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Should Women’s Rights Be In The Constitution? Equal Rights Amendments Gets Big Push After Me Too Movement

Equal Rights Amendment advocates are taking the MeToo movement to new heights.<p>As more women come forward with their sexual assault stories, Equal …

A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech

Here’s the problem with suggesting that upsetting speech warrants “safe spaces,” or otherwise conflating mere words with physical assault: If speech is violence, then violence becomes a justifiable response to speech.<p>Just ask college students. A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use …

Censorship

Cake Is His ‘Art.’ So Can He Deny One to a Gay Couple?

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips bakes beautiful cakes, and it is not a stretch to call him an artist. Five years ago, in a decision that has led to a Supreme Court showdown, he refused to use his skills to make a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, saying it would violate his Christian …

Equality

Ending DACA could royally screw up the Census. That's a problem for the GOP.

In 2012, the White House, under President Obama, urged undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors to declare their presence. In …

The Declaration of Independence: in plain speech and for our own time

You’ll find this Declaration of Independence to be modeled almost exactly upon the original, only in plain speech. And despite being modeled upon the …

Declaration Of Independence

Creating a Constitution

In Warrantless Cellphone Search Case, It's the Trump Administration vs. the 4th Amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments sometime in its coming term in one of the most significant Fourth Amendment cases in years.At issue …

Surveillance

Trump and Manafort get big reminder that pardon power does not extend to state crimes

Politico reported Wednesday that New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman is now working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the probe of financial transactions involving Paul Manafort, a story independently confirmed by The Washington Post by a source familiar with the investigation.<p>…

Donald Trump

Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship

The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early …

Why Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio Follows Law, Yet Challenges It

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio was characteristically unconventional. It came late on a Friday night as a hurricane bore down on Texas. It concerned a crime some said was particularly ill-suited to clemency, and it was not the product of the care and deliberation that …

Joe Arpaio

Can I Use This Photo on Social Media? Understanding Image Copyright

Has this ever happened to you? You’re crafting a social social media post. You’ve nailed the message you want to convey. You know that your post …

Copyright

Is Violence Ever Acceptable in the Face of Hate Groups? - NBC News

Richard Cohen, President of The Southern Poverty Law Center, and Mark Bray, Author, “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” debate the tactics used by white nationalist counter-protesters.

Racism

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

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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> …

Constitutional Law

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

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. …

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. …

Steve Daines

Democracy Requires a Patriotic Education

The Athenians knew it. Jefferson knew it. Somehow we have forgotten: Civic devotion, instilled at school, is essential to a good society.<p>Adapted from remarks by Yale University historian and professor emeritus Donald Kagan at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., Sept. 18, a talk based in part …

Education

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

Essential online resources for Constitution Day

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