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Today the Supreme Court decided how old rules apply to new digital devices, making it harder to legally stream TV on your smartphone but easier to keep your phone private.

Also, what yesterday’s nail-biter of a primary in Mississippi bodes for the Tea Party in November’s election, and how independent political organizations are skating the edge of the law in local elections.

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SCOTUS Rules on Cell Phone Searches, Cable Copyright 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Now a constitutional right to privacy extends to the smartphones Americans hold in their hands. “The privacies of life” -- that’s how Chief Justice John Roberts put it in the unanimous ruling today. Here to explain the case and what it means for anyone carrying a cellphone is Tom Taylor, Assistant Managing Editor at Bloomberg’s BNA Law Week.

Guests:
Tom Taylor, US Law Week (@Tom_PTaylor)

Is a Secure Future of Broadcasting, an End to Innovation? 15 MIN, 59 SEC

Media conglomerates were quick to cheer today’s Supreme Court decision in the Aereo case this morning. Aereo is the tech startup that’s been making news, and enemies in the broadcasting industry, with an innovative cloud-based antenna and DVR system. Essentially, the justices decided that Aereo’s streaming service violated copyright law and amounted to theft of broadcast networks’ programming. The case was viewed as having the potential to change the future of broadcasting, but left the current business model virtually intact.

Guests:
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew )
Sandra Aistars, Copyright Alliance (@copyright4u)
Brian Barrett, Gizmodo (@brbarrett)

A Stunner in Mississippi 27 MIN, 21 SEC

Just under 7000 votes edged six-term Republican Senator Thad Cochran over the line to victory in his closely watched race yesterday in Mississippi against a more conservative challenger, Chris McDaniel. Tea Party groups had targeted the veteran lawmaker as early as last year, hoping to take down a GOP fixture. House Majority leader Eric Cantor's shocking loss in Virginia two weeks ago added to the movement’s momentum. Money and resources poured into McDaniel’s campaign, which is partly why Cochran’s win comes as a shock to most politicos.

Guests:
Emily Wagster Pettus, Mississippi State Capitol Reporter, Associated Press (@EWagsterPettus)
Marvin King, University of Mississippi (@OldMissRebels)
Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times (@mateagold)
Paul S. Ryan, Campaign Legal Center

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