Minority voters once faced poll taxes, tests and other blatant methods of keeping them away from the polls. But while those methods are gone, political science says voter discrimination is now simply more subtle — and possibly more widespread.
The US government has always tried to maintain strict neutrality when it comes to the question of who controls Jerusalem. But a 12-year-old boy and his family are suing to have "Jerusalem, Israel" listed as his birthplace on his passport, sending the case to a Supreme Court with no foreign policy experience.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been involved in some of the court's most important decisions. In a one-on-one interview, Ginsburg explained that she views the Second Amendment as outdated, and drew connections between fair pay for women and immigration reform.
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.
In the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling, largely upholding President Barack Obama's healthcare reform bill, Republicans are trying a different strategy. They're trying to get voters fired up and retake the Senate in November, so they can repeal the measure in Congress.
President Obama's health care law has survived one of the most historic Supreme Court battles in decades. The court upheld most of the law's provisions, including the individual mandate, in a split 5-4 decision that will affect millions of Americans.
The Supreme Court is debating not only the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law, but also whether they can even take up the case yet, or whether an obscure federal law will keep it out of the court until 2014. Arguments continue Tuesday and Wednesday.