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Today, the Supreme Court will again examine the constitutionality of a case related to same-sex marriage, this time on whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA , violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection clause. Learn more about today’s arguments here. 

Today, the Supreme Court will again examine the constitutionality of a case related to same-sex marriage, this time on whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA , violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection clause. Learn more about today’s arguments here. 

For the first time, the Supreme Court will take up gay marriage. Tuesday’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court involving California’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, boil down to this: Can a popular vote revoke a privilege already granted by a state government? And does the 14th Amendment prevent California from defining marriage as between a man and a woman? Here’s your rundown.

For the first time, the Supreme Court will take up gay marriage. Tuesday’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court involving California’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8, boil down to this: Can a popular vote revoke a privilege already granted by a state government? And does the 14th Amendment prevent California from defining marriage as between a man and a woman? Here’s your rundown.

For 48 years, the Voting Rights Act has been one of the most prominent pieces of Civil Rights legislation. This week, the Supreme Court will examine a constitutional challenge to the act. The case asks whether the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is still necessary and whether voters still risk disenfranchisement in certain parts of the country.

We’re asking people to share their memories from when the act was first passed. Listen to one above from Robert Summers and go here to learn more.

"If you don’t imagine what the person you’re speaking to might be thinking, you can’t anticipate how that person is reacting to you."

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to Gwen Ifill about her new memoir, “My Beloved World,” her adjustment to “the bench” and the importance of an open mind. More here.

Health Care Reform: Four questions for SCOTUS

  • Does an 1867 law, the Anti-Injunction Act, prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing and deciding the health care law challenge? The act bars pre-enforcement challenges to taxes. The penalty in the health care law for failure to purchase minimum insurance will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service, but will not appear on a taxpayer’s tax return until 2015.

  • Is the so-called individual mandate to purchase health insurance constitutional?

  • If the mandate is unconstitutional, can it be severed from the rest of the law or must the entire law fall?

  • Does the expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor and disabled unconstitutionally coerce the states into participating, because if they do not participate, they risk losing federal money in the federal-state funded program?

Need a last-minute refresher on the SCOTUS health reform case?

(Source: pbs.org)

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NewsHour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser.
Mary Agnes Carey, a reporter from Kaiser Health News.
Neera Tanden, president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress and a former architect of the health care law.
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Yesterday was about the “meat and potatoes" — establishing jurisdiction. Today, we get into the real issues on constitutionality: Can the federal government force Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine if they don’t? 
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Today at 1 p.m. we’re hosting a live chat with folks who know this stuff inside and out: 

To participate, tweet us @newshour with #HCRchat.

To get you started - Supreme Court Reviews Health Care Form Law: a Guide to Day 2

Yesterday was about the “meat and potatoes" — establishing jurisdiction. Today, we get into the real issues on constitutionality: Can the federal government force Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine if they don’t? 

-KC

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First sketches of the day by artist Bill Hennessy.
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First sketches of the day by artist Bill Hennessy.

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