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Q&A: Supreme Court bows to the moment with first streaming arguments

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is about to go where it has never gone before. And the country will get to listen in live.

The court will hear its first-ever argument by telephone Monday, opening a two-week remote session that includes disputes over subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records. The justices are allowing live audio broadcasts, another novelty for a court that under less-dire circumstances treasures its precedents and traditions.

The 10 phone arguments, a concession to the coronavirus outbreak, will offer a public window into the court’s operations at a time when they are far from normal. The justices will be using unfamiliar technology and a new questioning format, while perhaps wondering how it will be perceived by a live audience that could include a tweeting president. […]

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