Apr 2

Supreme Court ends overall campaign finance limits



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Chief Justice John Roberts and four other justices have ruled in the McCutcheon campaign financing case, with the majority striking down general limits on how much money can be spent on political campaigns over a two-year period.



Apr 2

The president as emperor? The current executive power debate



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Has President Obama exceeded his constitutional power as president? Or have the president’s actions mirrored those of other past leaders? Here’s a look at the book that started the Imperial Presidency debate, back in 1973, and some ideas from its author.



Mar 31

A constitutional look at how Obamacare made it to today’s historic deadline



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Today is the final day many eligible people can enroll in health coverage for 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. As the intense political and legal battles continue, but here’s a look at the constitutional issues in play and how we got here.



Mar 28

The conflict between rap lyrics and the First Amendment



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The First Amendment’s free speech rights aren’t unlimited, and as some recent cases involving rap music artists show, rappers can be protected by that constitutional right, or face jail time for saying the wrong things.



Mar 27

Man successfully argues the Fifth in deer killing case



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In central Pennsylvania, a farmer apparently has won an expensive constitutional argument over his Fifth Amendment right to evasively answer a game warden’s questions about a recently deceased deer.