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Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

December 5, 2013

There's widespread agreement that our government is not working well. Legal scholars debate the causes of dysfunction in Washington and how the U.S. Constitution plays a role.

U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

December 4, 2013

The ACLU is suing U.S. Catholic bishops over anti-abortion policies that it claims endanger women’s lives. Diane and her guest discuss the legal rights of pregnant women at Roman Catholic hospitals.

Ongoing Rollout Challenges For The Affordable Care Act

December 2, 2013

Two days after the administration's deadline for fixing Healthcare.gov, Diane and her guests get an update on the federal website for health insurance shopping, other rollout challenges and political risks for both parties going forward.

New Efforts To Limit NSA Surveillance Powers

November 27, 2013

A Senate committee bill permits the NSA to continue its dragnet approach to surveillance. But many argue routine record collection should be outlawed. Diane and her guests discuss the limits of privacy, liberty and national security.

Implications For New Filibuster Rules In The Senate

November 25, 2013

The Senate approved the most fundamental change to its filibuster rules in more than a generation. Diane and her guests discuss what the new “majority rules” mean for presidential nominees and legislation moving forward.

Evolving American Attitudes On Same-Sex Marriage

November 20, 2013

A public rift in the Cheney family highlights the ongoing debate and controversy over the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Diane and her guests explore evolving American attitudes on same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers And Regulators Take A Closer Look At Bitcoin

November 19, 2013

The Senate Homeland Security Committee hears testimony on the economic benefits of Bitcoin. Critics argue it provides a safe haven for drug traffickers and other criminals. Diane and her guests discuss new questions about the digital currency Bitcoin.

John Grisham: "Sycamore Row"

November 13, 2013

John Grisham's latest novel is the long-awaited sequel to "A Time to Kill." It's a story about race and inheritance in a rural Mississippi town.

Veterans Treatment Courts

November 11, 2013

A new court program offers a way to keep troubled veterans out of jail and get them the help they need for drug abuse and other addictions. How Veterans Treatment Courts are making a difference in the lives of returning soldiers.

Public Prayer at Government Meetings

November 7, 2013

After the Supreme Court marshal asks "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court," the justices heard arguments on whether prayers at government meetings violate a clause of the First Amendment. Guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR and his guests discuss the latest case before the Supreme Court.

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