In a letter to two senators, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admits that Americans have been directly targeted by the NSA for surveillance.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on aggregate campaign donations April 2 by a narrow 5-4 decision. The court plurality in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, while upholding the $2,600 limit on donations to individual candidates, said wealthy political donors should be able to donate the maximum level to as many candidates as they desire.
In a joint statement issued at the U.S.-EU summit, President Obama and his fellow leaders called for enforcement of the UN's Arms Trade Treaty.
In a 9-0 decision on March 26, the Supreme Court upheld current federal law banning anyone found guilty of domestic violence from possessing a gun. The decision furthermore served to strengthen existing law, by overturning previous district court rulings interpreting the law as applying only to those convicted of “violent use of force” and stating that the ban extended to anyone who had pled guilty to even a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.
President Obama released a plan purporting to restrict the power of the NSA to collect telephone metadata.