Newark Liberty International Airport (John Moore/Getty Images) Newark Liberty International Airport (John Moore/Getty Images)

•  Surveillance State watch: The Department of Homeland Security wants to create a nationwide database of license plate scanners. Also, there’s new creepiness afoot at the Newark airport.

•  Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) introduces a bill that would allow the “drug czar” to tell the truth about the possible benefits of some illicit drugs. It seems a bit nutty that we’d have that law in the first place, doesn’t it?

• Also from the files of “You’d Think That Would Be Obvious,” Massachusetts is considering a law that would ban police from putting shackles or handcuffs on pregnant inmates while they’re giving birth.

•  In-depth Al Jazeera America investigation of life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

The Wisconsin state assembly passed a bill that would prohibit police agencies from investigating their own officers when they’re involved in an in-custody death. The bill now goes to the state Senate. It was inspired by the recent deaths of three unarmed Wisconsin men at the hands of police.

•  The highest state court in Massachusetts has ruled that under the state’s constitution, police must (usually) obtain a search warrant before searching a cellphone.

The U.S. Supreme Court soon will decide whether the federal government can ban you from hosting a poker game in your own home.