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Sandra Day O'Connor's Doubts on Bush v. Gore

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has said that she has doubts about whether the court should have taken up Bush v. Gore. Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for the New York Times, explains what her comments tell us about public opinion and the Supreme Court, the decision in Bush v. Gore, and what it means for potential future cases.

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Oil and Extremism: The Prescient Caution of Justice William O. Douglas

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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"We are heading up to one of the greatest crises, I think, in modern history." This prediction about oil and the Middle East was made in 1951 by none other than Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas at a Books and Authors Luncheon.

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Audio Essay: Supreme Court Leads by Example

Friday, March 30, 2012

This week, the big players in American democracy, media players, candidates, politicians, even passionate voters got a lesson in intelligent civic democracy from the quiet intensity of measured debate and smart talk from nine justices and a couple of top notch lawyers. John Hockenberry reflects on the week of debates in the Supreme Court. It wasn't just about the health care law this week, argues Hockenberry. It was the way the Court handled the issue – regardless of your political persuasion. The court made a real point about the value of a civic space free of noise and full of intelligence.

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Does Justice Kennedy Hold the Fate of the Health Care Law in His Hands?

Friday, March 30, 2012

In the biggest Supreme Court cases, Justice Anthony Kennedy, more often that not, is the key swing vote. As the Supreme Court deliberates over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, once again all eyes are on Justice Kennedy. Adam Liptak is the Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times.

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Supreme Court Lessons: Justice Stephen Breyer on American Democracy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Supreme Court Justices (Sort Of) Discuss Their Favorite Video Games

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 that a California law restricting the purchase of violent videogames by minors represents a breach of their First Amendment rights. Members of the U.S. media elite know that the impetus for this decision is most likely the fact that the current Court is packed with videogame-ophiles.

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Supreme Court Gets Contentious on Campaign Finance

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

"We've been regulating campaign contributions since 1907," The New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin reminds us at a time when it seems like many of the regulations may be overturned. The Supreme Court has had some flare ups recently over the string of cases brought in front of the court. With Justice Elena Kagan, the Court not only has the largest number of female Justices on board, but also a four to five weighting of Democrat versus Republican appointments. Although the court looks different, says Toobin, the rule of five still applies.

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Citizens United: A Year Older, But No Less Contentious

Friday, January 21, 2011

On the one year anniversary of the Citizens United campaign finance decision, the ruling remains as contentious as ever, with efforts under way to alternative mechanisms to fund campaigns, and attempts to change the law itself.

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Supreme Court Allows Women's Class-Action Suit Against Walmart

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Yesterday the Supreme Court announced that it would hear the biggest work discrimination lawsuit in American history. The suit’s plaintiffs accuse Walmart of having discriminated against hundreds of thousands of women across the country for pay and for promotions. Walmart says the suit has too many aspects to be deemed a single class-action.

Even though the immediate stakes are very high for both the plaintiffs and the defendant in this case, the long-term ramifications of the case could be long lasting, particularly for future class-action lawsuits.

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Gail Collins on Sex Scandals and Big Spenders

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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It's always been my own personal opinion, after having more time than is good for me looking into sex scandals in politics, is that people really don't care. They want to know what their person is doing to support the family values that they have but they don't really care much what they're doing with their private life.

- Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times on the The Leonard Lopate Show,.

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SCOTUS Preview

Friday, October 01, 2010

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate.com, discusses what's coming up on the Supreme Court docket as Elena Kagan joins the bench.

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Kagan Confirmed by Senate Judiciary Committee

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Elena Kagan is inching closer to a full Senate vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Judiciary Panel OKs Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice.

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Minor League Baseball or Law School? A Sotomayor Diary

Friday, July 17, 2009

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Reporter by Marianne McCune and Zila Acosta

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor captured the attention of millions of Americans during her confirmation hearings this week. Twenty-year-old Zila Acosta comes from a part-Puerto Rican, part-Dominican family. Her mother is a ...

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Obama Picks NY Judge for Supreme Court

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Listen to an NPR special about the nomination, including President Obama’s remarks, tonight at 8pm on AM820.
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From a housing project in the Bronx to the Supreme Court...If confirmed, U.S. 2nd Circuit Judge ...

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