Conservative groups, including the Minnesota North Star Tea Party Patriots, said a state election law violated voters' free speech rights. The action by the Supreme Court lets stand a federal appeals court decision upholding the statute.
Waves of winter storms, which began at the end of last week, are expected to last into Tuesday for areas north of Virginia, forecasters say. The weather has interrupted air and auto travel, plus Senate proceedings.
The Obamacare law requires for-profit companies to offer 20 birth-control options to employees under corporate health plans. Four of those 20 violate the religious beliefs of two company owners whose cases the US Supreme Court has now agreed to hear.
Senate majorities have long wanted to rein in filibusters for presidential nominations. So why now? The GOP assertion that it's an Obamacare diversion might not be entirely off the mark, but Democrats' frustration with gridlock appear to have peaked.
There are 18 vacancies on federal appeals courts nationwide, but perhaps most significantly, the new Senate filibuster rule allows Obama and Democrats to fill three seats on the D.C. Circuit, the nation's second most powerful court.
SeaWorld killer whale: Lawyers of SeaWorld headed to Washington DC on Tuesday to argue against broad federal oversight of the park's orca shows, which have mandated a physical separation between the trainers and marine mammals during performances.