The 2009-2010 session of the U.S. Supreme Court officially kicks off today and NPR launched a cool interactive feature with summaries of the major court cases facing the new bench. One highlighted case has the potential to topple much of the national campaign financing legislation built up over the past century. In fact, the Court convened a special early hearing in September to listen to the preliminary arguments of this case. Other cases before the Court include the pitting of media freedoms against the ethics of animal cruelty as well as tough and timely decisions around exceptionalism in financial regulations.
— Norah Mallaney