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November 15, 2006
MORE OF THESE PROBLEMS: Trent Lott--your new Republican (in a word I hesitate to use in this context) whip. Red State has to be happy about Jeff Sessions's chances now!
The Supreme Court rules in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell that corporations can have a religious conscience—at least when it comes to birth control.
The balance the opinion strikes between the state's interest in protecting access to reproductive health clinics and First Amendment rights is not unreasonable, and should not unduly restrict states going forward.
The precedent was in fact clear enough that all nine members of a Court with a notably dubious record on Fourth Amendment rights agreed with the judgment.
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Scott Lemieux is an assistant professor of political science at the College of Saint Rose. He contributes to the blogs Lawyers, Guns, and Money and Vox Pop. Follow @lemieuxlgm