Jan 10

So who can argue a case in front of the Supreme Court?



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On Monday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell will be one of three people allowed to argue a case before the Supreme Court. So how unusual is it for a non-lawyer to appear before the nine Justices?



Jan 9

Thomas Paine: The original publishing viral superstar



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On January 9, 1776, the publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense became the first viral mass communications event in America, an event so big that it still rivals today’s blockbuster movies and books.



Jan 9

Constitution Check: Are there no limits on Second Amendment rights?



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Lyle Denniston looks at some recent quotes about restricted rights from gun owners, which show conflict over the Second Amendment even among people on the same side of the issue.



Jan 8

Secretary Gates’ book ignites another Washington debate



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Advance reviews of former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ book has Washington talking about public policy and the people who make it, including some pointed words about the Obama administration and harsher comments about Congress.



Jan 8

Can the nation’s capital really be moved to Nebraska?



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A senate candidate in Nebraska is running tongue-in-cheek TV ads asking for the nation’s capital to be moved from Washington, D.C., to his home state. But is that a constitutional reality?



Jan 7

The Constitution in 2014: Election rules



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In this fifth and final article in a series, Lyle Denniston explores the constitutional issues that will influence the conduct of federal elections in 2014. Earlier articles in this series covered the war on terrorism, abortion, health care and same-sex marriage.



Jan 7

Aereo case heads to a behind-doors Supreme Court session



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A case that could revolutionize how and where you watch basic broadcast TV programs gets its first look in the Supreme Court on Friday, in a private conference held by the nine Justices.



Jan 6

A pre-emptive Snowden pardon seems against the odds



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The New York Times and the Guardian want President Obama to grant clemency or a pardon to Edward Snowden. However, that seems like a long shot even though it is within the President’s constitutional powers.



Jan 6

Out of the thicket: Three approaches to overcoming gerrymandering



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David W. Wise says the new technology could be a tool for the courts to use to even the playing field when it comes to gerrymandering and elections.



Jan 3

Federal courts continue warnings about budget and the Sixth Amendment



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As a new year starts, the Chief Justice of the United States and top officials in the federal court system continue to warn about budget cuts that will make it harder for people to have access to public defenders.