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The controversy sparked two years ago by Arizona's law targeting illegal immigrants has landed in the Supreme Court. Federal lawyers say parts of the law unconstitutionally infringe on the federal government's authority over immigration policy. But states' rights advocates say states have the right to act in the face of what they call "lax enforcement" of federal laws. Guest host Sara Terry asks how a ruling by the court will affect the debate, and what impact it will have in this fall's elections. Also, aides say Newt Gingrich will drop his presidential bid and endorse Republican rival Mitt Romney. On Reporter's Notebook, a calm response to the news that a case of mad cow disease has been found in California.

Banner image: A woman holds a Christian icon as she demonstrates against Arizona's SB1070 law in front of the Supreme Court April 25, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

The Immigration Solution

Heather Mac Donald

Making News Gingrich Quitting Race, and Endorsing Romney 7 MIN, 36 SEC

A day after sweeping five Republican primaries, on one of the biggest primary days of the year, Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee are moving quickly to integrate their efforts to unseat President Obama in November. Meanwhile, aides for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he would suspend his campaign early next week. Chris Cillizza is politics managing editor at the Washington Post and author of its blog, The Fix.

Chris Cillizza, Washington Post (@thefix)

Main Topic The Supreme Court Takes Up Arizona's Immigration Law 35 MIN, 1 SEC

Arizona's notorious law targeting illegal immigrants goes under the legal microscope in the nation's highest court today. At issue is the power of the federal government over states' rights and whether the law encroaches on federal authority over immigration policy. Arizona sparked a huge national debate two years ago when it took immigration into its own hands, passing the controversial law known as SB 1070. Several other states followed suit with laws of their own, legal challenges were filed, and now four parts of the law are under consideration by the Supreme Court. How will this case affect similar laws in other states? What impact will a court ruling have in an election year?  At a time when immigration from Mexico has fallen sharply, is there even a need for such laws?

David Savage, Los Angeles Times (@davidgsavage)
Karen Tumlin, National Immigration Law Center (@KarenTumlin)
Heather Mac Donald, Manhattan Institute (@HMDatMI)
Jeffrey Passel, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)
Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions / UCLA (@LatinoDecisions)

Reporter's Notebook Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in CA Animal, but Food Supply Declared Safe 8 MIN, 23 SEC

The USDA confirmed today that a case of mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow. It's the fourth case of the disease found in the US since the first in December, 2003. But a USDA official also said that US meat and dairy supplies are safe. Experts said the case was "atypical," meaning the cow did not contract the disease through the feed supply. Reuters reported that major markets for US beef, including Canada and Japan, remained open, although one South Korean retailer has suspended purchases. Bruce Akey is Executive Director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bruce Akey, Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine

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