Constitutional Law

From Emergency to Monopoly: Presidential War Games - Los Angeles Review of Books

JULY 23, 2017<p>THE LATE HISTORIAN Arthur Schlesinger Jr. is remembered for warning of the expansion and abuse of executive power in his classic 1973 …

They want to bust blue bubbles: Right-wing overrides of progressive local laws are on the rise

Corporations and conservative state government collusion on preemption is exploding across the country<p>We the People are being burgled. Again.<p>The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political …

Liberal POV

Venezuelans protest Maduro's plan to rewrite constitution

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Protesters rallied Saturday in the Venezuelan capital for a march toward the embattled nation's Supreme Court, chanting slogans opposing President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution.<p>Organizers hope the opposition-led demonstration will send a forceful …

Venezuela

Poland in growing row with EU over reforms to Supreme Court

Poland's ruling party on Saturday dismissed a growing wave of criticism from abroad and worries at home that an overhaul of the Supreme Court would undermine judicial independence.<p>In the early hours of Saturday senators of the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party approved a bill that would end …

European News

President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that's legal.

“The fact that we're even talking about it is a measure of how far we've fallen under Trump."<p>President Trump’s lawyers are exploring the potential uses of presidential pardons — including whether the president can pardon himself — as part of an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s …

U.S. Supreme Court

Congressman Adam Schiff Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Congressman Adam Schiff of California has introduced a joint resolution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The joint …

Government

Donald Trump is thinking of pardoning himself, which could set up a constitutional crisis

President Trump is so testy about the Russia probe that he may be testing the boundaries of his authority<p>It’s simple curiosity, that’s all. Or is it?<p>President Donald Trump has asked his aides and lawyers about the extent of his power to grant presidential pardons to aides, to family members, and …

Donald Trump

Nigeria: Fresh Suit Seeks Court Order Declaring Buhari Incapacitated

President Muhammadu Buhari.<p>Abuja — A group under the aegis of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation, on Thursday, approached the Federal High Court in …

Nigeria

The Real Role of Treason in American History

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

History

Now UC Berkeley will ensure conservative Ben Shapiro can speak on campus, will even waive venue fees

After initially saying it couldn’t find a venue on campus for Ben Shapiro’s planned speech, the University of California, Berkeley, now says it will ensure the conservative figure’s event takes place on the originally requested date and will even waive venue fees, Berkleyside reported.<p>Chancellor …

UC Berkeley

Somebody Should Sue the Hell Out of Donald Trump If He Lets Obamacare Collapse

For years, Republicans complained that President Obama was a “lawless” president, engaging in executive actions or inactions that did violence to the …

Ugandan police arrests dozens over presidential age limit protest

Police in Uganda have arrested at least 53 people including an opposition leader, for demonstrating against a plan to amend the constitution and …

Africa

Letting Obamacare Fail Would Break Trump's Oath

It's a violation of the Constitution to intentionally kill a valid law.<p>Having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump is now stating openly that his plan is to let Obamacare fail instead. 1 Although the end result may be the same, there’s a vast difference between these two …

ObamaCare

Why the second American Revolution deserves as much attention as the first

Not many of the people who toasted the American Revolution on July 4 will gather Wednesday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of a key moment in the Second American Revolution: the long-forgotten Third Military Reconstruction Act passed on July 19, 1867.<p>It is not hard to see why people celebrate …

History

Can Karnataka have its own flag? No provision in Constitution that prohibits states from doing so

Watch Full Video<p>The Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka constituted a nine-member committee on Tuesday to design a state flag and look …

India

Bob Brown tried to change the constitution to save dual citizens

Way back in 1998, newly arrived Greens parliamentarian <b>Bob Brown</b> moved a private members' bill in the Federal Senate to amend Section 44 of the …

Scott Ludlam

Presidents get sick and die. What happens next hasn't always been clear

Harry Truman became president in 1945 after Franklin Roosevelt’s death on April 12, one month into his historic fourth term. Photo by Getty …

Harry S. Truman

In Unofficial Vote, Venezuelans Overwhelmingly Reject Constitutional Rewrite

Just two weeks before an election to decide the delegates who will rewrite Venezuela's national constitution, opposition activists held a symbolic vote of their own on Sunday. In the nonbinding referendum, roughly 98 percent of voters rejected President Nicolas Maduro's plan to replace the …

Venezuela

Is Donald Trump Crazy? No, but This 25th Amendment Talk Is.

Donald Trump is all kinds of dangerous, sure. But the 25th Amendment was aimed at situations of total disability, not puerile immaturity.<p>An article of impeachment introduced last week charges President Donald Trump with obstructing the investigation of his campaign’s possible collusion with Putin’s …

Donald Trump

Couillard wants to talk about his constitutional document with other premiers

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard has contacted several of his counterparts to discuss his constitutional initiative and says he wants to raise the …

Canada

RE-BRANDING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION: AN OLD BOOK GETS A NEW LOOK

For 230 years the US Constitution has helped protect the rights of the American people by defining the framework of our federal government. But in that time it also has become a political football, and as such gets kicked around a lot. Pundits and politicians cite their fervent adherence to the …

Library of Congress

Americans Should Impeach Presidents More Often.

Impeachment talk in the nation's capital rose from a murmur to a dull roar in mid-May, thanks to a week jam-packed with Nixonesque "White House …

House Judiciary Committee

Australia doesn't have a constitutional right protecting freedom of the person – it needs one

The recent wrongful detention of two Australian citizens by immigration authorities highlights that our Constitution offers inadequate protection for …

Rights & Freedoms

Is the Electoral College constitutional? | Opinion

<i>Quora Questions are part of a partnership between</i> Newsweek <i>and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora</i> …

Electoral College

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the First Amendment to Twitter — Boy, Does Twitter Explain It Right Back

It's probably not a good idea for famous astrophysicists who aren't also Constitutional scholars to preach about the latter on Twitter — particularly …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

ABC Smears Christians Who Believe in 1st Amendment

ABC News’ Pete Madden and Erin Galloway smeared Christians who believe the Bill of Rights secures religious liberty as a “hate group,” in an article …

First Amendment

Round of UN Syria talks closes with rivals trading blame

Author: AFP<p>The latest round of Syria peace talks wound down Friday with rival sides trading familiar soundbites as the UN envoy maintained his push …

Syria

Back to the Future: Universalizing Resistance, Democratizing Power

Laura BonhamEvery year to celebrate Independence Day, I watch the film 1776, based on the hit Broadway play. It is centered on the writing of the …

Liberal POV

Yes, Trump Can Accept Gifts

On Friday, President Trump will celebrate Bastille Day in Paris to reaffirm “America’s strong ties of friendship with France.” More than two centuries ago, the storming of the Bastille was commemorated when the Marquis de Lafayette, then a French government official, gave President George …

Martin Van Buren

Bit-O-History: Morris and Morris — the Founding Fathers time forgot

Given the popularity of our Independence Day tribute to the history of the Revolutionary War, we have decided to run a series of short posts about events in world history that you might not be familiar with. These posts are not intended to be exhaustive in any way, but rather merely to introduce …

History