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Nina Totenberg

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A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of (Frequent) Fliers

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

What rights do participants in an airline's frequent-flier plan have to their miles or points? That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, when the justices examine whether, and under what circumstances, frequent fliers can sue in these disputes.

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Supreme Court Takes Challenge To Obamacare Contraceptive Rule

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.

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Federal Bench Could See New Faces After Senate Rules Change

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Senate voted Thursday to change its rules to make it easier to approve judicial and executive branch nominees by curbing filibusters. This so-called nuclear option represents a radical shift in Senate procedure. Democrats had threatened to use after Senate Republicans upheld the confirmation of three judges to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the action could have a huge impact on the federal bench.

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Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.

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Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a major case testing the use of prayer at government meetings. The case could produce some guidelines for the future after often conflicting rulings in the lower courts.

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Love Triangle Case Puts Chemical Weapons Treaty To The Test

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The power of the president and Congress to make treaties and enforce state compliance has been called into question in a case involving a woman who may have violated the chemical weapons treaty in an effort to poison her husband's mistress. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Tuesday.

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A Toxic Love Triangle Heads To The Supreme Court

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

After her husband cheated, Carol Anne Bond started spreading toxic chemicals on surfaces the other woman might touch. She was caught and convicted of violating the Chemical Weapons Convention. But does a law implementing an international treaty apply when the victim's only injury was a thumb burn?

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Nina Totenberg on the New SCOTUS Term

Monday, October 28, 2013

A new Supreme Court term began earlier this month. This docket for this session includes a case on limits on campaign donations, affirmative action, and two cases related to abortion. Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, talks about the cases she's following from the highest court in the country.

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Government Changes Policy On Warrantless Wiretap Defendants

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Obama administration has discovered that it unintentionally misled the Supreme Court last year. It told the justices that it always informs terrorism defendants when evidence against them was acquired with a warrantless wiretap. Now the Justice Department is making sure its policy does match what it told the high court.

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Citing Supreme Court, Judge Awards Benefits To Same-Sex Widow

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's the latest in a series of court rulings equalizing benefits for legally married same-sex couples in the aftermath of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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S.C. Court Orders 'Baby Veronica' Adoption Finalized

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The emotional legal case over custody of a young girl, which went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, appears to have come to an end. South Carolina's highest court on Wednesday ordered the adoption of 3-year-old "Baby Veronica" finalized. She will live with a white couple, not her Native American father.

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Scalia V. Ginsburg: Supreme Court Sparring, Put To Music

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have been friends for decades, but they're known for their differences when it comes to constitutional interpretation. In those dramatic clashes, recent law school graduate Derrick Wang heard an opera.

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A 'Mea Culpa'

Monday, July 08, 2013

Nina Totenberg discusses an error she made in a recent story about the Supreme Court term.

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Judge Who Struck Down Proposition 8 Knew Case Would Go Far

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Retired federal Judge Vaughn Walker set the California gay marriage ban on its way to the Supreme Court with his ruling in 2010. On Wednesday, the high court kept his decision intact. Walker shares his insight into the justices' strategy and the controversy he's waded through as a gay judge.

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Supreme Court Expands Gay Rights In 2 Major Rulings

Thursday, June 27, 2013

In one case, a divided court struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, enabling same-sex couples in states that allow gay marriage to qualify for federal benefits. The court also ruled that plaintiffs in a gay marriage case from California lacked standing — it carved the way for gay marriages to resume in California.

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Supreme Court Extends Gay-Marriage Rights With Two Rulings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court issued two rulings expanding gay-marriage rights on Wednesday. The first says gay married couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The second is expected to clear the way for gay marriage in California.

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Supreme Court Frees 9 States From Voting Laws Oversight

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court struck down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by a vote to 5-4 on Tuesday. It essentially shifts the burden of fighting off voting discrimination from the government to minority voters.

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Supreme Court: Congress Has To Fix Broken Voting Rights Act

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The court declared part of the 1965 law unconstitutional on Tuesday, effectively striking down a process that put states with a history of voting discrimination under extra federal oversight.

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Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case To Lower Court

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court on Monday sent a high-profile affirmative action case back to a lower court. It said the University of Texas' affirmative action program must be narrowly tailored. The vote was 7-1.

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Court Rulings Complicate Discrimination Suits For Employees

Monday, June 24, 2013

In two big employment law cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for employees to bring discrimination suits about workplace harassment and retaliation.

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