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March 29, 2013

Weekly Show

The Supreme Court heard two same-sex marriage cases this week. We look at the similarities and differences between these cases and the shift in  public opinion on same-sex marriage alongside some lawmakers’ political considerations.  Also, Obama urges Congress to pass gun legislation. Joining Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times: Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Pete Williams, NBC News; John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times; Dan Balz, Washington Post.

Supreme Court Examines Arizona Immigration Law

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PBS NewsHour: In Ariz. Immigration Case, Supreme Court Weighs Limits of Federal, State Powers

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As the Supreme Court heard arguments on Arizona's contentious immigration law Wednesday, justices appeared skeptical of the Obama administration's claim that the state had overstepped federal law. Gwen Ifill and Marcia Coyle discuss the arguments and the four distinct parts that are being challenged.

Judges Don't Have to Screen Witnesses, Court Rules

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Judges need not screen potentially unreliable eyewitnesses before they testify as long as the witnesses weren't improperly influenced by police, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Wednesday. Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said it suffices to test a witness's reliability through the usual trial procedures of cross-examination, rules of evidence and jury instructions about the fallibility of eyewitness IDs.
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States Enacting Immigration-Related Laws

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The Supreme Court's move to take up a dispute on a stringent new Arizona immigration law sets the scene for a national battle over how to stop foreigners from illegally crossing the border and offers the justices another potentially blockbuster case for the term.
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PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Lines up Potentially 'Explosive' Election Year Docket

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Supreme Court justices agreed Monday to take up a tough immigration law from Arizona that would, among other things, punish illegal immigrants who apply for work in the state. Gwen Ifill discuses this and other controversial cases with the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and author Jeff Shesol.

PBS NewsHour: Troy Davis Case in Georgia Rekindles Debate Over Death Penalty

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A parole board in Georgia has rejected clemency for inmate Troy Davis, who is slated to be executed Wednesday. Uproar over the case has revived questions about how the death penalty is applied. Gwen Ifill talks to The Heritage Foundation's Charles Stimson and Vincent Southerland of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

PBS NewsHour: Obama Orders Revamp of 'No Child Left Behind'

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August 8, 2011

Nearly a decade after it was enacted, many schools are having trouble meeting No Child Left Behind's benchmarks. Gwen Ifill gets details to proposed changes to the law.