The provision of the Voting Rights Act that states which jurisdictions must get federal permission for changes to their voting standards was struck down on Tuesday by a divided Supreme Court. The overall law remains in tact, but will require Congressional action for pre-clearance to happen.
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether a company can be issued a patent for a human gene. The company says it needs the patent to protect the genetic tests its developed; a group of doctprs says human genes are nature in action and should be ineligible for patent protection.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard the first of two cases regarding same-sex marriage on Tuesday. California's ban known as Proposition 8 came under scrutiny. But one legal scholar says the Court might find a way to avoid issuing a national ruling on the right for same-sex couples to marry.
Tuesday's Republican primary election will be another chance for the party's conservative wing to take aim at its more moderate branch. Conservative Richard Mourdock is challenging incumbent moderate Richard Lugar -- and Mourdock has a 10-point lead according to the latest polls.
On the agenda: the latest with Iran and their nuclear program; the eighth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan; China Premier Wen Jiabao's visit with Kim Jong Il in North Korea; and the Supreme Court's new term with new Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The Supreme Court begins its annual term this morning with a packed agenda. Among other cases, they'll be hearing about gun rights, dog-fighting videos, corporate political contributions and the First Amendment. On The Takeaway
Early reports say that President Obama has made his choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. The pick to fill retiring Justice Souter's seat appears to be Sonia Sotomayor. The Takeaway turns to Columbia Law Professor Nate Persily for more.
President Obama is expected to announce that he will fill retiring Justice David Souter's seat on the high court with Sonia Sotomayor. For more about the potential Justice we turn to Slate Magazine's Senior Legal Correspondent Dahlia Lithwick.
President Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the as his first appointment to the court. For what the rest of the nation needs to know about this likely pick, we turn to New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny.
Several administration officials say President Obama has settled on his pick for the Supreme Court. The name that's being floated is Sonia Sotomayor. Joining us to discuss her background and her record as a judge is the New York Times' Adam Liptak.
The Supreme Court confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor may not center on the abortion issue but rather affirmative action. The Takeaway is joined by Christopher Caldwell, a TIME magazine contributor and Senior Editor of The Weekly Standard.
Joining us to discuss how Supreme Court justices develop their view is Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, who once clerked for Justice Souter, and John Schwartz, the legal correspondent for The New York Times.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the white firefighters who said they experienced discrimination. Joining The Takeaway to talk about the philosophy behind this ruling is Georgetown law professor Jeffrey Rosen.