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In WikiLeaks wake, whistle-blower bill set to pass

December 1, 2010 by Dr. Steve Frank


Every day the Constitution Newswire selects the most Constitutionally relevant stories on the web. On Wednesdays, Steve Frank will recap the best of the best with links to the actual Constitution. If you would prefer a daily dose of headlines, sign up for the Constitution Newswire newsletter today.In WikiLeaks Wake, Whistle-Blower Bill Set to PassDecember 1, 2010

Congress is poised to pass a bill protecting whistle-blowers in the aftermath of this week’s release of U.S. diplomatic secrets on the WikiLeaks website. The bill, which President Obama has said he will sign, would give intelligence-agency officials a way to raise concerns within their agencies instead of disclosing classified documents. Meanwhile, government investigators are trying to track down the source of this week’s release of thousands of classified State Department documents. [In the Constitution]

Pentagon Study: Gays Could Serve in the Military With No HarmNovember 30, 2010

Debate over whether and how to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” law rekindled this week with release of a long-awaited Pentagon report, which concludes that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight. With repeal of the law already approved by the House, attention is focused on what actions the lame-duck Senate may take. [In the Constitution]

Supreme Court to Review Arizona Campaign Finance LawNovember 29, 2010

The Supreme Court this week agreed to hear a case testing the constitutionality of an Arizona law that gives extra money to publicly funded candidates who face privately funded rivals. Does the law violate the First Amendment by chilling the free-speech rights of privately financed candidates by inhibiting their fundraising and spending? Lower courts are divided on the issue. [In the Constitution]

Close Ohio Gay-Rights Vote Mirrors National DebateNovember 26, 2010

In a close referendum, voters in Bowling Green, Ohio, have passed two ordinances extending anti-discrimination protection to gays. What does the vote say about the prospects for the gay-rights movement nationally? [In the Constitution]


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