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Looking back at the Church Committee

January 27, 2019 By NCC Staff

On January 27, 1975, Senator Frank Church led a new Senate committee formed to investigate allegations of U.S. government spying on its own citizens. The committee’s report laid the groundwork for today’s controversy over NSA surveillance programs.

Katz v. United States: The Fourth Amendment adapts to new technology

December 18, 2018 By Nicandro Iannacci

On December 18, 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in Katz v. United States, expanding the Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” to cover electronic wiretaps.

J. Edgar Hoover: The library clerk who became America’s ‘most-powerful man’

May 2, 2018 By NCC Staff

On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.

What Would William Howard Taft Do About Facebook?

April 24, 2018 By Jeffrey Rosen

In conjunction with his new book on William Howard Taft, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen examines how Taft would approach some of today’s biggest problems. In this post, Rosen looks at Taftian aspects of the Facebook controversy.

Could big Supreme Court case be tossed in near future?

April 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

One of the most-significant cases of the Supreme Court’s current term is on shaky ground after a new law may have settled the controversy before a judicial ruling could be issued.

Recalling the Supreme Court’s historic statement on contraception and privacy

June 7, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

It was on this day in 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case about contraception use by married couples that laid the groundwork for a constitutional “right to privacy” in the United States.

Video: Digital privacy in the 21st century

May 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Following a keynote address by National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen, leading experts consider the future of the Fourth Amendment in the digital age.

Is the American free speech consensus under attack?

May 3, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.

Podcast: Privacy, equality, and transgender students

March 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

Alexandra Brodksy of the National Women's Law Center and Gary McCaleb of the Alliance Defending Freedom discuss whether Title IX or the Constitution bans discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Both sides seek full ruling on transgender rights

March 1, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Both sides in a major Supreme Court case urged the Justices to move ahead with full review and a prompt final decision on the meaning of a key federal anti-discrimination law.

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