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E.J. Dionne Jr.: 2 D.C. judges rule for blind ideology, 4 uphold ACA

WASHINGTON — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as "an impartial guardian of the rule of law."

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Montana Supreme Court: Sentencing enhancement justified in sex crime

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhancement due to the girl's age, even if the ages of the defendant and the victim were not on the verdict form.

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Casper man pleads guilty to abusing boy

CASPER, Wyo. — A Casper man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy.

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Bozeman man pleads guilty, helped escaped suspect

Bozeman man pleads guilty, helped escaped suspect

BOZEMAN — A Bozeman man has pleaded guilty to his role in helping an attempted rape suspect after the man fled police custody.

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Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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Americans sure have odd ways of dealing with their problems

WASHINGTON — We Americans are marvelously inventive when it comes to dealing with our piques.

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2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

DES MOINES, Iowa — The yearslong fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

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George F. Will: Congress must sue to stop lawless president

WASHINGTON — What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls "taming the prince" — making executive power compatible with democracy's abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics. It is now more urgent in America than at any time since the Founders, having rebelled…

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Feds urge judge not to block birth-control rule

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal government lawyers are opposing a request from Catholic organizations in Wyoming for a court order to block the birth control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.

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Judge denies newlywed's request to withdraw guilty plea

Judge denies newlywed's request to withdraw guilty plea

MISSOULA — A Montana judge denied a woman's attempt to withdraw her guilty plea Thursday as she faces sentencing on a murder charge for pushing her husband to his death in Glacier National Park.

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Defense expert: Suspect in teacher's murder has mental capacity of 11-year-old

Defense expert: Suspect in teacher's murder has mental capacity of 11-year-old

SIDNEY — A defense expert testified Monday that a Colorado man is unfit for trial in the murder of a Montana teacher because he is easily confused and displays the intelligence of an 11-year-old, leaving him unable to understand the case against him.

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Severance agreements: Suit against CVS could be test case

CHICAGO — When corporate America downsizes, the pink slips usually come with a lot of fine print.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: No ground for 'stand your ground'

WASHINGTON — The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide for as much clarity as possible, not expand the realms of ambiguity and subjectivity. Laws ought to bring about the practical results their promoters claim they’ll achieve. And at its best, the law can h…

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5 men face charges in task force child sex sting

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A child sex sting operation by the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has resulted in federal felony charges against five men.

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ND man gets life in prison for killing SD man

BISMARCK, N.D. — One of two men accused of conspiring to kill a South Dakota man in North Dakota was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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Guest opinion: Legal tactic ensures EPA fulfills its mission

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — “Sue and settle” is the ominous phrase that has been attached to cases where an environmental organization sues a federal agency, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, and then settles the matter without going through a full-blown trial.

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Guest opinion: ‘sue and settle’ bypasses democratic process

WASHINGTON — When legislation was passed to improve visibility in federal National Parks and wilderness areas, Congress directed the states to decide how to implement their visibility programs.

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Federal appeals court to live stream proceedings

SAN FRANCISCO  — A federal appeals court that meets in San Francisco and other Western cities will soon stream some of its hearings live over the Internet, the court announced on Monday.

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George F. Will: Constitutional rights hinge on case of injured thumb

WASHINGTON — This term the Supreme Court will rule on important subjects from racial preferences to restrictions on political speech, but its most momentous case, to be argued Tuesday, concerns the prosecution of a Pennsylvania woman who caused a chemical burn on a romantic rival’s thumb. Th…

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State asks high court to block rape case hearing

State asks high court to block rape case hearing

BILLINGS — Montana's attorney general on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to block a judge's attempt to resentence a former Montana teacher convicted of raping a student.

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