of an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group
The decision, by a 5-to-4 vote that divided along
ideological lines, probably means the Supreme Court will never rule on the constitutionality of that 2008 law.
an impressive display
More broadly, the ruling illustrated how hard it is to mount court challenges to a wide
array of antiterrorism measures, including renditions of terrorism suspects to foreign countries and targeted killings using drones, in light of the combination of government secrecy and judicial doctrines limiting access to the courts.
close observation of a person or group
The plaintiffs’ fear that they would be subject to
surveillance in the future was too speculative to establish standing, he wrote.
make oneself subject to
“They cannot manufacture standing by
incurring costs in anticipation of nonimminent harms,” he wrote of the plaintiffs.
modified for the better
After The New York Times disclosed the program in 2005 and questions were raised about its constitutionality, Congress in 2008
amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, granting broad power to the executive branch to conduct surveillance aimed at persons overseas without an individual warrant.
offensive to the mind
abhorrent that President Obama is releasing criminals into our communities to promote his political agenda on sequestration,” said Mr. Goodlatte, who, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is running the House hearings on immigration reform.
deprive of freedom; take into confinement
“As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its
detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” the agency’s spokeswoman, Gillian M. Christensen, said in a statement.
terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end
Mr. Bernanke, like many critics of sequestration, said the government could not ignore the need to reduce its annual deficits and
curtail the growth of its debt.
Congress and the administration, he said, should “introduce these cuts more gradually and
compensate with larger and more sustained cuts in the future.”
a grant paid by a government to an enterprise
He said Congress should focus instead on cuts to military spending, farm
subsidies and health care programs like Medicare that he regarded as ripe for reductions.