Jan 17

Full text of President Obama’s speech on the NSA



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Here is the full text of remarks made by President Barack Obama at the Justice Department on January 17, 2014 about the National Security Agency.



Jan 17

Obama’s NSA speech could make few people happy



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President Barack Obama will speak to the nation on Friday about proposed changes to National Security Agency programs that conduct surveillance on Americans. But it’s expected his remarks will get criticism from both sides on the issue.



Jan 17

Ben Franklin’s best inventions and innovations



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In his day, Benjamin Franklin was Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Mark Zuckerberg, and Henry Ford, all rolled into one. Here’s a look at his most enduring innovations and inventions on January 17, Ben’s birthday.



Jan 16

Happy birthday (kind of) to the 18th Amendment!



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It was on this day in 1919 that the Constitution gained a new amendment. However, the 18th Amendment, which made Prohibition the law of the land, had a short shelf life, since it was repealed in the early 1930s.



Jan 16

New budget gives some relief to federal court system



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As Congress is poised to vote on and approve a $1.1 trillion budget deal, one of the biggest losers in a compromise between Republicans and Democrats appears to be the federal court system.



Jan 16

Combating terrorism in a democracy: The American experience



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The following remarks were given by Mark L. Wolf, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts, in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 30, 2013, at an international symposium on “The Balance Between Freedom in Security in Fighting Terrorism,” organized by the Justice Academy of Turkey.



Jan 15

Constitution Hall Pass: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw himself as a servant of humanity and wanted his life to be remembered as a life of service to others. Watch this video about his life and Dr. King’s use of nonviolence to demonstrate service to others.



Jan 14

Podcast: A debate over presidential appointment powers



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Elizabeth B. Wydra from the Constitutional Accountability Center and Michael D. Ramsey from the University of San Diego join the National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen for a detailed audio discussion about the limits of presidential power in the Noel Canning case.



Jan 14

Update: Supreme Court rules in Daimler Alien Tort case



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A unanimous Supreme Court said on Tuesday that DaimlerChrysler can’t be sued in district court in California for acts that happened during Argentina’s “dirty war” in the 1970s.



Jan 14

Constitution Check: Can the federal government decide who is legally married?



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Lyle Denniston says it is by no means clear that a state can wipe out already performed same-sex marriages that occurred within a window of opportunity when a state ban was not in effect.