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  • emMy Grandfathers Sonem Book Party
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    My Grandfather's Son Book Party

    A reception to mark the publication of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' memoir, My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir, published by Harper, was held by radio host and columnist Armstrong…

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  • John and Abigail Adamss Letters
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    John and Abigail Adams's Letters

    Justice Breyer and others read the letters of John Adams and his wife Abigail to one another.

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  • Justices Breyer and Scalia at Constitution Forum
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    Original Intent and a Living Constitution

    Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia participated in a discussion on the constitutional theories of original intent and the Constitution as a living document. They also discussed the use of…

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  • Constitutional Conversation
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    Constitutional Conversation

    At an evening event titled “Constitutional Conversation” moderated by Tim Russert, justices talked about the role and operation of the Supreme Court, the state of civics knowledge and…

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  • emCitizens United v Federal Election Commissionem Oral Argument
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    Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The case arose from a political documentary called Hillary: The Movie. The film’s producers lost a…

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  • Fiscal Year 2011 Supreme Court Budget
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    Fiscal Year 2011 Supreme Court Budget

    Justices Breyer and Thomas testified about the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget for the U.S. Supreme Court. In his opening remarks Justice Thomas said major portions of the requested five percent…

    2,023 views
  • Principles of Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation
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    Principles of Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation

    U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonia Scalia and Stephen Breyer discussed their judicial philosophies of constitutional and statutory interpretation and how they reach their decisions. The two justices…

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  • Challenge to Voting Rights Act of 1965 Oral Arguments
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    Challenge to Voting Rights Act of 1965 Oral Arguments

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, docket number 08-322. At issue were provisions of the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act…

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  • Voter Identification Supreme Court Case Oral Argument
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    Voter Identification Supreme Court Case Oral Argument

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the cases of Crawford v. Marion County Election Board and Indiana Democratic Party v. Rokita about the validity of the law passed in 2005 by…

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  • emKennedy v Louisianaem Oral Argument
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    Kennedy v. Louisiana Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Kennedy v. Louisiana on the constitutionality of the death penalty for child rape. This program contained the audio recording released by the…

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  • emActive Liberty Interpreting Our Democratic Constitutionem
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    Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer talked about the Court, deciding controversial cases, and his book Active Liberty: Interpreting our Democratic Constitution

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  • Supreme Court Issues
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    Supreme Court Issues

    Associate Justice Stephen Breyer talked with Bill Press about recent Supreme Court cases and the direction of the Court. Topics included Bush v. Gore, the recent Guantanamo Bay detainees decision, and…

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  • emDistrict of Columbia v Hellerem Oral Argument
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    District of Columbia v. Heller Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, docket number 07-290, in which a 1976 law was challenged that had the effect of banning handguns in the District of…

    9,363 views
  • Federalism and Climate Change
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    Federalism and Climate Change

    Associate Justice Stephen Breyer delivered the dinner address at a conference on the future of the federal-state relationship in addressing climate change. He talked about the role of the…

    456 views
  • emBaze v Reesem Oral Argument
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    Baze v. Rees Oral Argument

    The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Baze v. Rees, docket number 07-5439. The Court will decide if the lethal injection drugs used to execute prisoners on death row have such a high probability of…

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  • emBoumediene v Bushem and emAl Odah v USem
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    Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. U.S.

    Justices heard oral arguments in the cases of Boumediene v. Bush, docket number 06-1195, and Al Odah v. U.S. involving the rights of suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the…

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  • Reconsideration of emDred Scott v Sandfordem
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    Reconsideration of Dred Scott v. Sandford

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and nine U.S. appeals court judges presided over a moot court reconsideration of Dred Scott v. Sandford. After hearing from lawyers and academics from across the country representing…

    1,901 views
  • emHamdan v Rumsfeldem Oral Argument
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    Hamdan v. Rumsfeld Oral Argument

    Government and plaintiff attorneys presented oral arguments in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld on the constitutionality of using military commissions to try al-Qaida members accused of war crimes. Among the…

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  • Federal Judicial Compensation
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    Federal Judicial Compensation

    Justices Breyer and Alito testified in an oversight hearing on the compensation of the federal judiciary. It was noted that salaries of certain federal judges cannot be increased without…

    159 views
  • Supreme Court Partial Birth Abortion Ban Oral Arguments
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    Supreme Court Partial Birth Abortion Ban Oral Arguments

    Justices heard oral arguments on two cases involving partial birth abortions. At 10 a.m. the justices heard arguments in Gonzales v. Carhart, et al.. At 11 a.m., they heard Gonzales v.…

    810 views
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