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Constitution Day

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

A Constitutional Book Drive

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Why do we have so few good options to educate ourselves about America's foundational text? And, what are the costs of this constitutional ignorance?

Failing the Sixth Amendment's Promise of Right to Counsel

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Instead of ensuring budgets for proper counsel for the poor, many states have gone the other way and slashed funding for public defenders offices. That is no way to honor, let alone uphold, a fundamental constitutional right.

Constitutional Failure

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics
Howard Schweber

I cannot think of a time when the institution of Congress itself has been so directly threatened by the actions of its members.

Atheists Celebrate 'Godless Constitution' Day

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Atheists commemorated the 226th anniversary of ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Tuesday by purchasing ads in various newspapers, calling atten...

An Open Letter to American Citizens on Constitution Day

Sandra Day O’Connor | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sandra Day O’Connor

Throughout American history, our country's greatest political and social movements have been fueled by the actions and ideas of an active and engaged citizenry.

An America As Good As Its Promise

Sen. Amy Klobuchar | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Sen. Amy Klobuchar

We can fix the Voting Rights Act, we can pass the Same-Day Registration Act and other important election reforms, and we can finish the march that Congressman Lewis and so many other brave men and women started in Selma all those years ago.

It's (Almost) September 17 -- Do You Know Where Your Constitution Is?

Laura Beth Nielsen | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Laura Beth Nielsen

On this Constitution Day, ordinary people may not think they have any say or stake in lofty constitutional matters when we talk about constitutional questions using these terms. And yet, Americans' lived experience touches on constitutional law every day.

'We the People': Celebrating Constitution Day and Registering New Voters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America's voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Today, we still have work to do to make the most out of our nation's voting system.

On This Constitution Day, a Call to Renew Our Commitment to Forming a More Perfect Union

Sen. Tom Carper | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Sen. Tom Carper

Our challenges today pale by comparison to the challenges that our Founding Fathers faced 225 years ago in drafting our Constitution.

Republicans' Voter ID Assault on Thomas Jefferson: Why Constitution Day Matters

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

As we celebrate this Constitution Day, we must be educating our citizens instead of road-blocking citizenship rights for which thousands have fought and died.

Constitution Day Honored In Philadelphia

AP | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA -- The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is putting six original drafts and copies of the Constitution of the United States on display i...

What Do You Know About the Constitution?

William E. White | Posted 11.12.2012 | Education
William E. White

Our Constitution is constantly bandied about, quoted, cited, and interpreted by every pundit from every media outlet and every political persuasion. Don't just take their word for it. What do you actually know about the Constitution? What do your children know about the Constitution?

Conservatives Seek to Celebrate the Constitution by Undermining It

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As long as conservatives believe they can win elections by changing the ground rules, the battle over voting rights will continue. And as long as conservatives are weaponizing the Constitution for political purposes, progressives must aggressively tell our own story about the Constitution.

Is Constitution Day Unconstitutional?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The academic debate over what constitutes an "unconstitutional condition" very likely will continue, and Constitution Day perhaps could serve as a debating topic to mark the day.

Our Progressive Constitution

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Today is Constitution Day. It is a day to reflect, at least for a moment, on the American Constitution and how it has helped to shape our nation over more than two centuries.

Let's Help, Not Hinder, Schools in Teaching the Constitution

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education
Caroline Fredrickson

There is a real need to improve civics education in our nation's schools, one that should be taken seriously. Constitution Day is worthy of celebration; let's help schools do so in a positive, productive manner.

How Much Do Teens Support The First Amendment?

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education

WASHINGTON — More and more teenagers these days support a bedrock of American democracy, the First Amendment. A new poll shows a sharp decline ...

The Constitution We Nearly Had

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Imagine a very different Constitution -- one where Congress could kill any state law, where a twenty-six member Senate controlled treaty-making with other nations, and where the president's veto was exercised jointly with the Supreme Court.

Justice Stephen Breyer: Enemy of Free Speech

Nathan Harden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Harden

Is Breyer so infatuated with security that he is willing trade in our basic freedoms for it? Burning a Quran is a stupid thing to do but we must not allow the illiberality of our enemies to infect our constitutional rights.

223 Years On (VIDEO)

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Abelson

Today is Constitution Day, aka Citizenship Day. A day to reflect on our extraordinary form of government, and reconnect with what it means to be an active citizen, and why it matters.

Constitution Day: Celebrate The Birth Of America With A New Illustrated Constitution (PHOTOS)

Lena Tabori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lena Tabori

The words are from our founding fathers. But the illustrations are all Sam's. He is ninety-four now and his passion for freedom is unabated. To him, the Constitution epitomizes the unique American attachment to freedom.

Constitution Day: Celebrate the Bill of Rights

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

James Madison's political courage and determination cannot be overstated. He was insistent, compelling, unyielding and ultimately triumphant.

Encore: Ron Paul Plans Online Fundraiser Next Month On Boston Tea Party Anniversary

ABC News | Z. Byron Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

resh from the success of their Gunpowder Plot themed fundraising bomb, Ron Paul supporters are doing some brainstorming. Trolling around the Ron Pa...

What John McCain Should Have Told Whoopi

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

On The View, McCain fed into the argument that conservative "originalists" overvalue the 1789 text and undervalue the Amendments.