Mar 3

Understanding the Constitution: Article I, Basic Legislative Powers (Section 1, 2, 3 and 4)



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As part of our look at the basics of the Constitution, we are making available the basic text of the founding document, along with the official explanations written for the Senate by the Library of Congress. Part one of this series looks at the first four sections of Article I.



Mar 3

An anniversary for the controversial Missouri Compromise



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On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 24 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.



Feb 28

Five “unusual” amendments that never made it into the Constitution



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If some folks had their way, a three-person tribunal, and not the President, would provide leadership of the “United States of Earth,” in a nation where divorce is illegal.



Feb 28

In the aftermath of SB 1062



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As part of our coverage of the Religious Freedom Act debates, we asked the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro for his thoughts in the aftermath of Governor Brewer’s veto of SB 1062.



Feb 28

Discrimination, Inc.



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David H. Gans from the Constitutional Accountability Center argues in this commentary that the recent controversy over Arizona’s proposed Religious Freedom law changes are linked to challenges to the Affordable Care Act.



Feb 27

Constitution Check: Do journalists have a right to keep their sources secret?



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Lyle Denniston looks at a rising chance that the Supreme Court might be persuaded to redefine privileges sought by reporters seeking to protect their sources.



Feb 27

How a C-grade college term paper led to a constitutional amendment



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The 27th Amendment is the most recent amendment to the Constitution, and its existence today can be traced to a college student who proposed the idea in a term paper and was given a C by his professor for the idea.



Feb 27

27th Amendment: Congressional Pay Limitation



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More than 200 years after it was proposed as part of the original Bill of Rights, this amendment prohibited members of Congress from receiving an increase in salary until after the next election had been held.



Feb 26

Arizona’s religious freedom debate and the Sherbert test



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Arizona’s outgoing governor, Jan Brewer, faces a national spotlight as she ponders signing a bill that would either protect religious freedom, or allows discrimination against gays, depending on your viewpoint. However, the debate over SB 1062 touches on some broader constitutional issues.



Feb 26

The Supreme Court rules on a home search dilemma



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Among three Supreme Court rulings handed down on Tuesday was a decision about what happens when two people can’t agree on allowing police to search a home, and one of them later consents without the other present.