The federal government’s policy of detaining terrorism suspects – often challenged in court and sometimes set back by historic Supreme Court rulings – no longer seems to be under a constitutional cloud.
Is the Citizens United case actually depressing voter turnout in elections? Lyle Denniston looks at the long-term trends behind low voter numbers and which part of the government can best address the issue.
Setting up an appeal to the Supreme Court on the volatile constitutional issue of same-sex marriage, the federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reconsider a decision that nullified California’s “Proposition 8.”
Lyle Denniston looks at the outcome of the John Edwards case, and if the Constitution will tolerate the imaginative use of the criminal law to restrain political campaign donations.
Lyle Denniston looks at a theory that individual states would have to accept same-sex marriage and polygamy if courts strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.