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The latest news and analysis about key cases and critical arguments before the Supreme Court. The feed is updated frequently when the court is in session with interviews, background reports and updates to put key decisions in context.

The latest news and analysis about key cases and critical arguments before the Supreme Court. The feed is updated frequently when the court is in session with interviews, background reports and updates to put key decisions in context.
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The latest news and analysis about key cases and critical arguments before the Supreme Court. The feed is updated frequently when the court is in session with interviews, background reports and updates to put key decisions in context.

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In Puerto Rico, Pierluisi is out, Vázquez is in -- and uncertainty reigns

8/7/2019
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Puerto Rico's political upheaval continued when the island's supreme court overturned the installation of Pedro Pierluisi as governor. Outgoing Gov. Ricardo Rossello had positioned Pierluisi to succeed him, but the high court found that process unconstitutional -- paving the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to assume the post. Judy Woodruff talks to Frances Robles of The New York Times.

Duration:00:03:35

Shields and Brooks on Democratic debates, Supreme Court rulings

6/28/2019
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Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week's political news, including the first debates for 2020 Democratic candidates, whether that party has shifted too far to the left to be viable and Supreme Court decisions on partisan gerrymandering and including a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Duration:00:12:33

Supreme Court ends term with major rulings on census, gerrymandering

6/27/2019
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The Supreme Court ended its term with two major rulings that could have long-running implications for fundamental U.S. political processes. It blocked a census citizenship question, at least for now, and declared federal courts have no role in policing partisan gerrymandering. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang and Stu Rothenberg of "Inside Elections" join Jeffrey Brown and National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle.

Duration:00:09:51

Why Supreme Court ruled removing cross memorial would be hostile to religion

6/20/2019
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A Maryland World War I memorial in the form of a cross will remain on public land, after the Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling, 7 to 2. What does the decision mean for hundreds of challenges pending in lower courts over religious monuments on public lands, which critics say violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause? John Yang talks to Scotusblog.com's Tom Goldstein.

Duration:00:04:31

Planned Parenthood: 'It's simply not true' Mo. abortion clinic breaks rules

5/30/2019
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Missouri is part of a recent wave of state laws that would ban abortion almost entirely, sometimes without exceptions for rape and incest. The state is also making news on abortion for trying to deny its one remaining abortion provider, a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis, its license on grounds of alleged violations. William Brangham talks to Planned Parenthood's president, Dr. Leana Wen.

Duration:00:07:52

Former Justice Stevens on the 3 worst Supreme Court decisions of his tenure

5/15/2019
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Former Justice John Paul Stevens spent 35 years on the Supreme Court, writing some of its most important decisions. At age 99, he is still writing, including a new memoir, and weighing in on prominent U.S. issues today. Judy Woodruff sat down with Justice Stevens in April to hear his thoughts on everything from President Trump to how a childhood accident shaped his future views on gun ownership.

Duration:00:07:49

Why census experts fear a citizenship question would jeopardize results

4/23/2019
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Counting the roughly 327 million people currently living in the U.S. is a massive effort. And this year, before the next census moves forward, the Supreme Court must decide whether the Trump administration should be allowed to add a citizenship question to it, over the concerns of census experts. Judy Woodruff talks to the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle and NPR's Hansi Lo Wang for analysis.

Duration:00:10:07

In Curtis Flowers case, race could be a matter of life or death

3/20/2019
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Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the murder of four people killed in a Mississippi furniture store in 1996. The case is the subject of the second season American Public Media's "In the Dark" podcast. Now the Supreme Court is considering whether the district attorney prosecuting Flowers illegally made juror selections based on race. William Brangham talks to APM's Madeleine Baran.

Duration:00:07:48

Unanimous Supreme Court decision limits states' ability to seize personal property

2/20/2019
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to limit civil forfeiture laws allowing law enforcement to seize property from those suspected of committing a crime. In the unanimous decision, the high court sided with a low-level drug offender who argued that the seizure of his $42,000 Land Rover by law enforcement was an excessive fine. Amna Nawaz talks to the National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle for more.

