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Can the police use GPS to spy on you? Supreme Court leaves big questions unanswered

The Supreme Court said Monday that GPS tracking is unconstitutional. But what about cell phones, email or Facebook? The court left those questions unanswered.

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Are we becoming a police state? Five things that have civil liberties advocates nervous

A bill passed by the Senate last week would allow the military to detain American citizens indefinitely. The bill is just one of many that has civil liberties advocates worried.

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Jon Meacham: Allow non-native Americans to run for president

Jon Meacham explains the reasoning behind the Framers’ decision to allow only native-born Americans to run for president, and argues that it’s time to repeal that part of the Constitution.

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The State of the Union

President Obama will deliver his second State of the Union speech this evening. Here are five things you need to know about the annual address.

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  Need to Know, August 13, 2010

This week on Need to Know: An epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. Is the Google-Verizon a deal a pact for good, or evil? And Andy Borowitz takes a cue from JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater.

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  In perspective: Dred Scott and the Fourteenth Amendment

Jon Meacham explores the roots of the Fourteenth Amendment in light of recent efforts by Republican lawmakers to end birthright citizenship in the U.S.

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Senate confirms Elena Kagan, as same-sex marriage debate looms

The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan, only the fourth woman in history to serve on the Supreme Court. But the moment was overshadowed by Wednesday’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

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Supreme Court agrees to hear death row inmate’s civil rights case

Attorneys for Hank Skinner have argued that prosecutors violated his rights by denying him access to evidence recovered from the crime scene.

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Essay: Thurgood Marshall and the ‘flawed document’

Alison Stewart discusses former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s mentor and one-time candidate for removal from Texas social studies textbooks.

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