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Keeping the Supreme Court in Check

Nov 2, 2008
Neither McCain nor Obama would alter the prevailing jurisprudence in the Supreme Court or in subordinate tribunals. The unfortunate result will be a judiciary that is deferential to presidential powers and law enforcement in the name of fighting international terrorism.

Culture-War Ads Coming Your Way

Sep 20, 2008
This latest report from the "Secret Money Project," an ongoing joint project by the Center for Investigative Reporting and National Public Radio, follows the money trail to the sources behind independently funded political advertisements on hot-button issues like abortion and religion that are cropping up as the Nov. 4 election approaches.

Cindy McCain ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Choice of Palin

Sep 5, 2008
John McCain's wife, Cindy, sat down with CBS News anchor Katie Couric for an interview that aired Wednesday night, pledging to Couric that the VP vetting process was indeed thorough and sounding her enthusiasm for Sarah Palin. She said she agrees with the Alaska governor about the need to teach intelligent design in the schools but disagrees that abortion should be prohibited even in cases of incest or rape.

Obama, McCain Court Women Voters

Jun 17, 2008
During the final stages of Hillary Clinton's campaign, a common refrain emerged among some of her more ardent supporters: If Barack Obama wins the nomination, we're backing John McCain. Now that the dust has settled somewhat after Clinton's concession, Obama is working to clarify the differences between his positions and McCain's when it comes to issues that impact the lives of female voters.

McCain Marches to the Right

Nov 20, 2006
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continued his Jekyll and Hyde routine Sunday on "ABC This Week," contradicting his once moderate positions with pre-campaign right-wing pandering. McCain said he would like to see Roe vs. Wade overturned, and noted his plan to send more troops to Iraq would "put a terrible strain on the Army," but said it would be better than losing the war.

South Dakota Abortion Law to Challenge Roe

Mar 7, 2006
In signing a bill intended to ban almost all abortions in the state, Gov Mike Rounds is directly challenging the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, hoping that a more conservative court will revisit the issue (The South Dakota bill is particularly draconian: It makes no exceptions for rape or incest) The NY Times reports that parental-notification laws do little to discourage abortions or pregnancies Watch a related report on PBS Online NewsHour or read the transcript .