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The Constitution This Week: Cell phones, tweets, and strip searches

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The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court’s ruling on strip searches, President Obama’s civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.

Tags: civil liberties President Obama Supreme Court

Constitution Check: Is the “Roberts Court” driven by politics?

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James Madison’s concept of the separation of powers of the national government has always been thought to be a stroke of genius because it guaranteed a good deal of independence of the three major branches so that they could check each other, to prevent tyranny.

Tags: Affordable Care Act Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission James Madison Peter Jennings Project

Constitution Check: Is there a constitutional right to “stand your ground”?

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As of now, “stand your ground” laws are a matter of state law only, but could in time provide the means to implement a right nationwide if self-defense were ultimately to emerge as a guaranteed right under the Constitution.

Tags: Angela Corey District of Columbia v. Heller George Zimmerman National Rifle Association Nicholas J. Johnson Trayvon Martin

Constitution Check: Has the time come to limit congressional terms?

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It has been 17 years since the Supreme Court ruled that the states have no authority under state law to impose term limits on those who seek seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tags: Federalism Jim DeMint Senate Conservatives Fund U.S. Term Limits U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton

Constitution Check: Can the public get access to the legal reasons for targeted killing?

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The simple fact is that, under the Constitution, the government cannot be forced to disclose internal documents of a kind that have not traditionally been made public.

Tags: ACLU Anwar Al-Awlaki Constitution Check Eric Holder Freedom of Information Act Jeh C. Johnson