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    June 23, 2014   BY Mark Sherman, Associated Press 

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

    The justices said that the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority in some cases to force companies to evaluate ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This rule applies when a company needs a permit to expand facilities or build new ones that would increase overall pollution. Carbon dioxide is the chief gas linked to global warming. Continue reading

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    April 25, 2014  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the Supreme Court upholding the right of Michigan citizens to say you can’t use race as a criteria for college admission, a new expansive gun rights law in Georgia and an update on four Senate races in the South. Continue reading

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    April 23, 2014  

    The Supreme Court upheld a ban on affirmative action in Michigan; at least seven other states have enacted similar laws. A New York Times study looking at five states found that African-American and Latino enrollment fell immediately at flagship schools. Gwen Ifill gets views from Dennis Parker of the American Civil Liberties Union and Roger Clegg of the Center for Equal Opportunity. Continue reading

  • October 7, 2013  

    Despite the government shutdown, the Supreme Court reopened on time ready to hear cases that revisit issues of campaign contributions, abortion and prayer in government. Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal joins Ray Suarez to preview the high court’s fall session and which cases may still make it on the docket. Continue reading

  • July 5, 2013  

    Without Section 4, will what remains of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 be enough to protect the interests of minority voters? Ray Suarez discusses the practical effects of the Supreme Court decision with Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and James Burling of the Pacific Legal Foundation. Continue reading

  • June 24, 2013  

    The Supreme Court ruled to send a case involving affirmative action at the University of Texas back to a lower court. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Lee Bollinger of Columbia University and Gail Heriot of University of San Diego School of Law on the use of affirmative action in higher education. Continue reading

  • March 25, 2013  

    In other news Monday, The New York Times reported that the CIA has been secretly helping expand military aid shipments to Syrian rebel fighters, assisting Turkey and other Arab states in the increase of weapons and equipment. Also, the Supreme Court heard arguments about drug companies delaying the release of generic drugs. Continue reading

  • March 25, 2013  

    A new book examines the murders, murderers and capital punishment overseen by the highest court in the U.S. Jeffrey Brown talks with veteran journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien about "Murder at the Supreme Court," which documents some of the most notorious crimes and subsequent penalties. Continue reading

  • January 22, 2013  

    Forty years ago, in the landmark case Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decided that abortion should be legal in the United States. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life and Nancy Keenan of NARAL Pro-Choice America join Gwen Ifill to debate the state of abortion rights and activism today. Continue reading

  • June 25, 2012   BY MARK SHERMAN and ASSOCIATED PRESS  

    The Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s crackdown on immigrants. Continue reading

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