Lyle Denniston looks at a growing debate about Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ power to select judges who sit on a top-secret court – a power assigned to him by Congress.
A new movie called “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” is already generating a lot of buzz about its portrayal of the Civil Rights movement, and a key scene features the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Doug Kendall and Mei-Wah Lee from the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s role as the originalist foil to Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
As the U.S. Senate continues to debate a national law to protect journalists from protecting their sources, two Senators believe unpaid bloggers and websites like WikiLeaks shouldn’t get extended First Amendment protections.
With the Senate and House getting ready for an August recess, with little progress on important legislation, some critics say politicians should stay in D.C. And that begs a bigger question: How much vacation do politicians get anyway?
Four significant events on Wednesday have pushed the public debate about government surveillance and Internet privacy to new levels—and have led to new questions about the NSA and its spying activities.
Lyle Denniston looks at the current movement in the legal system to determine if and how the Constitution protects the information on your own cellphone.
Formerly classified government documents on phone surveillance, released on the eve of a Senate hearing, show that Justice Department and the NSA took safeguards to protect phone and e-mail records, but there were “compliance issues” in bulk data-collection programs.
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Private Bradley Manning faced 21 charges in his court-martial, but it was one specific charge – aiding the enemy—that became the focus of months of coverage by a concerned media.