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Dusting Off the Constitution's Obscure Clauses

Get out your magnifying glass. This is the time to explore neglected nooks like the emoluments clause.<p>This became the year of the obscure, unlitigated constitutional clause. The First and 14th Amendments usually hog all the glory, and each did get a few big moments over the last year. But much more …

Americans Must Share Passcodes With Police

Phone passcodes won’t protect you from the law.<p>A new ruling over passcodes, has been handed down in Florida. The court has ruled that you must now …

The following list indicates important things NOT found in the Constitution (also political parties) #hsgovchat https://t.co/2RwC5TSWjz

Supreme Court: your right to a "speedy trial" ends when you're declared guilty

The Supreme Court unanimously decided that once a defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty to a crime, the "speedy" part of the constitutional Sixth Amendment's "right to a speedy and public trial" no longer applies.<p>"Does the Sixth Amendment’s speedy trial guarantee apply to the sentencing phase …

Bill Of Rights

Constitution Check: Are the courts the answer to partisan gridlock in Washington?

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at how state governments may feel more emboldened to sue …

Judiciary

Why the United States was Designed as a Republic

Ben Franklin famously replied when asked about the government that was created by the Constitution: <b>“A republic, if you can keep it.”</b><p><b>“Democracy ” Not</b> …

27 words: Deconstructing the Second Amendment

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's only a sentence long; 27 words that barely take up a full line on the Bill of Rights.<p><i>A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.</i><p>And yet, for years, those 27 brief words have been the …

Constitutional Law

The war between Congress and the White House

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The White House

Jan 26, 3 Branches Of Government

3 Branches Of Government - The Presidents Executive Branch, Congress Legislative branch and the U.S. Supreme Court Judicial branch have "Separation …

Constitutional Law

House sends Obama pipeline bill he's vowed to veto

WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill Wednesday that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for President Obama's first veto in the new GOP-controlled Congress.<p>The bill essentially would cut off a permit review process the administration has repeatedly delayed. …

Keystone XL

RT @JustinChristen: Cartoon for 1st day of class where we begin analyzing the Constitution. #hsgovchat http://t.co/3TwjkIm8eB

10 essential online resources for Constitution Day

With Constitution Day happening on Friday, here’s a look at 10 essential constitutional resources we use in our quest to explain and understand our …

Needed: Housing Reform That Protects Property Rights

A monumental opportunity has presented itself as Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, takes over as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Congress looks ahead on the critical issue of housing finance reform.<p>After years of tepid growth and false starts, leaders in Washington …

Housing

Rand Paul: Blame Big Government For Ferguson

The libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator said African-Americans feel “targeted” by militarized police responses, like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, over the death of teen Michael Brown.<p>Writing for <i>TIME,</i> Rand Paul—who is expected to mount a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination in …

Black Lives Matter

Congress Accepts Obama Action on Iraq – For Now

U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize air strikes in northern Iraq triggered few complaints he acted without congressional consent — a surprising acquiescence lawmakers made clear could change abruptly change if the mission expands.<p>Mr. Obama on Thursday said any U.S. airstrikes would …

United States

GAO: Bergdahl swap violated law

The Pentagon broke the law by transferring five Taliban commanders from the U.S. prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, without notifying Congress 30 days in advance, the Government Accountability Office has found.<p>In a decision released today, the GAO said the Pentagon spent $988,400 to transfer the …

Bowe Bergdahl

The Senate irritates the President

<i>This post continues our celebration of the 225th anniversary of the First Congress.</i><p>The Constitution gives the President the “power, by and with the …

10 huge Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

On the 148th anniversary of the 14th Amendment this weekend, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal …