Nina Totenberg on the New SCOTUS Term

Monday, October 28, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court (Steve Heap/Shutterstock)

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.


Nina Totenberg

Comments [3]

@Scott -

You have a point.

Would you expect dental services coverage to have your teeth replaced (due to a hockey incident)? What if it is show you WERE NOT wearing your equipment?

Oct. 28 2013 10:55 AM

Ms. Totenberg -

I (and many other citizens) believe that the recent government shutdown was an unconstitutional power grab on the part of the House. I think that SCOTUS needs to weigh in on this tactic or it will become a standard method for displaying displeasure with acts of Congress that a minority has no power to change. Temporary shutdowns of government services to resolve budget issues is one thing....Using a shutdown as a wedge to defund/delay/repeal laws that the Constitution has already defined a process for doing is another.

People who disagree generally claim that the House has 'the power of the purse'...which is a misapplication of the powers defined in Article 1 Sections 5 and 7, in my opinion.

In our opinion, can a citizen start such an action against the House or does it need to start from the Dept of Justice?

Oct. 28 2013 10:47 AM

In order to help support the birth control protection issue, I wonder if I can have my insurance company pay for my protective tecreational hockey equipment. I figure condoms and helmets both fall under the pwrsonal protection category. I will also be happy to subsize the cost of my hockey playing by spreading the cost out with my fellow citizens.

Oct. 28 2013 10:43 AM

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