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Matthew David Albritton's MyC-SPAN

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    Young v. United Parcel Service Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Young v. United Parcel Service, on whether the United Parcel Service’s decision to put a pregnant employee on unpaid leave instead of accommodating her in a manner similar to temporarily disabled workers violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads. The case centered on whether the nationwide passenger train service is or is not part of the government and whether it unconstitutionally interferes with other train companies.

    This program is the audio recording released by the court. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Elonis v. United States Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Elonis v. United States. The case involves free speech and criminal threats in the age of the Internet and social media. At issue in the conviction of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to 44 months in prison for making threats against his wife and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent on his Facebook page, was proof of the defendant’s subjective intent to threaten.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Public Health Emergency Preparedness

    Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) talked about U.S. public health emergency preparedness. They also discussed the Obama administration’s response to Ebola cases in the U.S.

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    Yale Honors Supreme Court Justices

    Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas talked about Court traditions, technology and their views of their colleagues. They also spoke about their experiences as Yale Law School students. They had returned to their alma mater to receive the Alumni Award of Merit.

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    Alabama Redistricting Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two consolidated cases, Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama and Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, challenging state’s legislative redistricting plan as relying too heavily on racial gerrymandering. The black and Democratic officeholders argued that the new plan packed black voters into existing majority-black voting districts diluting their overall voting power in the state.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Magna Carta Legacy

    Chief Justice Roberts and Lord Igor Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, talked about the significance of the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. They spoke at the Library of Congress, where a 1215 copy of the Magna Carta was on display.

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    Nomination Hearing for National Counterterrorism Center Director

    The Senate Select Intelligence Committee considered the nomination of Nicholas Rasmussen to be director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He said in his opening statement that he thinks about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, everyday on the job, and those thoughts fuel his work. He was asked questions about *ISIS threats abroad and to the homeland, Afghanistan troop reduction and its impact on intelligence gathering, Iran, cybersecurity, general threats to and plots against the homeland, and NCTC staffing.

    * The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is a militant group that has called itself the Islamic State.

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    Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean. At issue was whether whistle-blower protection extends to unauthorized disclosure of sensitive security information. Air Marshal Robert J. MacLean claimed whistle-blower protection for releasing details about proposed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) operational changes that he believed would have reduced aviation security.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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    Zivotofsky v. Kerry Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Zivotofsky v. Kerry. The case involves whether Congress has the power to pass a law requiring the State Department to record the birthplace of an American citizen born in “Jerusalem” as born in “Israel” on a U.S. passport, or if doing so infringes on presidential recognition power. In 2002, Congress enacted the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, which directs the secretary of State to record “Israel” as the place of birth on a passport of a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem, if the citizen requests it. President George W. Bush signed the act but issued a signing statement noting that the provision interfered with the constitutional functions of the presidency in foreign affairs, and he did not enforce it.

    This program contains the audio recording released by the court. Still images of participants were shown on the screen as they spoke. Justice Thomas did not speak.

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