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April 25, 2014

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Obama's four-nation tour of Asia, Israel's decision to suspend Mid-East peace talks, the SCOTUS decision to uphold Michigan’s affirmative action ban at public universities, the Justice Dept.'s effort to make select prisoners eligible for presidential clemency grants. Joining Gwen: Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg News; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Carrie Johnson, NPR; Joan Biskupic, Reuters.

 

George Zimmerman Charged With 2nd Degree Murder in Trayvon Martin's Death

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George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who admits he shot unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was charged with murder today and has been taken into custody. The charge of second degree murder was announced by Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey at a news conference this evening.
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PBS NewsHour: How Trayvon Martin Case Could Affect 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Across U.S.

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A grand jury will not investigate the death of Trayvon Martin -- the unarmed black teenager shot in a gated community in February, a special prosecutor said Monday. Gwen Ifill and Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins' Center for Gun Policy and Research discuss the case's potential effects on other states' "stand your ground" laws.

Judge Pokes Obama Over Court Comment

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It seems President Barack Obama’s challenge to the Supreme Court–in which he said overturning his health-care law would amount to an “unprecedented, extraordinary step”–is not going over well in certain conservative judicial quarters. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered the Justice Department to explain whether courts indeed have the right to strike down a federal law.
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Supreme Court Divided over Obama Healthcare Law

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared closely divided along ideological lines over whether Congress had the power to require most people in the United States to buy medical insurance, with conservative justices asking skeptical questions about President Barack Obama's healthcare law and liberals defending it.
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Afghanistan Shooting Suspect to Be Charged

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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be officially charged with 17 counts of murder.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Weighs Life Without Parole for Juvenile Murder Convicts

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The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether 14-year-olds convicted of murder should be required to spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. Gwen Ifill and The National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle discuss the arguments and the issues under consideration.

Tracking Suspects via GPS

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Supreme Court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking

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In a major decision on privacy in the digital age, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that police need a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a person's car. The ruling, which marked the justices' first-ever review of GPS tracking, was unanimous. The justices divided, however, on how the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures applies to such high-tech tracking.

Justices Side with Death Row Inmate Abandoned by Counsel

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An Alabama death row prisoner should not be prevented from appealing because he missed a deadline after his lawyers dropped his case and failed to tell him, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 7-2 vote Wednesday. The two lawyers at the New York office of Sullivan and Cromwell did not alert Alabama court authorities that they were withdrawing, so that when a court clerk sent papers to the lawyers, the firm's mailroom sent them back unopened and marked, "Return to Sender — Left Firm" and "Returned to Sender — Attempted, Unknown."