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14th Amendment

Ryan Grim

Obama Quizzed On 14th Amendment At Twitter Town Hall | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a Twitter town hall Wednesday, President Obama was asked whether he would consider invoking the 14th Amendment to pay government ...

Amanda Terkel

'THAT'S CRAZY TALK' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) is rejecting one solution to the debt limit impasse being floated by Democrats that argues the president has t...

Friday Talking Points -- Excerpting Obama's Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An important debate flared this week -- one in which sides were chosen, positions staked out, and invective hurled. I will let that sentence stand in...

Ryan Grim

Chuck Schumer: 14th Amendment Option 'Certainly Worth Exploring' | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that invoking the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which states that federal debts "shall not be q...

Ryan Grim

Geithner Reads Directly From Constitution: Debt 'Shall Not Be Questioned' | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a briefing with reporters on Wednesday, President Obama was asked whether he believed that the debt ceiling was constitutional or whe...

Ryan Grim

Dems Eye Novel Solution To Debt Ceiling Crisis | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that would raise the debt ceiling, Democratic senators are revisiting a ...

Three Lessons From Brown v. Board Of Education

Eva Paterson | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Eva Paterson

As we mark the 57th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, we want to highlight three lessons we have learned from this monumental and hard-fought victory.

Is a Free Education a Fundamental Right?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.17.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

In today's America, when it comes to public education, have we allowed our five-digit zip codes to become the equivalent of a lottery ticket to a better future? Is this really who we wish to be?

Campaign to Rewrite 14th Amendment Based on Fearmongering Politics, Not Facts

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

Derided as "anchor babies" and even "terror babies," the children of today's undocumented immigrants are under attack by a coalition of state lawmakers backed by the nativist lobby.

Protecting the 14th Amendment

Eva Paterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eva Paterson

For almost 150 years, the 14th Amendment has been the backbone of civil rights law in America. Its protection of individual rights for all -- from fre...

APALA Responds to Sen. Orrin Hatch's Immigration Proposal: Time to Address Failed Immigration System

Gregory Cendana | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gregory Cendana

By Gregory Cendana & Katrina Dizon Once a strong champion for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) now looks to push for a ...

A Minor Setback for Arizona's Residents

Pablo Alvarado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Alvarado

Last week, the effort to take away the citizenship rights of Arizona's first generation children born of undocumented parents hit a wall.

Immigration Memo to Republicans: Don't Mess With the Constitution

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

The serious and necessary debate on comprehensive immigration reform has been clouded by a debate over birthright citizenship. Some Republican legislators want to redefine how we understand the 14th Amendment.


Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

When the clock, the year, and the lame duck congress all ran out, so did what the Conventional Wisdom considered President Obama's best shot at immigration reform.

Two Years Later, Mother And Child Still Separated Due To Immigration Law

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michelle Brané

In 2007, Encarnación Bail Romero, a young woman from Guatemala, was arrested and detained during an immigration raid at the Missouri poultry processing plant where she worked.

Elise Foley

GOP Senators Target Birthright Citizenship For Children Of Illegal Immigrants | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are seeking to deny birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants...

Truths and Untruths About the Constitutional Origins of Birthright Citizenship

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

As Americans and our elected leaders engage in debate over immigration and the constitutional guarantee of citizenship at birth, we should all agree that misleading statements history do not help.

GOP Hispanic Conference Highlights Deep Denial on Immigration

Frank Sharry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Sharry

Letting our immigration debate spiral even further away from real solutions would be a disaster, not just for the Republican Party, but for our nation.

In Christina's Memory, Let's Refocus on the Children

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

Of all the tragedies that befell Tucson last Saturday, the one that seemed to tear most deeply at the heart of our nation was the murder of Christina-...

Equal Justice for Whom?

Patricia Ireland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia Ireland

Apparently the omission of corporations from the First Amendment does not trouble Justice Scalia as much as the failure to mention women in the Fourteenth. What's his problem with women?

Originalist Sinner: Justice Scalia and The 14th Amendment

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

California Lawyer this week did report On Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court His shocking views on equal protection Make one wish his was a tenure su...

Elise Foley

Democrats, Women's Rights Leaders Blast Scalia Comments On 14th Amendment | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of the key women's-rights groups joined congressional Democrats at the Capitol Thursday to warn that Supreme Court Justice Anto...

Weekly Diaspora: In 2011, Birthright Citizenship in the Crosshairs

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Yesterday, a coalition of anti-immigrant lawmakers from 14 states unveiled their much-anticipated b...

Attacking the Constitution

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

A state challenge to the 14th Amendment is legislative folly at best, and a waste of precious taxpayer time and resources at worst.

Amanda Terkel

Justice Scalia: Women Don't Have Constitutional Protection Against Discrimination | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not protect against discrimination on the basis of gende...