President Obama may now focus on deficit

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Ruling Strikes Down Part of Arizona Voter ID Law
October 27, 2010

An Arizona law requiring voters to prove their citizenship while registering to vote has been overturned by a federal appeals court. Can states impose rules more stringent than those laid out in the National Voter Registration Act? [In the Constitution]

U.S. Department of Education Warns Some Bullying Can Violate Student Rights
October 27, 2010

Responding to what it senses is a growing problem, the U.S. Department of Education has warned schools that they may be violating students’ civil rights if they don’t take steps to combat bullying and harassment. What steps must schools take to insure a safe learning environment for their students? [In the Constitution]

President Obama Likely to Focus on Deficit in the Next Two Years
October 26, 2010

The White House is signaling that deficit reduction will rise on the administration’s policy agenda after the midterm elections. How will a new Congress figure into the president’s political calculus? [In the Constitution]

Religious Flag’s Legality Issue of Debate
October 26, 2010

Is the display of a Christian flag at a Veteran’s Memorial in a public park an endorsement of religion prohibited by the Constitution? That’s the issue dividing one North Carolina community. [In the Constitution]

Gay Adoption Ban Officially Ends in Florida, State Won’t Appeal Court Ruling
October 23, 2010

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Florida will not appeal a court ruling overturning a law that bans adoptions by gay couples. The decision not to appeal effectively ends a 33-year ban, but leaves the law’s constitutionality still in question. [In the Constitution]

Election Day Is Over for Millions of Early Voters
October 21, 2010

Democrats are casting early ballots at a faster clip than Republicans in the run-up to next Tuesday’s midterm elections. The Constitution gives the states authority over qualifications for voting, although Congress can establish procedures for casting ballots. What the early voting means for the outcome of next week’s midterm elections is still anybody’s guess. [In the Constitution]