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Friday Talking Points -- Stop All The Madness

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Stop all the madness... please. We simply have no other words to even attempt to explain or comment on all the shootings this week -- the two black men killed by cops, and the five cops killed by a racist and murderous sniper in Dallas.

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness: An American Muslim Perspective

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 07.04.2016 | Religion
Zainab Chaudry

As we celebrate America's independence, we can best express our patriotism by uniting together in steadfast solidarity against bigotry and xenophobia. That is the first step to fulfilling the promises of the Declaration of Independence, safeguarding our Constitution, and preserving the founding ideals of our nation.

Declare War On America's Enemies, Not The Rest Of The World

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress should approve future military action only when Washington has no alternative course to protect America--its territory, people, or constitutional liberties.

Constitution Center Is Alive With the Sound of Debate

Laura Goldman | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Laura Goldman

There was a time when Philadelphians and the local media were writing the obituary for the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia. The nadir might have been when the center, which is the only institution chartered by Congress to celebrate democracy's most important document, hosted a Princess Diana exhibit. With the hiring of George Washington University Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen as President and CEO, the once flagging institution has risen like a phoenix from the ashes.

Against Narrow and Hidebound Originalism: On Peruta v. San Diego and the Right to Armed Self-Defense

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Predictions of originalism's impending demise may have been premature--at least when it comes to the Second Amendment. What Professor Randy Barnett ha...

Orlando: How Our Ideology Is Killing Us

Robert Hall | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Hall

Our enemy's beliefs and connected actions threaten our safety and our way of life. Our failure to connect our beliefs to the higher purpose of constructive relationships blocks our attempts to respond with holistic, strategic action. It is time to Relationship-up!

Guns, Terrorists, And The Constitution

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If America does have a consensus that we're all basically OK with the concept of governmental blacklists, and that we further approve of curtailing constitutional rights for people on such lists, then it should be relatively easy to get the necessary votes in Congress and the statehouses.

Newt Has A Monstrously Bad Idea

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Newt Gingrich's supposed smartness is rather indiscriminate, when examined closely. Newt has what he considers 10 or 12 brilliant ideas each day, which he is in the habit of just tossing out for discussion.

Cleaning Up Trump's Mess At Home In The Wake Of The Orlando Attack

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

Trump's contention is that our differences define us and should separate us. The American narrative is the opposite, though. Our differences have made our businesses, political system, and higher education system more dynamic, innovative and strong.

Texas Lt Gov. Dan Patrick Must Resign Over Anti-LGBT Tweets in Wake of Club Shooting

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

People like Dan Patrick who encourage or in any way condone mass murder of fellow Americans they dislike or disagree with, however obliquely, are unAmerican and should not be in any position of authority in any state or community.

How Constitutional Revisions Fatten the Already Porky Leaders in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 06.12.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Constitutions are supposed to be the ultimate guarantor of citizens' rights, but cunning leaders in the former Soviet Union often manipulate them for their own ends, not the people's.

Atheist group in Kenya tests boundaries of religious tolerance

The Conversation Africa | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

P. Pratap Kumar, University of KwaZulu-Natal The disquiet among some in Kenya over the registration and formal recognition of an atheist organisation...

A Quiet Victory for the Rule of Law: Supreme Court Makes it Easier for Property Owners to Challenge Federal Regulatory Power

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

It may have seemed like a quiet decision day at the Supreme Court, with the Court issuing only one opinion in an argued case. But for those who value property rights and the rule of law, Tuesday's decision in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes is cause for celebration.

Supreme Court Rules Prosecutors Violated The Constitution When Excluding Black Jurors

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Georgia prosecutors discriminated on the basis of race when they excluded two black prospective jurors fro...

What Is So Awful About Donald Trump?

William Astore | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Put simply, Trump's prejudicial attitudes toward women, minorities, and other groups or peoples he doesn't like don't mark him as exceptional, nor does his record of flip-flops on issues, as the American people have come to expect that politicians are basically liars.

The world weighs in on Thailand's human rights

Rachael Willis | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Rachael Willis

Photo credit: UN via Flickr Any illusions that Thailand is a functioning democratic state were laid to rest last week when it appeared before the UN'...

Faithfully Executed: Obama's Immigration Plan and the Supreme Court

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas, a lawsuit brought by 26 states challenging President Obama's immigration policies. The case deals specifically with the constitutionality of the President's 2014 Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program.

Originalism Isn't Enough: Why Judicial Engagement is Essential to Constitutional Enforcement

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Calls for judges to be constrained by the Constitution's original meaning are entirely proper--and important.

Yes, The First Amendment Protects Panhandling

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Americans should not have to beg government officials' permission to speak peacefully to others. Reed ensures that they need not do so. If this be free-speech absolutism, make the most of it.

Bad Faith or Bad Principle? On Chief Justice Roberts, the Affordable Care Act and Judicial Restraint

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Judges who draw their power from Article III have a duty to exercise independent judgment in interpreting the meaning of the Constitution and the meaning of subordinate enactments.

Q&A: Burt Neuborne on "Madison's Music," a Bold New Approach to Interpreting the Constitution

The National Book Review | Posted 05.09.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: To mark Law Day, the National Book Review interviewed Burt Neuborne, the Norman Dor...

2016 Election Will Test Voter Intelligence

Murray Forseter | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Whither America? Whither the conscience and soul of America? A campaign based on negativity leavened with bombastic claims without details of how we...

Elections and Assessments -- A Citizens' View

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.03.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

In our "Bridging Differences" conversation on Education Week, Deborah Meier raised the role of "structures" in a democratic way of life in her last blog. She brings to mind my discussions with students at Lonestar Community College in Houston last week.

It's a long triple-holiday-weekend in Gdańsk!

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

Labor Day and the anniversary of Poland's entry into the European Union, Polish Flag Day, and the anniversary of the May 3rd Constitution; from Sunday...

The GOP Has Assaulted Our Constitutional System

Andy Schmookler | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The Republican Party most loudly proclaims its deep allegiance to our founding document. Yet in recent years, the leaders of the GOP have engaged in an assault on our constitutional system in ways unprecedented in American history: