Nina Totenberg http://kufm.org en High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban http://kufm.org/post/high-court-upholds-michigans-affirmative-action-ban The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a Michigan ban on affirmative action in higher education. The 6-to-2 decision is likely to set the stage for further battles over affirmative action in the political arena, as well as the courts.<p>In 2006, Michigan voters, by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent, passed a referendum to amend the state Constitution and ban any consideration of race in college and university admissions. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 18003 at http://kufm.org High Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban Supreme Court Case Could Change How You Watch TV http://kufm.org/post/startup-fights-tv-networks-copyright-case-supreme-court Bruce Springsteen may have been ahead of his times with his song "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)," released in 1992. These days there are hundreds of channels, and whether you like it or not, you get most of them in your basic cable package. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 17979 at http://kufm.org Supreme Court Case Could Change How You Watch TV Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge To Ohio Ban On Campaign Lies http://kufm.org/post/supreme-court-will-hear-challenge-ohio-ban-campaign-lies The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday testing whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during an election campaign.<p>At issue is an Ohio law that imposes potential jail time or a fine for the first offense, and possibly loss of the right to vote for anyone convicted twice. The case before the court, however, involves not a person, but an organization.<p>During the 2010 midterm elections, the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List wanted to put up a billboard ad targeting then-Rep. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 17972 at http://kufm.org Group Goes Online To Find Affirmative Action Plaintiffs http://kufm.org/post/group-goes-online-find-affirmative-action-plaintiffs A group opposed to affirmative action in higher education is taking the unprecedented step of looking for plaintiffs online.<p>The Project on Fair Representation is advertising for college applicants willing to challenge Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.<p>When the Supreme Court issued a ruling last spring that made affirmative action programs more legally difficult to sustain, project director Edward Blum promised that more "costly and polarizing litigation" would soon be filed against university affirmative action pro Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 17311 at http://kufm.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits http://kufm.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-pillar-campaign-finance-limits The U.S. Supreme Court has once again erased from the books a major provision of the nation's campaign finance law. By a 5-to-4 vote, the justices removed the cap on the total amount of money that donors can contribute to candidates and parties in each election. Prior to Wednesday's ruling, the aggregate limit was $123,000. Now there is no limit.<p>The ruling is the latest in a series of decisions that have all but demolished the campaign reforms adopted by Congress beginning 40 years ago in the wake of the Watergate scandal. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 17093 at http://kufm.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? http://kufm.org/post/secret-service-under-high-court-scrutiny-potential-first-amendment-violations On a day when three of President Obama's Secret Service agents were put on leave for "<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/26/294805521/secret-service-agents-recalled-from-overseas-for-drinking">disciplinary reasons</a>," the agency came under scrutiny in the U.S. Supreme Court for a separate incident.<p>The court heard arguments in a case testing whether Secret Service agents can be sued for moving a group of protesters out of earshot of President George W. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 16758 at http://kufm.org Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://kufm.org/post/birth-control-mandate-goes-under-high-court-microscope There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.<p>The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.<p>The lead challenger in the case is the Hobby Lobby corporation, a chain of 500 arts and crafts stores that has 13,000 employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 16702 at http://kufm.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://kufm.org/post/hobby-lobby-contraceptive-case-goes-supreme-court The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.<p>This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.<p>In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 16668 at http://kufm.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity http://kufm.org/post/lawrence-walsh-his-judgment-came-not-confidence-insecurity <em>In 2003 the American Bar Association published Lawrence Walsh's autobiography, </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Gift_of_Insecurity.html?id=Ufg6AQAAIAAJ">The Gift of Insecurity; A Lawyer's Life</a><em>. Walsh </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/20/291999738/lawrence-walsh-who-investigated-iran-contra-scandal-dies-at-102">died Wednesday at age 102</a><em>. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 16483 at http://kufm.org Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102 http://kufm.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 21:26:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 16479 at http://kufm.org Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102