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Instead of being the predicted yawner, Supreme Court session ending today has produced its share of blockbuster decisions. We look at today's three, final 5-to 4-rulings and what this year's session might reveal about the future.

Also, the Greek debt crisis deepens. On today's Talking Point, Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket blew up today on its way to the International Space Station. Fortunately, it was unmanned. But it's the second failure in a row for NASA's privatized space program — and the third since October. What's in store for the future?

Photo: US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (L) stands with fellow Justice Anthony Kennedy prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 28, 2014. (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Christine Detz

Greece Debt Crisis Deepens 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After Greeks emptied their accounts over the weekend, the government has closed banks today. When they re-open ATM withdrawals will be strictly limited, and Saturday there will be a national referendum that could sever the five-year-old bail-out lifeline to the European Union. Jason Karaian, senior Europe correspondent for Quartz, joins us from London for an update.

Guests:
Jason Karaian, Quartz (@jkaraian)

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IMF's Christine Lagarde on Greece

Who's Really in Charge at the US Supreme Court? 33 MIN, 3 SEC

Today's decisions on lethal injections, EPA regulations and Congressional gerrymandering don't match the drama of Obamacare or same-sex marriage. But they do illustrate a familiar pattern. Only one Justice was in the majority all three times: Anthony Kennedy. This has also been a year of increasingly open conflict between Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts. Looking forward to next year, is a conservative court becoming more liberal or is ideology giving way to practicality?

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Shapiro on Scalia, Roberts' Obamacare arguments
Hunter on the Supreme Court, LGBT rights and equal protection
Hasen on political polarization, the Supreme Court and Congress

Does the SpaceX Crash Imperil the International Space Station? 10 MIN, 30 SEC

For the third time in just eight months an unmanned cargo ship bound for the International Space Station blew up just after launch yesterday. Space X, the company founded by Elon Musk, launched an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket yesterday, but it never got close to the International Space Station. Two minutes after leaving the launch pad, it blew up and scattered supplies, hardware and dozens of student science experiment in the sea off the coast of Florida. That raises questions about the future of America’s privatized space program. Ashlee Vance is a technology writer for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the author of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.


Photo courtesy of NASA

 

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.

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