Surveillance reform: President Obama this morning will deliver a speech at the U.S. Department of Justice that outlines reform of government surveillance efforts. Obama is expected to announce an overhaul of the controversial National Security Agency bulk phone data collection program. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden and Mark Udall wrote an op-ed for POLITICO trumpeting the push to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Voting rights: Federal lawmakers Thursday unveiled their effort to fix the Voting Rights Act following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gutted a key provision, The National Law Journal reports. Coverage in NPR here, and USA Today here.
Cell phone searches: The U.S. Supreme Court today could announce whether the justices will review the scope of Fourth Amendment protection concerning police searches of cell phones. The Associated Press reports: "The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that police don't need a search warrant to look through anything a person is carrying when arrested. But that was long before smartphones gave people the ability to take with them the equivalent of millions of pages of documents or thousands of photographs."