- Making News: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retires
The failing health of 80 year-old Chief Justice William Rehnquist has prompted speculation as to who will be named to the court upon his retirement. So today's announcement by Sandra Day O'Connor that she will retire came as quite a surprise. The first female on the Court and a critical swing vote during her 24-year tenure, O'Connor leaves an impressive legacy, says Dahlia Lithwick who covers the court for Slate.com.
- Reporter's Notebook: Political, Legal Impact of Justice O'Connor's Retirement
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor served 24 years on the Supreme Court, often casting the crucial swing vote on such volatile issues as abortion and the death penalty. We hear more about her legacy and the challenges facing President Bush as he searches for her replacement from Constitutional Law Professors Cass Sunstein and Nelson Lund, and from Dana Milbank, who covers politics for the Washington Post.
FROM THIS EPISODE
More From To the Point
Touching down in fly-over country Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.
Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
LATEST BLOG POSTS
A U.S. immigration judge speaks out about her fears that the rule of law is under assault An arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, America’s system of immigration courts handles the civil cases of undocumented immigrants seeking to remain in the United States. Immigration judges must… Read More
Calif. governor’s race: Gavin Newsom interview Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is seen as the frontrunner in the race to be the state’s next governor. The Democrat has a solid lead in most of the polls. Newsom… Read More