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Why Constitutional Conservatives Should Embrace Judicial Engagement

Evan Bernick | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Senator Rand Paul has departed from the Republican presidential race--but not before offering a much-needed challenge to conservative orthodoxy concerning the Constitution and the proper role of the courts in enforcing it.

Cops Recording Your Every Move For 10 Weeks Doesn't Violate The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled it is not unconstitutional for law enforcement to set up a camera on a public utility pole and record a suspe...

Unlike Washington, Ted Cruz Hates The Constitution

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Randy Paul Oetinger

No matter what people today say about the founding fathers and the Constitution, the framers of that document would roll over in their graves if they were aware that we might elect a president who hates all three branches of the very government established by that constitution.

What If the Second Amendment Were Repealed?

Paul Heroux | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

I am a Democrat State Representative who has been endorsed by the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) of Massachusetts because my position on guns rights doesn't interfere with law abiding citizens. In my opinion, the Second Amendment is here to stay. But as constant a student of human behavior and government, I also have an inquisitive mind.

Don't Amend the Constitution, Enforce It

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The federal government has burst the confines of the Constitution, and we the people must do something about it. That's the premise of recent calls by...

SCOTUS: Is Trump's Immigration Policy More Constitutional Than Obama's?

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

From a purely legal perspective, our present immigration policy is more favorable to Donald Trump's plan to mass deport immigrants than it is to President Obama's attempts to keep families together.

Conservative National Groups Battle In The States Over Constitution Redo

Center for Public Integrity | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

This story was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity. It’s only a short phrase buried in the U.S. Constitution, bu...

Conservatives and the Constitution

Max J. Skidmore | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Max J. Skidmore

Singing their praises of the Constitution, House Republicans adopted a "requirement that every bill must cite the provision of the Constitution which permits its introduction." Surprisingly, the actual Constitution frequently makes conservatives uncomfortable.

What's to Do About ISIS?

Richard Dreyfuss | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Richard Dreyfuss

Can we bomb a movement that has no nation but definitely has a strong belief system, like we used to have? Haven't we learned that every bomb creates terrorists?

Justice Breyer Is Dying For A Case That Will Kill The Death Penalty For Good

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court gets last-minute death penalty appeals all the time, even when it's on summer recess. It seldom grants them. It refused two re...

Justice Ginsburg Leads Supreme Court Majority To Deliver Blow To Big Business

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued the first decision in a series of class action cases this term that are widely viewed a...

Multi-State Privacy Push Paves the Way for National Reform

Rachel Levinson-Waldman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Rachel Levinson-Waldman

The proposed laws focus on a range of issues, such as email and other electronic communications, employees' use of social media, cell phone trackers and license plate readers. Should these measures pass, it would send a strong signal to other states and Congress that Americans remain concerned about protecting their privacy.

Supreme Court Trashes Latest Legal Attack On Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has snubbed yet another Obamacare case. The justices on Tuesday declined to take up the latest legal challenge t...

Iowa, New Hampshire and the Disembodiment of American Foreign Policy

Edward Goldberg | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.

What Makes A Democracy Work? Where Do We Learn To Engage Civilly?

Karen Gross | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Karen Gross

A key word for the Institute is "participatory" democracy; it is even in their Mission Statement. And, the same can be said for the President's observations that democracy does not just happen; it requires people to participate by speaking up and out, by engaging in discourse with others, in voting, among other avenues.

Atheist Group Files Suit To Remove 'In God We Trust' From Currency

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

A group of atheists seeking to drop the phrase "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency filed a federal lawsuit this week in Akron, Ohio, arguing th...

True Americans

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

I studied the World War II program in the course of writing a novel about it. I learned how our great country lost its way, and about the psychological and political dynamics that make similar things happen over and over again.

Why Atheists Value Religious Freedom Day

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The idea and character of religious freedom has changed over the years, and unfortunately the change has not always been for the better. But celebrations like Religious Freedom Day can remind us of the full nature of religious freedom.

Supreme Court Could Decide Fate Of 3.5 Million Puerto Ricans

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The unlikely case of two convicted gun runners could force the Supreme Court to decide Puerto Rico's political future. During the ...

Cruz Unsettled

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Despite his best efforts to brush the issue off, all of this has to be unsettling for Ted Cruz. Perhaps he can reach out to President Obama for some advice.

A Medal for Mitsuye Endo

Kermit Roosevelt | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Kermit Roosevelt

It is more important than ever that we remember the mistakes of the past and honor those who fought against them at the time. One president took Mitsuye Endo's freedom, and that of thousands of other Americans.

Ted Cruz Is a Natural-Born Citizen

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ted Cruz is a natural-born citizen and he can be president. There is no ambiguity, no legal question. It is very clear.

Ted Cruz and the Question of 'Natural Born' Citizenship

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Megan Smolenyak

Given the ever-increasing mobility and interaction of people of all nationalities, the odds of even more perplexing scenarios will only multiply in the future, so wouldn't it be a good idea to clarify once and for all the meaning of "natural born citizen"?

My Brother Was Murdered By A Man With A Gun

Alex Schneps | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Alex Schneps

That's an easy, simple truth. It can't be politicized, analyzed or reduced to anything other than what it is: reality. My brother is dead because of a gun. You can lump him into a statistic. You can break down the circumstances. But at the end of the day, what can I really say that will call you to action?

The Founders Trusted the People, Not Religious Tests

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

One of the great innovations our founding fathers built into our Constitution was a ban on religious tests. They had seen too much. They knew history too well. They would not have their government controlled by any one religion.