Gingrich Makes Last Ditch Effort to Be Trump’s VP

The night before Donald Trump was set to announce his vice presidential pick, with all the reports indicating it would be Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich made what seemed to be a 13th hour case for himself as he reacted to the horrifying attack in Nice, France by proposing blatantly unconstitutional policies. … [Read more...]

Romero: ACLU Will Fight Trump on Constitution

Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, has an op-ed in the Washington Post pledging that the organization will vigorously defend the Constitution against Donald Trump's appalling policies should he be elected and put them into action. … [Read more...]

Finally, a Federal Judge Says No to Warrantless ‘Stingray’ Searches

It's been known for many years that police departments and the federal government routinely use "stingray" devices to track and record cell phones without a warrant. Finally, one federal judge has ruled out evidence gathered in this clearly unconstitutional manner. … [Read more...]

David Barton Will Never Stop Repeating a Lie

Right Wing Watch again catches David Barton repeating a lie over and over again after it's been proven to be a lie. This time it's his claim that Justice Steven Breyer admitted that the due process guarantees in the Constitution "came out of the Bible." … [Read more...]

Another Illegal Arrest for Flag ‘Desecration’

And we have another illegal arrest for flag desecration, but this time it's of a Confederate flag. And the flag belonged to someone else. It happened in Harahan, Louisiana and the woman who did it was apparently rather impaired at the time. … [Read more...]

Flag Burner Won’t Be Charged

As I knew would happen, the man from Urbana, Illinois who was arrested "for his own safety" by local police will not be charged. The prosecutor knows damn well that it would be a complete waste of time to charge and try to convict him under a law declared unconstitutional almost three decades ago. … [Read more...]

Police Arrest Man for Burning a Flag — For His Own Safety, of Course

A man from Urbana, Illinois posted a video of himself burning an American flag this weekend, which of course prompted a torrent of death threats from uber-patriot authoritarians. So the police, instead of arresting the people who made those threats, arrested him. … [Read more...]

MS AG Calls Out the ‘Religious Freedom’ Lie

A federal judge just struck down Mississippi's "religious freedom" law and the attorney general of that state, a Democrat, is calling out Republicans for the empty fear-mongering they used to justify passage of the law. In particular, he points out the lie that pastors would have to perform same-sex marriage without it. Jim Hood released this statement: … [Read more...]

Another State Abortion Law Goes Down (Temporarily, at Least)

In the wake of the Supreme Court's surprising ruling in Whole Women's Health reaffirming the central finding of Roe v Wade and overturning Texas' TRAP law, the impact in other states has been swift. The latest domino to fall, at least temporarily, is Indiana's ban on abortion on the basis of genetic abnormalities. … [Read more...]

Conservatives Suddenly Discover a Right to Privacy

For more than 50 years now, the right wing has raged against the idea that there is any such thing as a right to privacy in the Constitution. It began with Griswold v Connecticut (1965), which found that married couples had a right to purchase contraception. Now suddenly they love that right to privacy. Here's the Heritage Foundation: … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Pharmacy ‘Religious Freedom’ Case

The Supreme Court released the last orders of the 2015-2016 term on Tuesday and it included denying cert in a case out of Washington where a pharmacist challenged a state law requiring them to dispense birth control despite religious objections. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law. … [Read more...]

New Hampshire Latest State to Pass Forfeiture Reforms

New Hampshire is the latest state -- the 8th this year -- to pass reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws and I think they got it right. The new law signed by the governor there actually requires a criminal conviction in order to seize assets from a suspect. … [Read more...]