Supreme Court Rulings: A Watershed Moment for Civil Rights?
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Supreme Court Rulings: A Watershed Moment for Civil Rights?

The US Supreme Court is supposed to be the last word on the constitution and issues including voting rights and same-sex marriage. Have this week's decisions made history or has a divided court muddied the legal waters? Also, a retired general is suspected of leaking details on Stuxnet cyberattack, and in Brazil, the political elite is making concessions, but street protests are still going on. We hear about the depth of corruption.

Banner image: Ron Gerling (L) and Darrin Martin celebrate in San Francisco, California after the US Supreme Court's ruled on California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act on June 26, 2013. Photo: Noah Berger/Reuters

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US Supreme Court and the Convoluted History of Civil Rights ()

The Civil Rights Era arguably began in 1954, when the US Supreme Court desegregated the public schools — in a decision that was unanimous. This week the US Supreme Court made history with rulings on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and two cases involving same-sex marriage, but what kind of history?  The court is so sharply divided that legal scholars are still trying to figure out what the decisions will mean. Can states and local agencies now get away with denying minorities the right to vote?  What's next for same-sex marriage? We talk with civil-rights historian Taylor Branch and others about what happened this week and what to expect in the future.


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Protests Continue despite Some Government Concessions ()

Protests that started over increases in bus and subway fares in several Brazilian cities turned into a nationwide movement, and the political elite has been forced to pay attention. After days of massive protest, Brazil's leaders have made some concessions, but Sunday's final Confederation Cup soccer game could fill the streets of Rio again. Todd Benson is Brazil Bureau Chief for the Reuters News Service.


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