Dec 19

Satan worshippers denied spot next to Nativity scene



Posted 3 months, 27 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 19

Constitution Check: Is modern technology giving new life to the Fourth Amendment?



Posted 3 months, 27 days ago.

By

Lyle Denniston looks at the broader implications of this week’s district court’s ruling on the NSA’s phone surveillance policy’s constitutionality.



Dec 19

How Thomas Paine’s other pamphlet saved the Revolution



Posted 3 months, 27 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 18

Inside a judge’s ruling on the NSA’s surveillance programs



Posted 3 months, 28 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 18

Panel will tell Obama to end NSA phone record collection



Posted 3 months, 28 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 18

The Supreme Court’s thoughts on reindeer and Christmas displays



Posted 3 months, 28 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 18

Korematsu: A decision that is still questioned today



Posted 3 months, 28 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 17

Constitution Check: Is cohabitation the next constitutional right?



Posted 3 months, 29 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 17

Reality TV star may get his day in front of the Supreme Court



Posted 3 months, 29 days ago.

By

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.



Dec 16

Judge says NSA phone program violates Fourth Amendment



Posted 4 months, 0 days ago.

By

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.