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Federal court: 4th Amendment standard does not always apply to mobile phone location data

Law enforcement can still be required to obtain a search warrant for access to citizens’ mobile phone location data, but police need not uphold the traditional Fourth Amendment standard of “probable cause” in the process of such an investigation, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. While civil liberties groups which…

AP analysis: ‘Birth tourism’ a tiny portion of immigrant babies

Republicans are pushing for congressional hearings to consider changing the nation’s 14th Amendment to deny children of illegal immigrants the automatic citizenship the Constitution guarantees. They say foreign-born women are taking advantage of a constitutional amendment meant to guarantee the rights of freed slaves, and paint a picture of pregnant…

Republicans hot, cold on Constitution, depending on what’s at stake

Republican Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia won his seat in Congress campaigning as a strict defender of the Constitution. He carries a copy in his pocket and is particularly fond of invoking the Second Amendment right to bear arms. But it turns out there are parts of the document he…

Palin defends Dr. Laura over N-word rant: ‘Be thankful for her voice, America’

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Wednesday defended Laura Schlessinger, the radio host whose recent racially-charged remarks to a black caller led her to announce the end of her program. “Dr. Laura,” as she is best-known, created an uproar after using the N-word eleven times during a conversation…

Dr. Laura to end radio show, blames ‘Media Matters’

Dr. Laura plans to end radio show to ‘regain 1st Amendment rights’ after using N-word on-air. Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the talk show host who recently apologized for saying the N-word 11 times to a caller on the air, said Tuesday she plans to give up her radio show when her…

49% of Americans support repealing birthright citizenship: CNN poll

As leading Republicans signal support for rescinding the Constitutional guarantee of US citizenship to those born in America, a new CNN poll finds that 49 percent of the American public would favor doing so. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed opposed the idea when asked, “Would you favor or oppose a…

US Senate passes ‘libel tourism’ bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate on Monday passed a bill to shield US journalists, authors, and publishers from “libel tourists” who file suit in countries where they expect to get the most favorable ruling. The popular legislation headed to the House of Representatives, which was expected to approve it and…

Federal judge declares nation-wide gay marriage ban unconstitutional

A U.S. district judge in Boston, Massachusetts declared Thursday in two separate rulings that a nation-wide ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it prohibits individual states from defining what marriage is and is not. In one decision, U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro, according to a breaking Associated Press report,…

‘Out of Afghanistan Caucus’ pledges to keep voting ‘no, no, no’ on war funds

A group of US lawmakers allied with the White House called Thursday for an end to the Afghan war, labeling it an unwinnable drain on US “blood and treasure” and comparing it to Vietnam. “Every dollar spent and every life wasted in Vietnam was just that: A waste,” said Democratic…

Senior US lawmakers go after ‘libel tourism’ with journalist shield bill

Senior US lawmakers unveiled legislation Tuesday to shield US journalists, authors and publishers from “libel tourists” who file suit in countries where they expect to get the most favorable ruling. “England, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia and Singapore are just a few of the countries whose weak libel protections have attracted libel…

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