In his daily podcast, Ron Paul said that although states have a right to secede, the practice of the principle was destroyed by the Civil War.

Four magistrates in McDowell County, North Carolina — Hilary Hollifield, Thomas Atkinson, Debbie Terrell, and Chad Johnson — have exercised their rights under a state law passed in June that that allows court officials to refuse to perform same-sex “marriages” because of conflict with their religious beliefs. 

 

At a conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, the Obama administration calls for effective enforcement of the UN Arms Trade Treaty

In December 2013 U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon ruled that the NSA's spying program that collects information on the vast majority of phone calls in the United States appears to violate the Fourth Amendment's protection against illegal search and seizure. Then in May 2014 another federal judge ruled that the program was illegal, "unprecedented and unwarranted." An appeals court has overturned those rulings and sent the whole thing back to Judge Leon. He is anxious to rule again.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a new policy regarding the way law enforcement can use cell-site simulators. The policy requires all federal law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using the devices — known as Stingrays.