December 2010

PBS NewsHour: Health Reform Law: Will It Survive New Judicial Scrutiny?

December 13, 2010

In the latest in a spate of challenges to the sweeping health care reform law, a Virginia judge said certain provisions, including an individual insurance coverage requirement, were unconstitutional. Betty Ann Bowser reports then Gwen Ifill speaks with Neera Tanden of the Center For American Progress and attorney David Rivkin.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Evaluates Hiring Illegal Workers

December 8, 2010

The Supreme Court weighed the constitutionality of a controversial Arizona immigration law that penalizes employers who hire illegal workers. Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal walks through Wednesday's arguments and the legal issues at play.

PBS NewsHour: Legal Tangle Tightens Around WikiLeaks, Julian Assange

December 7, 2010

The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is just one of the many problems he and his secrets-exposing website now face as the U.S. explores possible prosecution on espionage charges. Gwen Ifill talks to Jeffrey Smith, former CIA general counsel, and Abbe Lowell, who has defended clients on espionage charges.

PBS NewsHour: Democrat vs. Democrat: Liberal Divisions Emerge Over Tax Cuts

December 6, 2010

As lawmakers search for possible bipartisan agreement on Bush-era tax cuts, some Democrats are asking if the price of compromise is too high. For more on what is turning into a bitter divide among liberals, Gwen Ifill speaks with Jane Hamsher of and Jim Kessler of Third Way, a centrist Democratic think tank.

PBS NewsHour: Supreme Court Examines Overcrowding in California Prisons

November 30, 2010

California's prisons house 144,000 inmates -- a significantly higher number than the facilities are designed to hold. In 2009, a judge ordered that the number be reduced to 111,000, still 30,000 more than intended. Gwen Ifill gets details from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal.