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August 17, 2006
A MAJOR DEFEAT FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION in the NSA communications intercept case, as District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor finds the program unconstitutional. No doubt it will be appealed, but the Bush Administration, in its usual summer slump, doesn't need any more bad news right now.
UPDATE: Eugene Volokh offers a somewhat skeptical take on the opinion. And several readers think that the timing is actually good for the Bush Administration, as it brings this issue front-and-center during the runup to the elections.