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US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (R) speaks as he along with Justice Stephen Breyer testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing entitled "Considering the Role of Judges Under the Constitution of the United States' at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington on October 5, 2011.

'Gobbledy-gook': Scalia, Breyer's top lines on death penalty

By Deena Zaru
In a 5-4 ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug for lethal injection in executions Monday, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who dissented, called into question the constitutionality of the death penalty, itself. Breyer's dissent prompted an impassioned and colorful response from conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who referred to Breyer's reasoning as "gobbledy-gook."
The Justices of the US Supreme Court sit for their official photograph on October 8, 2010 at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Front row (L-R): Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Back Row (L-R): Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr. and Associate Justice Elena Kagan. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Court: EPA unreasonably interpreted Clean Air Act

By Ariane de Vogue, CNN Supreme Court Reporter
In a loss for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA unreasonably interpreted the Clean Air Act when it decided to set limits on the emissions of toxic pollutants from power plants without first considering the costs of the industry to do so.
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Is Camden a model for the future of policing?

By Tanzina Vega, CNN
Local officials say that Camden is getting better through a combination of sophisticated technology and old-fashioned police tactics like cops who walk the beat and talk to residents and shopkeepers.
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman speaks during the morning session of the Republican National Committee's winter meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 20, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

First on CNN: Ken Mehlman calls SCOTUS decision 'historic'

By Jeff Zeleny, Senior Washington Correspondent
Mehlman, who in 2004 was President George W. Bush's campaign manager when he called for a federal ban on gay marriage, later came out as gay after serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

U.S. data hack may actually affect 18M

By Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN
FBI Director James Comey gave the 18 million estimate in a closed-door briefing to Senators in recent weeks, using the OPM's own internal data, according to U.S. officials briefed on the matter. Those affected could include people who applied for government jobs, but never actually ended up working for the government.

Pope, GOP collide on climate change

By MJ Lee, CNN Politics and Finance Reporter
Climate change — long the subject of a divisive political debate — is getting a boost of fresh attention heading into the 2016 presidential campaign thanks to an unlikely public figure: the Pope.

RNC defends its debate schedule

By Theodore Schleifer, CNN
The Republican National Committee believes it has accomplished its goal of restoring order to an unruly presidential debate season -- even though some minor candidates may be excluded from the televised events.