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The Takeaway

SCOTUS: Judges Need Limits on Campaign Cash

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chief Justice John Roberts surprised many legal experts with his majority decision to restrict a judge's ability to directly solicit campaign donations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hear Highlights from the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Arguments

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Supreme Court did something unusual during Tuesday's oral arguments for legalizing gay marriage: it allowed them to be recorded. A Yale Law School professor analyzes the highlights.

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The Takeaway

Same-Sex Marriage: Inside The Supreme Court

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich reports from inside the Supreme Court as the justices' hear arguments for and against a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Baltimore; SCOTUS; Outfits; Blind Auditions & a Cop's View

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

SCOTUS and marriage; Baltimore update; why you should wear the same thing to work every day; auditions; and an NYPD officer's stories.

The Takeaway

To Thee I Wed: The Arguments For & Against Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that may decide once and for all whether gay couples have the same rights to marry as straight couples. 

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The Takeaway

Love and Marriage on Trial Before SCOTUS

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A week from today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the latest case to challenge a same-sex marriage ban.

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The Takeaway

What Does Religious Freedom Mean, Exactly?

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Some are surprised by Indiana's religious freedom law. But scholars say the Supreme Court legalized this type of discrimination with their Hobby Lobby ruling last summer.

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The Takeaway

Future of Coal Industry Before Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The EPA says power plants that run on coal and oil emit too many harmful chemicals like mercury and arsenic. But industry backers say reducing emissions is too expensive. 

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The Takeaway

What You Need to Know About the Latest Obamacare Case Before SCOTUS

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

If the court rules against the Obama Administration, millions of people using the federally run healthcare exchange could lose their subsidies and be unable to afford insurance.

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The Takeaway

How the Supreme Court Became an 'Echo Chamber'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An new investigation finds that a small, elite group of attorneys are increasingly more likely to have their cases heard before the Supreme Court. 

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Issues Blow to Early Voting

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A 5-4 ruling on early voting in Ohio could have implications for early voting in other states, including North Carolina, Wisconsin, Texas, and Arkansas.

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Issues Major Rulings on Religion, Unions

Monday, June 30, 2014

Today was the last day of the Supreme Court's term, and the justices handed down two major decisions. The Court issued a partial blow to unions, and recognized for the first time the religious rights of business entities. 

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Get Your Hands Off My Cellphone, Officer Edition

Friday, June 27, 2014

David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon discuss this week's Supreme Court ruling for police to have a warrant prior to searching the electronic device of a person arrested, Thad Cochran's win in Missippi, and Rand Paul's future in the GOP.

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The Takeaway

Siri Breaks Down Why Police Can't Search Cell-Phones

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

In a unanimous decision issued today, the Supreme Court ruled that police cannot search cell-phones without first obtaining a warrant. Want to know why? We asked Siri.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Weighs in on Digital Rights

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

We get quick reaction to this morning's Supreme Court opinions, and some of the recent notable cases, with Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick. The court has ruled against TV provider Aereo, and said that the police may not search an arrestee's cell phone without a specific warrant.

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On The Media

The Supreme Court Sides Against Aereo

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Since its inception, the streaming service has faced a barrage of lawsuits from broadcasters saying that it violates copyright law's prohibition against "public performance" of their content. Aereo consistently won lawsuits in lower courts, but today the company went up against the major broadcasters and lost.

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Life of the Law

The Necessity Defense

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It’s odd to think cannibals, cannabis-growers, Vietnam War protesters, and prison escapees all have something in common. But they do: the necessity defense. We explore the origins and uses of this rare long-shot defense argument, which says in essence,

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WNYC News

Local Religious Leaders Divided Over Supreme Court Prayer Decision

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Supreme Court says that prayers before town meetings are Constitutional.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Takes on Affirmative Action, Political Lying, More

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's a busy week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday they issued a decision upholding Michigan's right to ban affirmative action in college admission practices. The court also heard a case about the Internet TV provider Aereo, that could have a big impact on broadcast and online media and arguments about whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during a political campaign. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, rounds up the decisions and arguments, and takes your calls about what comes next.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SCOTUS Rules for Big Donors

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter for the New York Times covering lobbying and campaign finance, explains the details of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down some limits on federal campaign finance donations, and what it means for the influence of large donors in politics.

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