not consistent with or according to fundamental laws
Should the court agree that those overall limits are
unconstitutional, however, its decision could represent a fundamental reassessment of a basic distinction established in Buckley v. Valeo in 1976, which said contributions may be regulated more strictly than expenditures because of their potential for corruption.
detect with the senses
“Although we acknowledge the constitutional line between political speech and political contributions grows increasingly difficult to
discern,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote for the court, “we decline plaintiffs’ invitation to anticipate the Supreme Court’s agenda.”
the quality of having legal force or effectiveness
In a brief concurrence, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said there was no reason to address the continuing
validity of Buckley v. Valeo in that case, suggesting that a later case might present the question directly.
goods whose trade or possession is prohibited by law
A police dog named Aldo alerted his human partner to
contraband in Mr. Harris’s pickup truck.
an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
Many consider leprosy, formally called Hansen’s disease, a
relic of the past, but annually about 250,000 people worldwide get it; Brazil is among the hardest-hit countries, as are India, the Philippines, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
any weakening or degeneration
As the bacteria kill nerves, muscles
atrophy and those digits curl into claws.
pass into or through by filtering or permeating
Economists have referred to this phenomenon as “degree inflation,” and it has been steadily
infiltrating America’s job market.
high fashion designing and dressmaking
She graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2011 with a degree in fashion and retail management, and spent months waiting on “bridezillas” at a
couture boutique, among other stores, while churning out office-job applications.
expect, believe, or suppose
Of the three daughters in her family, Ms. Burnett
reckons that she has the best job.
a collection of live animals for study or display
And this year the office’s Christmas tree ornaments were a colorful
menagerie of college mascots — Gators, Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets, Wolves, Eagles, Tigers, Panthers — in which just about every staffer’s school was represented.