Politics

3:16pm

Wed April 2, 2014
News

Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 9:16 pm

The Supreme Court
Evan Vucci AP

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again erased from the books a major provision of the nation's campaign finance law. By a 5-to-4 vote, the justices removed the cap on the total amount of money that donors can contribute to candidates and parties in each election. Prior to Wednesday's ruling, the aggregate limit was $123,000. Now there is no limit.

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3:16pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Deep In The Heart Of (A Transforming) Texas

Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 8:54 pm

Bicycles and pedicabs along a dedicated bike lane in Austin, Texas.
Elise Hu NPR

For years, cyclists have faced long odds in Texas, where sprawling highways teem with trucks. Dallas was ranked the worst city for bicycling in the country, several years in a row. But in recent years, the two-wheeled form of transportation has begun to gain ground.

It's no surprise that progressive Austin — where the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong still lives — has plenty of cyclists.

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3:03pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Politics

The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 8:54 pm

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks with reporters after alleging that the CIA broke federal law by secretly removing sensitive documents from computers used by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the committee tasked with congressional oversight of the CIA.
Win McNamee Getty Images

A Senate committee is expected to vote this week on whether to release a lengthy, years-in-the-making document based on a review of CIA practices regarding torture and enhanced interrogation of suspected al-Qaida terrorists.

The investigation and the report are part of a power struggle between two of the most powerful figures in the U.S. intelligence community — CIA Director John Brennan and California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein — who are at odds over what Americans can and should know about torture carried out in their name.

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12:14pm

Wed April 2, 2014
The Two-Way

A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 4:27 pm

A fossil of a Columbian Mammoth in the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles.
Wikimedia Commons

The Columbian mammoth is facing extinction as South Carolina's proposed state fossil unless the elephant-sized Ice Age mammal can survive the efforts of creationist lawmakers.

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9:59am

Wed April 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:34 am

People wait in line for the beginning of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term in Washington on Oct. 7. The court heard the first major case on campaign contribution limits since 2010's landmark Citizens United.
Evan Vucci AP

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down an overall cap on the amount that large campaign donors can give to parties and candidates in a two-year election cycle.

In a 5-4 decision split between conservatives and liberals on the high court, the court said the limits were a violation of the First Amendment.

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