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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stuck In the Middle With You

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canada’s middle class is now wealthier than ours. David Leonhardt of The New York Times explains the analysis (and the new Times data platform). Plus: how to understand your college financial aid letter; sleep through the life cycle; and news from the Supreme Court.

The Takeaway

SCOTUS Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In a 6-to-2 decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan state ban on affirmative action in public higher education. Kareem Crayton, a professor of law at the University of North Carolina Law School, explains the ramifications of this ruling.

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Gabfest Radio

The Great Flood Comes To The Big Screen

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: Supreme Court rulings, big-budget biblical movies, where websites go when they "die," and more.

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WNYC News

Supreme Court Opens the Door for New York Campaign Cash

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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Political party leaders are already dialing for dollars thanks to Wednesday's Supreme Court decision striking down some limits on campaign contributions.

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The Takeaway

Are Campaign Contributions Speech?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Supreme Court’s campaign finance decision in McCutcheon v. FEC has reignited a debate about the role of money in politics. Some equate campaign donations with speech and others believe that campaign finance restrictions are the only way to prevent political corruption.

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The high court's decision frees the nation's wealthiest donors to contribute to as many candidates and party organizations as they want...and thereby have greater influence in federal elections.

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The Takeaway

Inside Hobby Lobby's 'Hypocrisy'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

An analysis of documents finds that Hobby Lobby's employee 401k retirement plan holds more than $73 million in mutual funds with companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs used in abortions. 

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The Takeaway

Do Corporations Have a Right to Religious Freedom?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a case that will determine whether for-profit corporations must provide insurance coverage for contraception.

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On The Media

The Re-Birth of the First Amendment

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court made a decision in the case New York Times v Sullivan that would forever alter the way journalists practiced journalism. Brooke speaks with Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the decision's impact on the First Amendment.

Supreme Court audio courtesy of Oyez®, a multimedia judicial archive at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

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On The Media

In the Battle Over Aereo, CBS Explores the Nuclear Option

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves has reportedly suggested the network would stop broadcasting if the streaming service Aereo wins a forthcoming Supreme Court case.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Seeking Justice: Emily Bazelon on Bullying, SCOTUS, and More

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Emily Bazelon is a senior editor and court watcher at Slate, a Politics Gabfest regular, and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She discusses the re-issue of her book in paperback, recent cases of bullying including the Miami Dolphins locker room scandal, and a little about the current Supreme Court cases on the docket.

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On The Media

New Frontiers in Child Porn Law

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Supreme Court is weighing how much defendants convicted of possessing images of child pornography should have to pay in restitution to the victims depicted in those images. The case involves a woman known as “Amy,” whose uncle raped her when she was a young girl and circulated photographs of the abuse online. He eventually went to jail, but those photos became among the most widely viewed child porn in the world. Karen Duffin reports on Amy’s quest for restitution.

 

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The Takeaway

Could the Supreme Court Upend the TV Business?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Aereo bypasses cable boxes to deliver broadcast channels that hold the rights to air events like the Oscars or the Super Bowl. Now the Supreme Court must decide whether Aereo's service is an innovation—or whether it's simply using the internet to steal creative content. Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia says that while his technological innovation has been a good business so far, this case is about freedom.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Halts Utah Same-Sex Marriages

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court has hit the pause button on same-sex marriage in Utah. Federal Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban back in December, but yesterday the Supreme Court issued a stay on the decision. Suzanne Goldberg, a professor at Columbia Law School, considers whether this latest move is an indication that the Supreme Court is heavily focused on states rights issues.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sotomayor's Contraceptive Coverage Exemption

Thursday, January 02, 2014

On New Years Eve, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary exemption to the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act for a elder care facility run by a group of nuns in Colorado, and related organizations. Emily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, explains this latest challenge to the contraception mandate and what it might mean for the law.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Halts Contraception Mandate for Religious Groups

Thursday, January 02, 2014

On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked the Obama administration from forcing some religious-affiliated groups to provide health insurance coverage of birth control or face penalties as part of the Affordable Care Act. Joining The Takeaway to explain what this means for the law is Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

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The Takeaway

Edie Windsor on Her Love Affair with the Gays

Thursday, December 26, 2013

"I can't walk down the street without people stopping me to say thank you," says the 84-year-old, who shot to stardom this year after winning the Supreme Court Case that made gay marriage legal. "It's thrilling."

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The Takeaway

Same-Sex Marriage in 2013 and Beyond

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, the case that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, marked just one of the many milestones in LGBT rights this year. Dale Carpenter, author of "Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas - How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans" and professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, examines the state of same-sex marriage rights as 2013 draws to a close, and looks ahead at what to expect in 2014.

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Gabfest Radio

The Supreme Court Term Limits Edition

Friday, December 20, 2013

On the Culture Gabfest, panelists Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss American Hustle, David O. Russell’s period gangster film starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Next, the critics welcome Willa Paskin, Slate’s TV critic, to discuss her favorite show of the year, the Danish political drama Borgen.

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The Takeaway

Will an NSA Challenge Reach the Supreme Court?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This week a federal judge ruled the National Security Agency's surveillance programs were unconstitutional. What are the odds that a challenge to the NSA's data collection intelligence program will reach the Supreme Court? Pretty good, but how will it get there and when? Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins The Takeaway to explain.

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