Mar 11

Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues?



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Lyle Denniston looks at a recent free speech case involving students and why the Supreme Court itself has never deviated from the teaching moment that was the Tinker decision.



Mar 6

Constitution Check: Does a 1994 diplomatic agreement commit the U.S. to defend Ukraine?



Posted 1 month, 13 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston looks at the Budapest Memorandum, a 1994 deal between the U.S., Britain and Russia about Ukraine, which wasn’t ratified by the U.S. Senate but may become a factor in the crisis there.



Mar 4

Constitution Check: Can Washington control local public schools’ messages about junk food?



Posted 1 month, 15 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston looks at an interesting question: Do public schools have a First Amendment right to allow “unhealthy” food ads on school grounds?



Feb 27

Constitution Check: Do journalists have a right to keep their sources secret?



Posted 1 month, 20 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston looks at a rising chance that the Supreme Court might be persuaded to redefine privileges sought by reporters seeking to protect their sources.



Feb 25

Constitution Check: Must government lawyers defend laws they deem to be invalid?



Posted 1 month, 22 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston looks at why some state attorneys general and the Attorney General of the United States have chosen not to defend some laws on the books, specifically in relation to same-sex marriages.