Duration:00:04:07

Supreme Court takes action on transgender military ban, gun case

1/22/2019
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The Supreme Court dealt with some of the most politically charged issues in the nation on Tuesday. National Law Journal's Marcia Coyle joins Judy Woodruff to discuss why the Court's removal of the injunction on banning transgender military service people was "a little surprising," as well as an upcoming gun case with broad implications for public carry of weapons.

Duration:00:04:39

What serving in the military means for this transgender sailor

1/22/2019
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Megan Winters, a transgender sailor, says being able to transition while maintaining her Navy role left her personally and professionally "rejuvenated." Although the military cites little evidence that the presence of transgender service members jeopardizes military readiness, the Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to ban them. Nick Schifrin reports.

Duration:00:07:52

Supreme Court declines to hear case about toxic burn pits on military bases overseas

1/16/2019
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The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from veterans who had sued defense contractors over claims that toxic smoke from open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan caused them serious health problems. One of the contractors, KBR, countered that waste elimination procedures were directed by the military itself. As Hari Sreenivasan reports, the afflicted soldiers have no remaining legal recourse.

Duration:00:03:29

News Wrap: Fed seeks to reassure markets on interest rates

1/4/2019
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In our Friday news wrap, the chairman of the Federal Reserve sought to ease Wall Street's concerns over future interest rate hikes. Speaking at a forum in Atlanta, Jerome Powell said the Fed is "listening" closely to the market. Also, China announced that a U.S. delegation will travel to Beijing on Monday, to restart trade talks that have been stalled for weeks.

Duration:00:05:39

Will the Kavanaugh saga tarnish the Supreme Court's image?

10/9/2018
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As Justice Kavanaugh's tenure on the Supreme Court begins, echoes from his contentious confirmation hearings remain. Will the anger and partisanship surrounding this appointment damage public perception of the Supreme Court? Marcia Coyle from the National Law Journal joins Judy Woodruff to report on Kavanaugh's first day on the bench and how the court's new makeup might affect upcoming cases.

Duration:00:07:01

How Trump and trade factor into Heitkamp's reelection battle

10/9/2018
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North Dakota is small in terms of population, but its Senate race this fall is attracting major attention. Incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, the only high-level Democratic official left in the state, faces a close contest with Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, an enthusiastic supporter of President Trump. For the state's farmers, the choice may amount to a referendum on the president's trade war with China.

Duration:00:09:34

News Wrap: States declare emergencies over Hurricane Michael

10/8/2018
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In our news wrap Monday, Hurricane Michael is heading toward the Florida Panhandle, and is expected to make landfall midweek. Forecasters say it could become a major hurricane with winds topping 110 miles an hour. Also, President Trump predicted the battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will spur Democrats to vote Republican in the midterm

Duration:00:03:57

Tamara Keith and Shawna Thomas on the Kavanaugh election effect

10/8/2018
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Tamara Keith of NPR and Shawna Thomas of VICE News join Judy Woodruff to discuss how Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court could affect voter enthusiasm in the midterm elections, plus the races that are up for grabs in swing districts.

Duration:00:07:35

October 6, 2018 - PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode

10/6/2018
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On this edition for Saturday, Oct. 6, the Senate votes to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and the death toll rises in Indonesia in the wake of last week's tsunami. Also, worries over an ISIS resurgence on the Libyan coast. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York.

Duration:00:25:11

What Kavanaugh's confirmation means for the future of the Supreme Court

10/6/2018
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The Senate's vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court came after weeks of furious debate over allegations that he committed sexual assault and questions of whether his temperament was fit for the nation's highest court. Jamie Floyd, a legal analyst for WNYC, and Emily Bazelon, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, join Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how the confirmation will affect the country for decades to come.

Duration:00:08:04

Senate votes to confirm Kavanaugh as hundreds protest at Capitol

10/6/2018
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The U.S. Senate on Saturday voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court by a margin of 50-48. The vote, cut mostly along party lines after 30 hours of speeches on the Senate floor, came as protests against his confirmation continued to ripple throughout the country. For more, Niels Lesniewski, a senior writer for Roll Call, joins Hari Sreenivasan from the Capitol.

Duration:00:04:33