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Do the World's 232 Million Migrants Have Constitutional Rights?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 10.26.2015 | World
Dr. Jody Heymann

While the Syrian refugee crisis is currently capturing the world's attention, it reflects a much broader trend of increasing migration worldwide.

Answering the Supreme Court's Critics: The Court Should Do More, Not Less, to Enforce the Constitution

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The Supreme Court is under attack. The Court is less popular that it has been in decades. Politicians have called for curbing the Court, proposing measures to strip the Court's jurisdiction and subject justices to periodic retention elections.

Presidential Election: Crying (Tears of Hope) for you, Argentina

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Jesica L. Santos

On October 25, Argentinians will go the polls to elect their next democratic president who, for the first time since 2003, won't have "Kirchner" as a last name. But the choice Argentinians will really be making concerns not an individual but, rather, the type of country they want to recover.

Texas: Neutering Democracy

David Morris | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
David Morris

In Texas liberty trumps democracy. The Texas Supreme Court itself says so. This year the legislature de-listed student IDs but added a new form of ID that would gladly be accepted: a handgun license.

I Declare Young Citizens Full and Equal Partners in 'We the People'

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Anyone familiar with my own view -- considered, alas, "radical" (not in a good way) by many adults, including many so-called progressive -- knows that I maintain that our millions of citizens under age 18 should have equal right to self-determination, and be given equal opportunity to achieve that.

Do You Have a Family Constitution?

Avidan Milevsky | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Avidan Milevsky

The amount of time and energy we place on talking about the constitution seems to gain greater importance as we see how other societies not privileged to have a unified code descent into chaos. When a group of people are not governed by a cohesive set of rules, anarchy ensues.

Another Tea Party Assault on Democracy

Carl Pope | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Tea Party wing of the House Republican party is seeking changes in the rules and procedures. Changes designed to strip the Speaker of the ability to assemble a majority within the House and enable that majority to govern. They cloak their demands in the language of bottom-up democracy. But their complaints about John Boehner's leadership give away the game. 

The Constitution Does Not Give 'Crazies' or Republicans the Right to Bear Arms

Alan Singer | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Alan Singer

The United States Constitution needs to be seen as a guideline for decision-making, not a restrictive 18th century template that prevents all government action forevermore.

Ninth Circuit Strikes a Blow Against Civil Forfeiture Abuse

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Protecting innocent property owners from overreaching law enforcement requires the abolition of civil forfeiture altogether. Until that occurs, judicial engagement is essential to ensuring innocent property owners get the legal assistance they need to force the government to play by the rules and give back what is rightfully theirs.

Indian Economic Blockade on Nepal

Subhash Ghimire | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Subhash Ghimire

The message from New Delhi seems to be that the economic blockade on Nepal will be completely lifted only when the demands of the protesting Madheshis and Tharus, especially on province demarcations, are met. This is the reason it is sending essential supplies into Nepal in fits and starts.

Climate-Denying Rep. Wants To Investigate Scientists For Requesting A Probe Of Climate Deniers

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

Republicans love to reference the Constitution. But when it comes to climate science, one GOP congressman is flirting with disregard for the Fir...

Yes, Judicial Engagement IS Winning Over Conservatives: A Response to Professor Ramsey

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Are conservatives truly revisiting their longstanding commitment to judicial restraint, or are liberals merely flogging a narrative of right-wing radicalism to advance their own ends?

Angles in America: How Immigrants can Save Our Union

Jason Shulman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Jason Shulman

Welcoming immigrants should, from this point of view, be seen as a kind of tonic that brings democracy back to its roots, roots which always involve the struggle to assimilate, change, enlarge frontiers both physical, philosophical and social.

Nepal's New Constitution Leads Region in LGBTI Rights

Tracy Fehr | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Tracy Fehr

In the midst of earthquake reconstruction and political violence in the country's south, Nepal's new constitution provides a reason for many citizens to celebrate -- particularly its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community.

Money in Politics in California: Let the Voters Have Their Say

Tom Donnelly | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Donnelly

Proposition 49 is an attempt by the California state legislature to use the state ballot to solicit the views of California voters on an important topic of public concern -- whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United. Will the Justices let California voters have their say?

New York Times Reporter Discovers Judicial Engagement, Fears for Big Government

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Time was, left-leaning legal scholars and commentators called for the courts to actively enforce individual rights against overbearing majorities. Today, some among them would prefer that judges largely stay out of the way--and they're worried that an increasing number of conservatives do not agree with them.

Cooper v. Aaron and Judicial Authority: Lessons From Little Rock

Evan Bernick | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

This week marks the anniversary of a decision that has stirred debate about the constitutional role of the judiciary for more than half a century. In a remarkable opinion signed by each of its nine members, the Supreme Court in Cooper v. Aaron (1958) stated that public officials in Little Rock, Arkansas, were required to implement a desegregation plan.

Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

Will Someone Please Point Out Ben Carson's Religious Hypocrisy?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ben Carson is trying to portray his stance on Muslims and Sharia law as defending the United States Constitution. But by making the argument for the separation of mosque and state but not church and state, he is showing his own hypocrisy.

Why Do Conservatives Hate the Conservative Supreme Court?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

It is ironic, bordering on demagogic, how Republicans pick and choose what parts of the constitution they fetishize!

Constitution 101 for Presidents

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

As the presidential campaign heats up, our candidates need a refresher course in the U.S. Constitution to counter our German visitor's assessment. After all, the president's job description is to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

No, Chief Justice Roberts' Judicial Restraint Isn't Admirable

Evan Bernick | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In a word, no. The judiciary is not an exceptional, deviant institution in an otherwise pure democracy. The Constitution is pervasively countermajoritarian. It protects Americans against majority tyranny by providing that the government may act only when it has the authority to do so and by explicitly protecting individual rights.

Carson's Far Right Christian Attack on the Constitution

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

There is no ambiguity in Carson's statements during his Meet the Press interview on September 20. He's clearly stated his belief that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with the Constitution.

Yes There Is a Constitutional Separation of Church and State

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Perhaps nothing is more important to American politics than a well-reasoned debate. Unfortunately, far too many people are ill-informed to make such discussions possible.

Nepal To Adopt Its First Full Democratic Charter

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.19.2015 | World

KATHMANDU, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Nepal will adopt its first full democratic charter on Sunday, a historic step for a nation that has seen war, a palace...