Supreme Court

Religious Objections
7:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:12 pm

There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.

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Crime & Courts
10:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

How To Sentence Juvenile Killers? State Supreme Court Weighs 1988 Case

Two men convicted in the grisly slaying of an elderly couple when they were teens could get parole if the state Supreme Court rules in their favor.

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Courts
12:01 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The Supreme Court invokes "God" before every public session. Now the justices will weigh whether it is different, as a legal matter, for government meetings to include more explicitly sectarian prayers.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:00 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."

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Social Issues
9:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Attorney Sarah Weddington On Reproductive Rights 40 Years After Roe V. Wade

Attorney Sarah Weddington is shown outside her offices on Monday, April 19, 2004, in Austin, Texas. Weddington argued the US Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1971 and 1972.
Credit AP Photo/Harry Cabluck

Roe v. Wade became the law of the land 40 years ago, but the battle over abortion rights continues today. The past two years saw new restrictions on access to abortion in many states. A recent Pew poll found steady public support for the Roe v. Wade decision, but there's also some confusion — more than half of those under 30 did not know what issue the case dealt with. Sarah Weddington argued Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court in 1971 and 1972. She joins us with an assessment of the present and future of women's reproductive rights.

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Economy
9:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

The New Freelance Economy

Freelance work can be stressful and unreliable, but also very freeing.

Up to one-third of working adults in the United States are independent contractors. Do you have what it takes to make it on your own? Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz joins us to talk about how independent workers are changing the national job landscape and what you need to know before joining the ranks of the self-employed.

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Law
12:31 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Washington Supreme Court Says Jury Selection Must Be Public

The Supreme Court of Washington issued opinions on four cases Wednesday about how courts and judges interact with jurors. In three of the cases the Supreme Court ruled that jury selection has to happen in the open.

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Privacy
10:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

US Supreme Court Considers Electronic Eavesdropping

US Supreme Court.
Credit (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Supreme Court hears arguments this week on Clapper v. Amnesty International, a case that will decide whether or not the federal government can be sued for wiretapping U.S. citizens. The Atlantic's Garrett Epps is following the hearing and shares his findings with us.

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Culture
9:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Weekday's Annual Haunted Halloween Party

Scary zombies at Toronto Zombie Walk.
Credit Flickr photo/Bahman A-Mahmoodi

You're invited to Weekday's haunted Halloween party. We hope you brought your nerve. (Insert creepy laugh here.) Dress up as anything you wish, and bring your true ghost stories and Halloween treats. Let's revel in the holiday!

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Elections 2012
7:28 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Civil Liberties And The Race For Supreme Court: McCloud Vs. Sanders

Richard Sanders and Sheryl Gordon McCloud take questions from King County Bar Association president Richard Mitchell.
(Photo / Amy Radil)


The race for the open seat on the Washington Supreme Court has drawn two staunch defenders of individual rights. One is former justice Richard Sanders, who hopes to return to the court after losing his seat two years ago. The other is appellate lawyer Sheryl Gordon McCloud. Both are passionate about constitutional issues, and even praise one another’s work. But they cite important differences in their positions and personalities.

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Supreme Court
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Jeffrey Toobin On The Supreme Court In The Obama Era

US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Despite their political differences, the young and ambitious Harvard Law graduates and Harvard Law Review alumni President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts share many similarities. We talk with Jeffrey Toobin, author of the new book “The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court,” about the battles and truces between America's judicial and executive branches – from inauguration day to the recent Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act.