Mar 14

Constitution Check: Does the president have a duty to defend every law?



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Lyle Denniston looks at the constitutional argument that a president has to defend in court a law passed by Congress, even if the president thinks the law in unjust.



Mar 12

Constitution Check: Could the president legally order a drone strike inside the U.S.?



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Lyle Denniston looks at due process and the public debate over the president’s authority to use drones as a weapon within the U.S.



Mar 7

Constitution Check: Does it violate the First Amendment for the president to bypass the press?



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Lyle Denniston looks at the Bob Woodward controversy, and if President Obama’s administration is testing the First Amendment in its relationship with journalists.



Mar 5

Constitution Check: Is the right to vote an “entitlement”?



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Lyle Denniston looks at a provocative comment from Associate Justice Antonin Scalia about racial entitlements, and what it means in the broader scope of constitutional and congressional history.



Mar 1

A not-so-ambitious challenge to Proposition 8



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Lyle Denniston has read the brief filed by the Obama administration urging the Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage. And one important factor could be what the brief doesn’t say in its 32 pages.