Mar 12

Fourth Amendment law is at a crossroads



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In this commentary, Cato’s Jim Harper says the Supreme Court needs to carefully consider how police search the contents of cellphones in two huge cases the Justices will hear in April.



Mar 11

Video: Jeffrey Toobin on the “Broken Constitution”



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Is the Constitution perfect? Well-known journalist Jeffrey Toobin talks about our current dysfunctional government, and how much of the blame lies with the Constitution’s framers.



Mar 11

Video: Julia Angwin on Privacy, Security and Freedom



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Julia Angwin of Pro Publica discusses with the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data.



Mar 11

Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues?



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Lyle Denniston looks at a recent free speech case involving students and why the Supreme Court itself has never deviated from the teaching moment that was the Tinker decision.



Mar 11

Looking back at the Confederate Constitution



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On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time.



Mar 10

Snowden tells audience he was defending the Constitution



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Fugitive NSA leaker Edward Snowden told an audience in Texas on Monday, via a remote livestream from Russia, that he took a treasure trove of information about the NSA because he took an oath to defend the Constitution.



Mar 10

An important date in Supreme Court history for the press



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This Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most important decisions in Supreme Court history that affected the civil rights movement and the free speech powers of the press: the case of the New York Times v. Sullivan.



Mar 10

Supreme Court won’t hear “Boobies” bracelet case appeal



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The United States Supreme Court said today, without comment, that it won’t accept a Pennsylvania school district’s appeal in a case involving two middle school students punished for wearing “I heart Boobies” breast cancer awareness bracelets.



Mar 10

Update: How the “Boobies” case almost made it to the Supreme Court



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A widely followed case about student free speech and “I Heart Boobies” bracelets likely saw its final day in court on Monday as the Supreme Court denied a final appeal from the Easton school district, and two middle school students win their case.



Mar 7

Podcast: The past and future of health care with Ezekiel Emanuel



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Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the principal architects of President Obama’s health care reform act, talks about the future of health care with the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen