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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: The Anti-Union Court

The Court decided yesterday in Harris v. Quinn that at least some of the employees who work under a collective bargaining agreement don't have to share in the costs of negotiating that agreement. The Court says it violated their First Amendment rights. How many unions and employees it will apply to is still unclear but this is not the first move the Roberts Court has made in that direction.[i] Sometimes the patterns matter much more than the individual decisions, whether good or bad.

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WAMC News
6:30 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Cross State Pollution Rule

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated the Environmental Protection Agency’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule that will force downwind polluters to stem emissions that travel into the Northeast.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 3, 2014

"License To Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples" By Kimberly Richman

    A critical reader of the history of marriage understands that it is an institution that has always been in flux. It is also a decidedly complicated one, existing simultaneously in the realms of religion, law, and emotion. And yet recent years have seen dramatic and heavily waged battles over the proposition of including same sex couples in marriage. Just what is at stake in these battles?

License to Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples by Kimberly D. Richman examines the meanings of marriage for couples in the two first states to extend that right to same sex couples: California and Massachusetts.

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Congressional Corner With Brad Hays

    It’s a busy time of year for the Supreme Court.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss what’s on the docket.

Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Stephen Gottlieb: Supreme Court Recess Appointments Case

The Supreme Court heard argument yesterday about recess appointments. The Constitution says:

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

1/7/14 Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Newsman, Ray Graf. Meteorologist, Paul Caiano, will join us for part of the show to talk about the record breaking cold weather.

Topics include:
Utah - Supreme Court
Cheney Out of Race
Yellen In
Polar Vortex
Biden in Albany
Burglary Exposed J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Congressional Corner With Brad Hays

    In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss what’s on the docket at the Supreme Court.

Commentary & Opinion
12:40 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Herbert London: Equality And The Court

The word “equality” is woven into the fabric of the nation. Despite the clause in the Declaration of Independence and Lincoln’s continual efforts to preserve it, most people assume we are born with different endowments, have different temperaments, behave in different ways and, most assuredly, are unequal. In fact, the more we as a nation emphasize individuality, the more likely inequality will result.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

6/26/13 - Panel

Today's panelists are WAMC newsman, Ray Graf and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.

Topics:
SCOTUS - Voting Rights Act Decision
DOMA/Prop 8

WAMC News
7:48 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Mass. Dems Fault Court Ruling On Voting Rights Law

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other top Democrats are criticizing the Supreme Court's ruling on the landmark Voting Rights Act.

The justices ruled 5-4 Tuesday that a key provision of the law cannot be enforced unless Congress creates an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring.

Patrick called the decision "disappointing." He said many areas of the country are moving to limit access to the ballot and that politics is still "racially polarized" in states covered by the provision in the law.

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