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June 25th, 2012
10:33 AM ET

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on SCOTUS health care ruling: Hopeful there will be 'full-scale repeal of Obamacare'

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The most contested portion of the bill which was passed in 2010 under President Obama, is the universal mandate, a requirement that all Americans get health care or face fines.

Acording to a CNN/ORC poll conducted in May, 43% of Americans support the health care bill, while 34% oppose it because it is too liberal, and 13% oppose it because it is not liberal enough.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been vocal in her opposition to the bill and tells Soledad O'Brien on CNN's "Starting Point" she hopes to see a "full-scale repeal".

"This is absolutely unprecedented because government has never before, on the federal level, forced an American to purchase a product or a service just because that individual breathes," Rep. Bachmann says.

Watch more from Soledad's interview with Rep. Bachmann on CNN's "Starting Point" in the clip below.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Elections • Health care • Law • Politics • Supreme Court
June 1st, 2012
12:24 PM ET

Will John Edwards face a retrial?'s David Perel and CNN sr. legal analyst Jeff Toobin weigh in's David Perel and CNN sr. legal analyst Jeff Toobin react to the mistrial in the John Edwards case.

Filed under: Law • Politics
May 22nd, 2012
12:44 PM ET

Catholic universities file lawsuits against the Obama administration

The battle over contraceptive access has been an ongoing conversation for the better part of 2012, with many arguing that the president's health care law infringes on religious rights laid out by the first amendment of the Constitution.

Under the original wording of the Affordable Care Act, all employers would be required to provide contraceptives free-of-copay to their employees.

In a revisionary statement issued last February, President Obama exempted religious hospitals and schools from directly providing birth control to their employees and instead designated that responsibility to insurance companies.

For the University of Notre Dame and 42 other Catholic institutions, that revision is not enough, and they've decided to sue the Obama administration.

Notre Dame Law Professor Carter Snead says it "seems unnecessary" for the the Affordable Care Act to involve the Catholic Church on Starting Point this morning.

"If the government wanted to provide maximum access to these kinds of drugs, there are ways to do it without conscripting us into the process," Snead argues.

On the other side of the aisle, Catholics United member Samantha Groark says that she thinks the lawsuit "does a great disservice to the religious identity of the church."

Less emphasis, she says, is currently placed on what she considers to be primary issues concerning the Catholic faith: "helping the poor, welcoming the immigrant other, and ending US sponsored torture in prison camps."

Instead, Groark stresses, a lot of "time, resources and energy is being funneled into these partisan, political issues."

Filed under: Contraception • Health care • Law • Religion
April 4th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Fla. State Sen. Smith says 'Stand Your Ground' law misused, 'duty to retreat' clause part of the problem

State Sen. Chris Smith (D-FL) explains why he believes Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is being misunderstood and misused.
He also talks about starting a task force to review Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

Filed under: Law • Trayvon Martin
March 27th, 2012
03:40 PM ET

Special prosecutor Angela Corey on investigating Martin shooting

Special prosecutor Angela Corey explains what she's focusing on in the investigation into Trayvon Martin's death.

Filed under: Law • Trayvon Martin
March 27th, 2012
03:28 PM ET

Is health care mandate a tax or penalty? Jeff Toobin and South Carolina Attorney General explain

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson & CNN's Jeffrey Toobin on intricacies of the SCOTUS health care case.

Filed under: Health care • Law
March 27th, 2012
09:26 AM ET

Fmr. Miami Police Chief: Neighborhood watch volunteers eyes and ears, not an appendage to the police force

John Timoney, former Miami police chief, explains his opposition to the "Stand Your Ground" law and weighs in on the helpfulness of neighborhood watch programs.

Filed under: Law • Trayvon Martin
March 21st, 2012
09:46 AM ET

National Urban League president: The actions of the Sanford police 'need to be carefully examined'

Marc Morial, National Urban League president, explains why he is calling for an investigation into the Sanford police by the Justice Department regarding their handling of the Trayvon Martin case.

Filed under: Law • Trayvon Martin
March 20th, 2012
09:16 AM ET

Justice Department to probe Florida teen's death

Midwin Charles, criminal defense attorney, discusses the Justice Department's investigation into Treyvon Martin's death.

Filed under: Law
March 19th, 2012
09:26 AM ET

At least five Supreme Court votes needed to uphold health care law

Jeff Toobin breaks down the arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act and discusses the Supreme Court justices who will begin hearing the case next week.

Filed under: Health • Law
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