The controversy over a public display in Florida that features a Nativity scene and a Festivus pole has taken a new turn, after an application from satanic followers was denied by a state official.
Lyle Denniston looks at the broader implications of this week’s district court’s ruling on the NSA’s phone surveillance policy’s constitutionality.
The publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense caused a sensation in early1776 as it explained the need for freedom. But it was a second series of pamphlets published on December 19 of that year that inspire a huge American military victory.
The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen says that Judge Richard Leon’s decision about NSA programs probably violating the Constitution shows a flaw in Obama administration arguments about a 1979 Supreme Court decision.
President Barack Obama is releasing a critical report today about the National Security Agency that calls for more than 40 major reforms, after parts of the report were leaked to the press last week.
A big Supreme Court decision next year could influence a precedent, the Plastic Reindeer Rule, that has limited the use of religious symbols like nativity scenes in public places.
On December 18, 1944, the Supreme Court announced one of its most shocking decisions ever. The Korematsu decision is still controversial, since it allowed the federal government to detain a person based on their race during a wartime situation.
Lyle Denniston looks at the long-term implications of a federal court ruling in Utah that permits reality TV star Kody Brown to practice religious cohabitation with multiple women.
Kody Brown, the star of the TV series Sister Wives, has won a key legal battle in his constitutional fight to Utah’s bigamy statute. The question now is if Brown’s case will make it to the highest court in the land.
The National Security Agency’s massive program to collect basic phone information about Americans is probably unconstitutional, a federal judge said in a decision he expects to be appealed.