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June 28, 2013

Weekly Show

The Supreme Court handed down decisions this week on key social issues including same sex marriage, affirmative action and voting rights. What are the legal, political and policy effects of these landmark decisions? Joining Gwen: Pete Williams, NBC News; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Dan Balz, Washington Post; and Amy Walter, Cook Political Report. 

 

From the Vault: The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action

Vault Show

Ten years ago the Supreme Court struck down the points system for University of Michigan undergraduate admissions, but upheld consideration of race in admitting Michigan Law School students. This month, the Supreme Court is set to rule in a case that challenges the University of Texas' use of race in its admissions criteria. On June 27, 2003 Washington Week discussed the Supreme Court's ruling that declares race can be a factor in college admissions and how now retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the key swing vote.

Court May Limit Use of Race in College Admission Decisions

Essential Reads

Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court set the terms for boosting college admissions of African Americans and other minorities, the court may be about to issue a ruling that could restrict universities' use of race in deciding who is awarded places.

Gwen’s Take | Inside the Supreme Court with Sonia Sotomayor

Gwen's Take

There are few places in Washington as grand as the Supreme Court. The staircases sweep; the marble columns soar, and the carved archways inside guide visitors down hushed hallways. The chamber itself, with its velvet drapes, elevated bench and rich history, makes you drop your voice to a whisper once you’re inside.