Va. Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By U.S. CourtA federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
House Passes Bipartisan Bill Blocking Warrantless NSA Searches, Tech 'Backdoors'The House of Representatives passed a late-night vote on Thursday to cut funding to two of the National Security Agency’s most controversial practices: warrantless collection of Americans’ online data and the installation of surveillance “backdoors” on commercial tech products.
Law Professor To Senate: 'Outlawing Prostitution Is Unconstitutional'American University professor blasts Supreme Court rulings on campaign spending, saying the court's reasoning also means paying for sex is free speech.
Court Lifts Bar to Christian Prayer in Md. County An order that barred elected leaders of Carroll County, Maryland, from opening their public meetings with prayers invoking the name of Jesus Christ was lifted Monday by a federal judge, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly approved of Christian prayers opening town board meetings in New York state.
20 States Vote To Support Constitutional Convention For Passing Federal Balanced Budget AmendmentRepublican legislators concerned about the federal debt are trying to set up the guidelines for Alabama to participate in a state-led constitutional convention.
Judge: NSA Phone Record Collection Likely Unconstitutional In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records is likely to violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable search.
Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Wisconsin Abortion LawA federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday evening to block enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.
IRS Replaces Lerner Amid Tea Party Controversy A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner was replaced Thursday as director of the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups.
Judge Seems Skeptical of D.C. School Closure Lawsuit A District of Columbia judge seemed skeptical about a lawsuit asking him to halt the planned closure of 15 public schools, noting during a hearing that the schools students are being moved to are better performing.
Holder: Kansas Law Blocking Federal Gun Regulations UnconstitutionalU.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional and that the federal government is willing to go to court over the issue.
Federal Judge Rules FBI Letters Demanding Customer Info UnconstitutionalThey're called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They're sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.