Nina Totenberg http://nhpr.org en Supreme Court Case Could Change How You Watch TV http://nhpr.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 47168 at http://nhpr.org Supreme Court Case Could Change How You Watch TV High Court To Consider Political Lies, Future Of Broadcasting http://nhpr.org/post/high-court-consider-political-lies-future-broadcasting Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Two important cases will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today. One of them involves a high-stakes, high-tech battle that has raised the possibility of major TV networks no longer broadcasting over the air. The other case involves the future of lying in political campaigns. Here's NPR's legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.<p>NINA TOTENBERG, BYLINE: Is there a constitutional right to lie? Ohio and about a third of all the states have laws that make certain kinds of campaign lies illegal. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 47161 at http://nhpr.org High Court Considers Definition Of Domestic Violence In Gun Case http://nhpr.org/post/high-court-considers-defintion-domestic-violence-gun-case Law enforcement, domestic violence organizations and gun control groups won an important victory in the U.S. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:21:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45702 at http://nhpr.org Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? http://nhpr.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 45686 at http://nhpr.org Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://nhpr.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 45613 at http://nhpr.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://nhpr.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 45568 at http://nhpr.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity http://nhpr.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 45386 at http://nhpr.org Lawrence Walsh: His Judgment Came Not From Confidence But From Insecurity Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102 http://nhpr.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 21:29:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 45384 at http://nhpr.org Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102 With Death Penalty, How Should States Define Mental Disability? http://nhpr.org/post/death-penalty-how-should-states-define-mental-disability Twelve years after banning the execution of the "mentally retarded," the U.S. Supreme Court is examining the question of who qualifies as having mental retardation, for purposes of capital cases, and who does not.<p>In 2002, the high court ruled in <em>Atkins v. Virginia</em> that executing "mentally retarded" people is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 44417 at http://nhpr.org Justice Scalia And Jon Stewart Concur Chicago Pizza Isn't Pizza http://nhpr.org/post/justice-scalia-and-john-stewart-concur-chicago-pizza-isnt-pizza Justice Antonin Scalia and Jon Stewart, host of <em>The Daily Show With Jon Stewart</em> on Comedy Central, are, gasp, in agreement!<p>Both have rendered scorching opinions on a major national controversy — pizza. Specifically, Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza.<p>For months, Stewart and Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel have been dueling on the subject, with Stewart ranting that deep-dish pizza "is not pizza." It is, he <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-13-2013/tower-record">said</a>, "tomato soup in a bread bowl ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 43773 at http://nhpr.org Justice Scalia And Jon Stewart Concur Chicago Pizza Isn't Pizza A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court http://nhpr.org/post/illinois-case-brings-new-union-questions-supreme-court The U.S. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:18:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 42161 at http://nhpr.org A Union For Home Health Aides Brings New Questions To Supreme Court Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone http://nhpr.org/post/supreme-court-decide-if-warrant-needed-search-cellphone The U.S. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:26:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 42063 at http://nhpr.org Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones http://nhpr.org/post/supreme-court-considers-legality-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case testing the constitutionality of buffer zones at abortion clinics.<p>Fourteen years ago, the <a href="http://www.oyez.org/cases/1990-1999/1999/1999_98_1856" target="_blank">court upheld</a> Colorado's 8-foot "floating" buffer zones around individuals to protect patients and staff entering and exiting these clinics. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 41861 at http://nhpr.org Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case http://nhpr.org/post/balance-power-stake-high-court-case The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a big constitutional fight over the balance of power between the president and the Senate.<p>At issue is whether the president's power to make temporary appointments during the Senate recess can be curtailed by the use of pro forma Senate sessions during which no business is conducted.<p>During the holidays from mid-December 2011 to Jan. 20, 2012, the Senate did not meet as it usually does. Failing to get the Republican House to grant permission to recess, the Senate formally convened and adjourned multiple times. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:47:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 41716 at http://nhpr.org Balance Of Power At Stake In High Court Case U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah http://nhpr.org/post/us-supreme-court-halts-gay-marriages-utah The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously granted a stay in the Utah gay marriage case, putting a stop to the weddings until an intermediate appeals court has heard and ruled on the matter. It could be a potentially precedent-setting case. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 41334 at http://nhpr.org