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How much do we think we know about the First Amendment? How many of us have looked at and considered the full text? More than likely we rely not on our own reading of the document and its various clauses, but on our Supreme Court’s interpretations and rulings to flesh out its true intent. But, what if the Supreme Court got it wrong?

Burt Neuborne, a former legal director of the ACLU, who has argued many cases before the Supreme Court, contends that oftentimes they have gotten it wrong. In his new book, Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment, Neuborne demonstrates that by failing to relate to the text as a coherent whole, the court has incrementally and collectively warped the original intent of the First Amendment.

Supports and opponents agree: it was a decision that changed American politics. Now, on the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United — which led to the rise of super PACs and millions in spending in election campaigns — Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a constitutional amendment to undo the ruling.

1/19/15 Panel

Jan 19, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, NYPIRG’s Legislative Director Blair Horner and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include U.S. Lawmakers in Cuba, Panetta on Paris Attacks, Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples, Obama Seeks to Raise Taxes on Wealthy.

  The new year could mean some major Supreme Court actions.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that same-sex marriage is due for a landmark decision.

  The midterms got all the attention, but the Supreme Court has plenty on its plate.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about some key upcoming decisions.

9/30/14 Panel

Sep 30, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
White House Intruder
Hong Kong Protests
Supreme Court on Early Voting
Judge on Rikers Beating

Capitalism v. Democracy

Sep 15, 2014

  In the new book, Capitalism v. Democracy, law professor Timothy Kuhner looks to offer the keys to understanding why corporations are now citizens, money is political speech, limits on corporate spending are a form of censorship, democracy is a free market, and political equality and democratic integrity are unconstitutional constraints on money in politics.

Kuhner says Supreme Court opinions have dictated these conditions in the name of the Constitution and he explores the reasons behind these opinions, reveals that they form a blueprint for free market democracy, and demonstrates that this design corrupts both politics and markets.

Timothy Kuhner is Associate Professor at Georgia State University College of Law and we welcome him to The Roundtable this morning.

  Several important cases could be making their way to the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he has his eye on.

  The final days of the Supreme Court’s term were a flurry of high-profile cases.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about some of the key decisions.

Last week the Supreme Court decided, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, known as RFRA, that Hobby Lobby, and other closely held profit making corporations, could claim religious exemptions from federal law, and they could withhold some forms of contraception from their health plans.[i]

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