Supreme Court Decisions; Sal Albanese; Obama’s Climate Plan

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The words "Equal Justice Under Law" are inscribed on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Niel R/flickr)

The Supreme Court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act that determined which states get extra scrutiny for voting procedures. Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, is here to explain how it applied to New York State historically and what it means for the future. Plus: Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese; New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait on President Obama’s climate change plan; and Slate’s Emily Bazelon has more reactions and analysis of the major Supreme Court decisions. 

The Voting Rights Act and New York City

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the way the Voting Rights Act determines which parts of the country need extra scrutiny in their election law. Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, explains why three New York City counties (New York, Kings, and the Bronx) were covered by the Voting Rights Act, and what yesterday's decision means for those counties.

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Meet the Candidates: Sal Albanese

Our series of interviews with candidates for Mayor continues. Sal Albanese, former teacher, city council member and Democratic mayoral hopeful, discusses the campaign and his policy agenda.

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Obama on Climate Change

Jonathan Chait, daily columnist at New York Magazine, discusses the president's climate change speech yesterday and his overall record on the environment.

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Supreme Court Decisions: DOMA Struck Down; Prop 8 Vacated

Today is the last day the Supreme Court will issue opinions this summer, and two key rulings on gay marriage are expected. We provide the breaking news and analysis all morning with William Eskridge of Yale Law School, author of Dishonorable Passions: Sodomy Laws in America.

  • In a 5-4 vote, Supreme Court rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Here is the opinion.
  • On California's Prop 8, the court has vacated the case, making gay marriage legal once again (for now) in California.

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Emily Bazelon on Wendy Davis; SCOTUS Impact

After key rulings on gay marriage, voting rights, and affirmative action (not to mention adoption, employee discrimination, and gene patenting) -- what will be the lasting legacy of this season's Supreme Court opinions? Slate's Emily Bazelon discusses what we've learned and how our legal landscape has changed. Plus: why we were so riveted by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's all-night filibuster.

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