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Apr 16

Constitutional right to flash your head lights gains momentum



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Should a driver have the legal ability to flash their headlights as an alert to a police presence on the road? That knotty legal question is gaining momentum after a legal decision in Missouri, an Oregon ruling, and a new effort in New Jersey.



Apr 16

Ripeness is all: When can a state’s truth-declaring function be challenged?



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In this commentary, Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law looks at the Susan B. Anthony List case and why the issue of standing is critical in any law that would deter free speech during an election cycle.



Apr 15

Constitution Check: Does the Second Amendment need to be amended?



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Lyle Denniston looks at recent statements from retired Justice John Paul Stevens about limiting gun rights, and a political reality that runs counter to that idea.



Apr 15

Tax Day trivia: Why do we have the IRS (and other factoids)?



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April 15 is marked each year as the traditional day people need to file their taxes, so it’s not exactly celebrated as a holiday. But how did April 15 become the big day–and how did we get the IRS in the first place?



Apr 14

The Nevada cattle standoff and the First Amendment



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An old-fashioned standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and federal officials seems to be over now, but the event has started even more talk about the use of “First Amendment zones” at public protests.