The provision of the Voting Rights Act that states which jurisdictions must get federal permission for changes to their voting standards was struck down on Tuesday by a divided Supreme Court. The overall law remains in tact, but will require Congressional action for pre-clearance to happen.
The Supreme Court begins a new term today, facing a list of cases with several dominant themes: personal privacy, the rights of corporations, and just how far First Amendment protection extends when offensive speech is involved.
We look at what's happening on Capitol Hill this week. Outside the beltway, this week marks the start of earnings season. Investors will be watching closely to see if the economy is on the road to recovery or headed for a double-dip recession.
For further analysis on Elena Kagan's first day of questioning, we talk with Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of law at New York Law School. She will be joining the faculty of Harvard Law School as of Thursday.
In her first day of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan had a nearly 20-minute back-and-forth debate with ranking Republican Senator Jeff Sessions. Todd Zwillich, who was in the Senate chamber recaps.
As Elena Kagan prepares for her confirmation hearings, we are wondering: What should she read? Essence Magazine senior editor Patrik Henry Bass came up with some suggested reading for the nominee as she awaits her confirmation hearings.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has guarded her professional and personal lives, especially since being nominated for the Supreme Court earlier this week. We talk with two people who knew her at the University of Chicago Law School from 1991 - 1995.
If Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, there will be three women on the bench, six Catholics, three Jews and no Protestants. We asked you how much diversity her nomination would add to the nation's highest court and hear what you have to say.