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First Monday in October

Beverly Willett | Posted 11.30.2013 | Divorce
Beverly Willett

With or without the Supreme Court's blessing, Americans on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate -- even while they deliberate -- can begin the process of healing now by taking the same high road of tolerance parents demand of their children.

Congressional Republicans Violate Oath of Office

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Before taking office, each member of Congress swears a simple, straightforward oath. It leaves little room for misinterpretation. They vow to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to "faithfully discharge the duties of the office." High among those duties is paying the government's bills.

We the People('s) Dictatorship? Constitutional Politics in the United States and China

Mark Jia | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Mark Jia

The rise and resonance of constitutional advocacy discourse in China is unambiguously positive. The first step towards giving legal life to the Chinese Constitution may be to embrace its political one.

Why I Banned a Book -- Part II

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

After I wrote about the experiences of our lesson of the damaging effects of Banning a Book at Mansfield University during last year's Banned Book week, I was very encouraged that the fight against censorship and banning books was going in the right direction.

War Powers: Constitutional or Imperial Presidency

D. Robert Worley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

It is exceedingly difficult to understand how presidential war derives from a textualist or intentionalist interpretation of the Constitution. The argument is made, nonetheless.

A Good Read: The Case for the Constitution

Blake Kernen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Teen
Blake Kernen

Have you ever read the United States Constitution? It's 4,543 words long including the signatures. But after reading it, there's one thing that should be absolutely clear: We, as Americans, are the luckiest people in the world.

Elizabeth Warren Is Right

Doug Kendall | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

It's no surprise that Warren's speech has drawn fire from the right. What is surprising is the weakness of the conservative response, which, in turn, demonstrates the air-tight case Warren has made about the pro-corporate trend at the Supreme Court.

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.

You Can Beat City Hall: How We Stopped the U.S. Bombing of Syria

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

What should you do if you're the first person on the scene in an emergency? Try to stabilize the situation and call for help. Try to keep everyone alive until help arrives. The War Powers Resolution helps us keep everyone alive until help arrives.

'Know Rights or No Rights' Campaign Seeks to Educate Americans About Our Constitutional Rights

Thom Senzee | Posted 11.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Thom Senzee

A national campaign to draw the attention of young Americans, especially LGBT youth, to the Bill of Rights and the amendments to the U.S. Constitution in a fun and youthful way was recently launched on the red carpet at the 38th annual Nicky Awards.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

Legislative Looting: The Filibuster and the Founders

William D. Blake | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
William D. Blake

Designing a lasting system of democratic government required careful planning.  Thus, the debate over filibuster reform deserves more than platitudes from a middle school civics curriculum.

On Equality Day, a Call for the Equal Right to Vote

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Judith Browne Dianis

We need a constitutional amendment to ensure that every eligible American -- regardless of their race, age, gender or where they live -- enjoys a fundamental right to vote.

An Impeachment Looking for its Articles

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Republicans have already decided that President Barack Hussein Obama should be impeached -- they even claim they have the votes for it. The little det...

Fifteen Minutes of Fame and the First and Fourteenth Amendments

David Abbitt | Posted 10.22.2013 | Media
David Abbitt

At some point we have to ask ourselves: What are the costs for our increasing proclivity towards escapism in our social and news media?

Stop-and-Frisk: Why We Have Courts

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The American judiciary exists, first and foremost, to protect the constitutional rights of those who are not in the majority. It exists to ensure that our government treats all of us with respect.

A Duck Is a Duck; and a Muslim Prayer Is a Muslim Prayer

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The most important legal battle in the country was for the past few years quietly being waged here in Greece, N.Y., a small enclave near Rochester.

The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of: Part IV

Helen Davey | Posted 10.12.2013 | New York
Helen Davey

I think now of the many times I have enjoyed walking along Battery Park, never realizing this was where my grandfather -- "Father John," as he came to be known -- first set foot on this continent. He was 27 years old.

Obama's Second Term Feels Like Bush's Fourth

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Obama's slogans -- "change we can believe in" and so on -- sound like empty promises. His lofty rhetoric and certainly his Nobel Peace Prize are insults to educated people everywhere.

"The State of the States Address" Coming to a Theater Near You

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

Let us amend the federal Constitution to include a definition in its preamble that nails morality in a timely form that is automatically applied to state constitutions, and ask for such a definition with such force that the ensuing discussion becomes a component of our national discourse, and changes the state of our states.

Liberty, Security, and Fear

David Bromwich | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

"Thoughtless people," wrote Emerson, "contradict as readily the statement of perceptions as of opinions, or rather much more readily." The leaders and functionaries who in the past twelve years have imposed on the United States a massive system of secret surveillance are best looked on not as betrayers but as thoughtless people. They have forgotten the moral perceptions that were once felt to make the United States a country exemplary for its freedom. The work of this moment is to compel them to see again what people who understand liberty have never failed to see.

Finishing the Second American Revolution

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

There was a time when corporations were a creature of the state, set up and licensed to aggregate capital to achieve certain public purposes. These roles are now nearly reversed, but certain steps are needed to complete the process.

I Confess: An Open Letter to the National Security Agency

James Heffernan | Posted 09.23.2013 | Comedy
James Heffernan

I have just now learned how hard you are working to gather information about everything that Americans say on the phone and do over the Internet.

The Cancer of Racism Thrives in America

Chris Williams | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

For every person in this society to begin receiving a fair shake, each one of us has to become proactive in fighting on the side of right and not on the side of privilege.