreme Court Debates Contraception Requirement; Female Justices Repeatedly Pressed Challengers to Affordable Care Act.” Wall Street Journal. March 26, 2014.
Politics and Policy: Supreme Court Debates Contraception Requirement; Female Justices Repeatedly Pressed Challengers to Affordable Care Act Requirement.” Wall Street Journal. March 26, 2014
Review & Outlook: ObamaCare v. Religious Liberty; A majority of Justices seem skeptical of the contraception mandate.” Wall Street Journal. March 26, 2014
Politics, culture, ideology and sex, not necessarily in that order; Corporate Religious Freedom Means Freedom to Discriminate.” Nation. March 26, 2014.
Supreme Court Struggles In Hobby Lobby Case With Question Of Companies’ Religious Rights.” Huffington Post. March 26, 2014.
A Reading List on the Hobby Lobby Cases: The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the religious exemption cases. Here’s how to get up to speed.” ProPublica. March 26, 2014.
Hobby Lobby case: Justices to watch.” Politico.com. March 26, 2014.
Conservative justices seem poised to deal blow to Obamacare; Such a ruling by the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby contraceptives case could open the door to an array of new religious freedom claims.” Los Angeles Times. March 26, 2014.
Tape Of Hobby Lobby Case Shows Justices’ Gender Differences.” Morning edition/National Public Radio. March 29, 2014.

Republicans hammer new IRS chief John Koskinen over tea party melee; Koskinen says the IRS has spent 100,000 hours and millions sending documents.” By Lauren French. Politico.com. March 27, 2014.
Related stories:
IRS-Targeted Groups Prefer To Be Political.” Huffington Post. March 28, 2014.
Darrell Issa rankles some Republicans in handling IRS tea party probe; One member says there is ‘broad frustration’ with how Issa has led the investigation.” Politico.com. March 28, 3014.

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An ‘Oligarchic Form Of Society’.” By Natasha Bach.
Huffington Post. March 28, 2014.

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