Nina Totenberg http://wrti.org en Scalia V. Ginsburg: Supreme Court Sparring, Put To Music http://wrti.org/post/scalia-v-ginsburg-supreme-court-sparring-put-music On the day after the Supreme Court concluded its epic term in June, two of the supreme judicial antagonists, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, met over a mutual love: opera.<p>When it comes to constitutional interpretation, the conservative Scalia and the liberal Ginsburg are leaders of the court's two opposing wings. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 6181 at http://wrti.org Scalia V. Ginsburg: Supreme Court Sparring, Put To Music Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream http://wrti.org/post/kennedy-centers-new-organ-no-longer-pipe-dream It was almost spooky. Each night after 11 p.m., when nothing was stirring in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, two men would enter. One would sit at the organ, playing a key or series of keys, and the other would crawl around inside the organ pipes, 40 feet off the floor. The process went on for months.<p>It was the all but final phase of installing a new organ for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. And on Nov. 27, the organ makes its formal debut.<p>Towering over the stage, the organ looks big, but you have no idea <em>how</em> big. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:14:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 4796 at http://wrti.org Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream Roman Totenberg: A Musical Life Remembered http://wrti.org/post/roman-totenberg-musical-life-remembered <em>[Roman Totenberg was a child prodigy who became a violin virtuoso, as well as a master teacher who passed along his command of craft and his love of music — and life — to thousands. He was also the man you wanted to sit next to at the table because he was so funny. Totenberg died this week at the age of 101, surrounded by loving family, friends and students. We asked his daughter, Nina Totenberg, for this remembrance. — Scott Simon]</em><p>My father's death was as remarkable as his life. Sat, 12 May 2012 08:03:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3855 at http://wrti.org Roman Totenberg: A Musical Life Remembered 4 Questions That Could Make Or Break The Health Care Law http://wrti.org/post/4-questions-could-make-or-break-health-care-law It's the hottest ticket in Washington, D.C. Even the flossiest lawyers in town can't get a seat. Senators, congressmen, Cabinet and White House officials are all vying for a place.<p>At the U.S. Supreme Court, people have been lining up for days, waiting to hear this week's historic oral arguments on President Obama's health care law. The arguments will last for six hours over a three-day period, the longest argument in more than 40 years.<p>The court has boiled the arguments down into four questions. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3650 at http://wrti.org 4 Questions That Could Make Or Break The Health Care Law A Legal Guide To The Health Care Arguments http://wrti.org/post/legal-guide-health-care-arguments <strong></strong>As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments over President Obama's health care overhaul this week, we take a look at the questions at stake each day.<p><strong>Monday: Can the courts even rule on the constitutionality of the law right now?</strong><p>Federal law bars individuals from challenging a tax in court before they pay it. The penalty for failure to have health insurance is levied on individual tax returns. But it does not kick in until 2015. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 10:03:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3625 at http://wrti.org A Legal Guide To The Health Care Arguments The Legal Wunderkind Challenging The Health Law http://wrti.org/post/legal-wunderkind-challenging-health-law Paul Clement is, quite simply, a walking superlative. A wunderkind who at age 34 became deputy solicitor general and then was promoted to the top spot, solicitor general of the United States, becoming the youngest person to hold that post in more than a century. Now 45, he has argued an astonishing 57 cases before the Supreme Court, more than any other lawyer since 2000. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:06:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3585 at http://wrti.org The Legal Wunderkind Challenging The Health Law The Man Behind The Defense Of Obama's Health Law http://wrti.org/post/man-behind-defense-obamas-health-law At 54, Don Verrilli Jr. stands tall and calm in the Supreme Court chamber, his salt and pepper mustache the only thing about him that bristles. His deep, baritone voice suggests to the justices that he is the essence of reasonableness. There are no histrionics. Indeed, if he gets backed into a corner, his voice just gets deeper. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:05:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3520 at http://wrti.org The Man Behind The Defense Of Obama's Health Law Supreme Court: Property Owners Can Challenge EPA http://wrti.org/post/supreme-court-property-owners-can-challenge-epa The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of an Idaho couple who were prevented from building their dream home after the Environmental Protection Agency barred them from building on their land. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:56:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg & Steven Chen 3502 at http://wrti.org Supreme Court: Property Owners Can Challenge EPA High Court Expands Defendants' Plea Bargain Rights http://wrti.org/post/high-court-expands-defendants-plea-bargain-rights For the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that defendants have a constitutional right to effective assistance of counsel in plea bargains. In a 5-4 decision Wednesday, the court went further, declaring that when a lawyer acts unethically or gives clearly wrong advice, the defendant may be entitled to a second chance at accepting a plea offer.<p>The court's ruling came in two cases. In one, Missouri college student Galin Frye was charged with a felony for a fourth offense of driving with a revoked license. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:02:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3497 at http://wrti.org High Court Expands Defendants' Plea Bargain Rights Confronting The VP May Be Impolite. Is It A Crime? http://wrti.org/post/confronting-vp-may-be-impolite-it-crime The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case involving the arrest of a Colorado man who was thrown in jail after telling Vice President Cheney in 2006 that the Bush administration's policies in Iraq were "disgusting."<p>Environmental consultant Steven Howards is suing the Secret Service agents who arrested him, contending that the arrest violated his First Amendment rights because it was nothing more than retaliation for the views he expressed to the vice president. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:07:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 3459 at http://wrti.org Confronting The VP May Be Impolite. Is It A Crime?