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Judge overturns ‘Prop 8,’ ban on same-sex marriage in California

A federal judge in California has rejected the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, setting the stage for a lengthy and hard-fought appeals process that may well reach the Supreme Court.


  Need to Know, July 30, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Could the WikiLeaks be dangerous? 100 days after the start of the oil spill in the Gulf, we check in on an ailing community in Grand Isle. Plus a look back at the life of prison reform advocate David Lewis.


In Kagan hearings, one case takes center stage: Little Guy v. Big Guy

In four days of confirmation hearings, senators seemed to want to talk most about a case that doesn’t actually exist — but which may nonetheless define the Supreme Court for years.


Race, gender, religion and the court

Why would Thurgood Marshall be a liability for Elena Kagan? A conversation with Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree.


McDonald v. Chicago

In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court struck down two restrictive handgun laws in Chicago, Ill. and Oak Park, a nearby suburb. Here are 5 things you need to know about the ruling.


Quiz: How much do you know about the Supreme Court?

Sure, you know your William Rehnquist and your Roe v. Wade, but what else do you know about the goings-on in the Supreme Court Building’s hallowed halls? Find out!


Why the Republicans are grilling Kagan: the midterm elections

If GOP leaders have promised not to filibuster Elena Kagan’s nomination, why are they grilling her so thoroughly in her confirmation hearings this week? The answer is simple: the midterms.


Live coverage of the Kagan confirmation hearings

Streaming video plus full coverage of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings from the PBS NewsHour.

Utah inmate executed by firing squad after 25 years on death row

Ronnie Lee Gardner became the first man in 14 years to be executed by firing squad early Friday morning, ending a 25-year saga that in its final days stoked a national debate over the death penalty.

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