Nina Totenberg http://wjsu.org en Group Goes Online To Find Affirmative Action Plaintiffs http://wjsu.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 25576 at http://wjsu.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits http://wjsu.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 25399 at http://wjsu.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? http://wjsu.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 25120 at http://wjsu.org Protesters Want To Sue Secret Service: Do They Have The Right? Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case http://wjsu.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 25069 at http://wjsu.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court http://wjsu.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 25034 at http://wjsu.org Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court