One of the bedrocks of American society, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, is having a tough time to start June. But at least the debate over its very existence is getting a lot of publicity.
It was on a June night more than 40 years ago that Ronald Reagan started his elected career with a party nomination to face an incumbent governor. And his surprising landslide win was a sign of future victories.
Jeffrey Rosen, the CEO of the National Constitution Center and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, says President Obama should explain the reasoning behind collecting telephone call data for millions of Americans.
OK, so the federal government has access to phones records via a “secret court,” as many people learned on Thursday. But what is the court and why is it so secret?
The Obama administration is defending on Thursday an apparent secret court order that allows it access to the basic phone call information of many Americans, in an issue that raises important constitutional questions about the scope of government surveillance of private citizens.
Lyle Denniston looks at an FDA review of foods and drinks that contain caffeine consumed by younger people, and how a 100-year-old Supreme Court decision may affect its outcome.
Actress Angelina Jolie isn’t directly a part of a big Supreme Court decision arriving in the next two weeks, but her genetics will play a part in publicity about a patent case with wide-ranging implications.
Contributor Amy Feldman looks at the long-term implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow police to take DNA samples from suspects.
Jeffrey Rosen, the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, explains how Justice Antonin Scalia was at his finest in criticizing the court over its approval of DNA swabs.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has called for a special election in October to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg, averting a potential legal issue over his state’s election laws.