Nina Totenberg http://wkms.org en Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102 http://wkms.org/post/lawrence-walsh-who-investigated-iran-contra-scandal-dies-102 Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor who investigated charges of wrongdoing and criminality by top Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died.<p>He was 102.<p>The Iran-Contra affair merged two secret operations. On President Reagan's orders, his administration provided weapons to rebels opposed to the leftist government in Nicaragua. At the time, Congress had barred the Pentagon and CIA from giving the aid to the so-called Contras. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 39377 at http://wkms.org Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102 A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court http://wkms.org/post/illinois-case-brings-new-union-questions-supreme-court The U.S. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 38174 at http://wkms.org A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case http://wkms.org/post/balance-power-stake-high-court-case The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a big constitutional fight over the balance of power between the president and the Senate.<p>At issue is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions during which no business is conducted.<p>During the holidays from mid-December 2011 to Jan. 20, 2012, the Senate did not meet as it usually does. Failing to get the Republican House to grant permission to recess, the Senate formally convened and adjourned multiple times. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 37982 at http://wkms.org Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of (Frequent) Fliers http://wkms.org/post/supreme-court-fight-rights-frequent-fliers Do airline frequent fliers have any legal rights when they get into disputes over their club memberships?<p>That's the question before the U.S. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:18:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 37029 at http://wkms.org A Supreme Court Fight For The Rights Of (Frequent) Fliers Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case http://wkms.org/post/supreme-court-returns-affirmative-action-michigan-case The U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of affirmative action again Tuesday, but this time the question is not whether race may be considered as a factor in college admissions. Instead, this case tests whether voters can ban affirmative action programs through a referendum.<p>In 2003, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/news/specials/michigan/" target="_blank">high court upheld</a> the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policy. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:48:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 35705 at http://wkms.org Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case Despite Shutdown, Supreme Court Opens Its Doors For New Term http://wkms.org/post/despite-shutdown-supreme-court-opens-its-doors-new-term When the rest of the government shuts down for a blizzard, the U.S. Supreme Court soldiers on. And so it is that this week, with the rest of the government shut down in a political deep freeze, the high court, being deemed essential, is open for business.<p>It is, after all, not just any week for the justices. It is the opening of a new term.<p>The docket this year has nothing quite as riveting as last year's same-sex marriage cases, or the challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul from the term before. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:06:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 35500 at http://wkms.org Despite Shutdown, Supreme Court Opens Its Doors For New Term Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court http://wkms.org/post/whose-term-was-it-look-back-supreme-court It would not be an exaggeration to call the recently completed Supreme Court term a lollapalooza. Day-by-day on the last week of the court term, the justices handed down one legal thunderbolt after another: same-sex marriage, voting rights, affirmative action. The end-of-term crush of opinions made so many headlines that other important decisions got little public notice.<p>If this was the term of equality, the question is whose equality prevailed. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 07:35:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 32783 at http://wkms.org Whose Term Was It? A Look Back At The Supreme Court Judge Who Struck Down Proposition 8 Knew Case Would Go Far http://wkms.org/post/judge-who-struck-down-proposition-8-knew-case-would-go-far When the Supreme Court issued its decision clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, former District Judge Vaughn Walker had worked up a sweat.<p>"I was at the gym on the treadmill, and the television was on. So I was working up a sweat for reasons other than Proposition 8," says Walker, who now has a private practice.<p>Walker is the judge who struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage in 2010. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 04:08:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 32612 at http://wkms.org Judge Who Struck Down Proposition 8 Knew Case Would Go Far Supreme Court Frees 9 States From Voting Laws Oversight http://wkms.org/post/supreme-court-frees-9-states-voting-laws-oversight Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court usually saves its biggest decisions for the last few days of a term, and this year is no different.<p>MONTAGNE: The court is expected to wrap up its current term today, but not before issuing major decisions on the legality of same-sex marriage. Yesterday, the court, in essence, cut the heart out of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:25:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 32508 at http://wkms.org Why The FISA Court Is Not What It Used To Be http://wkms.org/post/why-fisa-court-not-what-it-used-be The furor over recently exposed government surveillance programs has posed an abundance of political challenges for both President Obama and Congress. Relatively unmentioned in all of this, however, is the role of the courts — specifically, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, and how its role has changed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.<p>Obama has said that there are tradeoffs between privacy and security in an age of international terrorism. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 07:07:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 32198 at http://wkms.org Why The FISA Court Is Not What It Used To Be