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The Supreme Court rules on abortion

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The Supreme Court closed out its term with two decisions on reproductive health -- striking down a Massachusetts "buffer zone" law and saying closely held for-profit companies do not have to provide contraception coverage to female employees because of the religious beliefs of the owner.  This isn't the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the abortion rights/anti-abortion debate.  Twenty-five years ago, the justices upheld a Missouri law that restricted state funding and facilities used for abortions.  On a Headline Edition of Washington Week, the panelists discuss

June 27, 2014

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Four significant Supreme Court decisions this week including suspects' rights & abortion clinic protests, incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi survives a strong tea-party challenge, and a first person account on the worsening situation in Iraq. Joining Gwen: Pete Williams, NBC News; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Dan Balz, Washington Post.

May 9, 2014

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The kidnappings of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram; the White House released a new report on climate change; the SCOTUS ruling to uphold prayer at government meetings; and a roundup of the primaries that marked the unofficial launch of the midterm season. Joining Gwen: Hannah Allam, McClatchy Paper; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Coral Davenport, The New York Times; Pete Williams, NBC News

April 4, 2014

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The Supreme Court rejected the overall limits on how much individuals can donate; the implementation and politics of the Affordable Care Act; and why two powerful GOP congressmen, Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dave Camp, have chosen not to seek re-election. Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Matea Gold, The Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine.

 

March 28, 2014

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Obama's efforts to rally European allies against Russia, the first-ever meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis, SCOTUS heard arguments challenging the ACA's contraception coverage provision, and healthcare signups reach 6 million. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, The New York Times; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Alex Wayne, Bloomberg News.

 

January 17, 2014

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Obama's recommendations to reform NSA surveillance practices; a congressional report calls Benghazi attack “likely preventable”; the political fallout from Obamacare, and two cases argued before SCOTUS dealing with restrictions on abortion protesters and presidential recess appointments. Joining Gwen: Peter Baker, New York Times; Joan Biskupic, Reuters; Jeff Zeleny, ABC News; Tom Gjelten, NPR.

October 11, 2013

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The political and economic consequences of the government shutdown and the impact should the U.S. default; Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve; and SCOTUS takes on the campaign finance law. Joining Gwen: Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; Greg Ip, The Economist; Jim Tankersley, Washington Post; Joan Biskupic, Reuters.

June 28, 2013

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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

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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.

March 29, 2013

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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.