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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed Free Speech in America

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thomas Healy reveals how the Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes became a free‑speech advocate and established the modern understanding of the First Amendment. A lifelong skeptic, Holmes disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views, but in 1919, he wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States. The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America is a remarkable behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to bring a legal icon around to their way of thinking.

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The Takeaway

How Much Power Should the E.P.A. Have?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case Environmental Protection Agency vs. EME Homer City Generation. At the heart of the case is the question of who has the power to act on issues of controlling environmental hazards. Jeff Holmstead is a former assistant administrator for the E.P.A. who is now an attorney with the firm Bracewell and Giuliani. While the Obama Administration defends the E.P.A.'s right to regulation, Holmstead disagrees. 

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Money Talking

What to Make of Faltering Tech Icons like HP and Blackberry

Friday, November 29, 2013

A lot of iconic companies in the tech sector like HP, Cisco and Blackberry have been struggling recently.

 

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court to Hear Two Pivotal Union Cases

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today over a strategy commonly used by unions to organize workers. The practice involves pressuring an employer to sign a "neutrality agreement." This case is just one of two major organized labor disputes the Court is scheduled to hear. The other involves a worker who objected to being asked to pay fees to a union she didn't support. Benjamin Sachs, a Harvard Law School professor, explains the legal arguments in both cases.

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The Takeaway

Church, State & the Supreme Court

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The small town of GreeceNew York is thrust into the national spotlight this week as the Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the town’s council can open its meetings with Christian prayers. Sarah Barringer Gordon, professor of law and history at the University of Pennsylvania, examines the Greece case and the historical role of religion in public life.

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The Takeaway

Affirmative Action Back Before the Supreme Court

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court hears a challenge to Michigan's ban on affirmative action, in the case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The outcome of this case could have repercussions for five other states that have outlawed affirmative action, including California, Washington, Arizona, Nebraska and Oklahoma. University of Michigan law professor Richard Friedman explores the case and its potential impact in Michigan and across the country.

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The Takeaway

International Community Urges U.S. to Raise the Debt Ceiling | Hundreds Killed in Migrant Shipwrecks | What Does It Mean To Be Jewish?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

International Community Urges U.S. to Raise the Debt Ceiling | ACA Could See Changes Under Senate Compromise | Post Peace Prize, OPCW Sees Positive Way Forward in Syria | Data Shows Youth of The New Millennium Are Less Religious | Hundreds Killed in Migrant Shipwrecks | Affirmative Action Back Before the ...

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Another Blockbuster Term for the Supreme Court

Monday, October 07, 2013

While the federal government shutdown has shuttered much of Washington, today the Supreme Court opens its doors for the 2013-2014 term. The nation's highest judicial body will rule on abortion, affirmative action and much more. Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, unpacks the major cases before the Court over the next eight months.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Rulings Include Links to Nowhere

Monday, October 07, 2013

Just because the Supreme Court is up and running, doesn’t mean its website is.According to a new study, 49 percent of the hyperlinks in recent Supreme Court decisions lead absolutely nowhere. And Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society Harvard and the author of the study, thinks this is a big problem.He explains why here.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Carries Out Raids in Libya & Somalia | Another Blockbuster Term for the Supreme Court | Edgar Allan Poe Exhibit Reveals “The Terror of the Soul”

Monday, October 07, 2013

U.S. Carries Out Raids in Libya & Somalia | Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: There Are The Votes to End the Shutdown | President of Iceland on the Future of the Arctic | Edgar Allan Poe Exhibit Reveals “The Terror of the Soul” | Another Blockbuster Term for the Supreme Court | ...

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Justice Ginsburg Part II: Gender, the Second Amendment, Immigration & More

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

As the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg often fields questions about gender and justice. In the second half of her wide-ranging interview with Takeaway host John Hockenberry, Justice Ginsburg begins with a thought-provoking comment regarding Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States and recognized a right to privacy in the Constitution.

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Justice Ginsburg Speaks: Part II | U.N. Report Confirms the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria | Bicycle Shares: Rapidly Changing Public Transportation

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Justice Ginsburg Part II: Gender, the Second Amendment, Immigration & More | Did Egypt’s Military Ever Stop Running Egypt? | Bicycle Shares: Rapidly Changing Public Transportation | Colorado Floods: The Rescue Efforts and the Challenges Ahead | Navy Yard Gunman Kills 12 | New Art Exhibit "Iran Modern" Uncovers Forgotten Chapter of ...

The Takeaway

Transcript: Interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Monday, September 16, 2013

Here you'll find a transcript of The Takeaway's interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Host John Hockenberry interviewed Justice Ginsburg on September 12, 2013 at the Supreme Court Lawyers Lounge.

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Justice Ginsburg on Women in Law, Intervention in Syria

Monday, September 16, 2013

In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes her revolutionary work on women and the law, the President and Congress' role in war, and privacy versus technology. Justice Ginsburg talks at length about her career, her position as the second female justice on the nation's highest court and her start as a litigator and a strategic champion of women's rights.

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WQXR Blog

Justice Ginsburg Officiates at Kennedy Center Chief's Wedding

Monday, September 02, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation's highest court.

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The Takeaway

The History of the Voting Rights Act: The Origins of the Preclearance Provision

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gary May is the author of "Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy." In his book, he explores the origins of the Voting Rights Act and answers the question: Why wasn't the preclearance test applied to all states and localities in the U.S. rather than the selective ones of the Voting Rights Act?

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Operavore

Work of Scalia, Ginsburg Inspiration for New Opera

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

He's a tenor stuck in the 18th century. She's a soprano who evolves over time. They fight like cats and dogs at work, but somehow forge and maintain a beautiful friendship.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Voting Rights Act and American Democracy

Thursday, July 25, 2013

In June, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it legal for nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without seeking federal approval. Gary May tells the history of the Voting Rights Act and the civil rights workers who fought for justice. In Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy, May describes how black voters overcame centuries of bigotry to secure and preserve their right to register and to vote. He also explains the what Supreme Court ruling means and he discusses renewed efforts to curb voting rights to minorities.

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The Takeaway

A New Voting Rights Act

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today Congress takes its first step toward devising a new coverage formula for the Voting Rights Act, as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Civil Rights veteran and Congressman John Lewis and Congressman James Sensenbrenner, among others. Yale Law Professor Heather Gerken, an expert in voting rights and election law, weighs in with her recommendations for a new Voting Rights Act.

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