Federalism – Supreme Court strikes down federal law against sports betting as violation of anti-commandeering rule
Separation of Powers – dismissal of appeal in Obamacare subsidy case leaves intact executive can’t spend money Congress hasn’t appropriated
State constitution figures in state lower court striking down California’s assisted suicide law as outside the scope of a legislative special session
14A Equal Protection: Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds voter ID law; protects election integrity, not an undue burden
1A: court clears release of James O’Keefe video showing teachers union attempting to secure buyout for teacher accused of touching a student; free speech trumps commercial interests at stake
Electoral College: National Popular Vote compact closing in on success with passage in Connecticut legislature; Governor expected to sign
1A: federal appeals court prevents IBEW from requiring photo ID to end union membership and stop dues payments.
1A: famous First Amendment lawyer says Euro-style ‘right to be forgotten laws censor truthful and factual speech
1A: temporary restraining order against supposedly libelous political ad in Arkansas is probably an unconstitutional prior restraint
1A: UMichigan is sued for Orwellian speech code that governs students on and off campus, enforced by ‘secret police’, public shaming, and ‘reeducation camps’
1A: guards told inmate to lie or be confined to his cell; Second Circuit rules refusing to snitch is protected 1A conduct.
1A Free Press: bill in Missouri would counteract Supreme Court ruling, grant free press rights to student journalists
2A: ignore the disarmament whisperers, the deterrent effect of an armed citizenry on a rogue government is real
2A: Gun control advocates can no longer claim tough gun laws have stopped mass shootings in Australia
4A: Supreme Court rules rental car drivers not on the contract are protected against unreasonable search & seizure in opinion that blends property rights and expectation of privacy rationales
4A: Fourth Circuit requires some individualized suspicion for forensic searches of cell phones seized at the border, going forward.
Federalism: pending bills making it a federal crime to assault a police officer seen as contrary to precedent saying federal government does not have a general power to punish violent crime
14A Equal Protection: twisted Texas law directed at polygamists seen as enhancing punishment on all married persons for sexual assault
14A Equal Protection: bail reform movement logic applied in case involving traffic fines imposed regardless of ability to pay
Economic Freedom: Arizona enacts food truck freedom law
Amendments: “Iowa Latest State to Reject Convention of the States”
Amendment proposed to abolish Article 2 Section 1 requirement President must be a natural born citizen; little different than discrimination on race or ethnicity
Ben Franklin’s famous ‘Join or Die’ snake cartoon followed a military loss to the French
Yo, @TheOnlyEdAsner! Saying rich white men can’t write a good Constitution is like saying comedy shows with rich white men can’t be funny.