Mar 25

Constitution Check: Does the Fourth Amendment protect the privacy of telephone conversations?



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Lyle Denniston looks at recent remarks by Justice Antonin Scalia that the Fourth Amendment might not prevent the government from listening to your phone calls.



Mar 25

Another big affirmative action decision due from the Supreme Court



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The Supreme Court heard two high-profile cases last September on election financing and affirmative action. Today, we look at Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, a significant decision that could be announced soon.



Mar 24

Podcast: Will the New Mexico photography case blow up anti-discrimination laws?



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Should a company be allowed to refuse customers because of their sexual orientation? Two leading experts, Michael Dorf from Cornell Law and Richard Epstein from New York University Law, debate a very complicated issue that is before the Supreme Court.



Mar 24

Supreme Court doesn’t signal move in same-sex photography case



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The United States Supreme Court didn’t say on Monday morning if it would accept or deny a highly publicized case about a New Mexico photographer who refused to shoot a same-sex commitment ceremony, even though the Justices considered the case privately last Friday.



Mar 24

Redcoats in the out-house? Some myths behind the Third Amendment



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Could British troops evict colonists from their homes, eat their food and use their facilities? That’s not exactly true, even though generations of students have heard that story in relation to the Third Amendment.



Mar 23

Four amendments that almost made it into the Constitution



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This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of congressional approval of the Equal Rights Amendment, which almost became part of the Constitution in the 1970s. But it wasn’t the only amendment that came close.



Mar 21

Could Citizens United and a semi-colon undo Obamacare?



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Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear two cases related to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and the stakes are high for both sides. In fact, the interpretation of a semi-colon in the context of the First Amendment could play a critical role.



Mar 21

President Obama and the constitutional power to declare peace



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Chris Edelson from American University looks at President Obama’s statement that the U.S. military would remain neutral in the Ukraine controversy, and if he needed to consult with Congress before making it.



Mar 20

Supreme Court may be poised to rule on campaign financing’s future



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The Supreme Court could be ready to rule on a major case about campaign financing that follows up on its controversial Citizens United decision from 2010.



Mar 20

The Republican Party marks its 160th birthday (we think)



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On March 20, 1854, disgruntled voters met in Wisconsin to start a new political party to contest the Democrats and a third long-forgotten party. But the Republican Party’s birth is somewhat hazy in its early days.