As we head into a fall election season with a lot of public debate about heated issues, we look at five possible ones that could get the ultimate elective test: a vote on becoming a Constitutional amendment.
Lyle Denniston canvasses the history of the apparently unending debate—with constitutional overtones—about television broadcasting of Supreme Court proceedings. The statements at issue: “The First Amendment has nothing to do with whether we have to televise our proceedings.” – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in a comment during an interview on the cable TV network C-SPAN, […]
Today the National Constitution Center, in partnership with the Disability Pride Committee, Liberty Resources, and Vision for Equality, is commemorating ADA’s anniversary with a daylong celebration recognizing all that the disability community has accomplished in the past two decades, as well as the continued fight for civil and human rights. Not sure where to start? […]
The torch will be lit later today, ushering in the Olympic Summer Games in London. For the next 16 days, millions of sports fans and non-sports fans will support the athletes of more than 200 countries as they compete in over 300 events in 26 sports from archery to wrestling. Champions will be crowned and […]
In our At The Table series, Latvian student-participant Danja Malceva discusses her first experience in the U.S. and reconnecting with her American friends.
Today is the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The act was signed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. At his side was Justin Dart Jr., a tireless activist and leader of the disability rights movement. Dart was an advocate who was instrumental in helping to pass the ADA. […]
Lyle Denniston examines a claim that the federal Clery Act, a 21-year-old law designed to improve college campus security, is beyond Congress’s legislative powers. The federal government is now investigating whether Penn State University violated the Clery Act by failing to deal with a years-long sex scandal in its football program. The statements at issue: […]
As Mitt Romney gets ready to announce his pick for vice president, we look back at five nominees in American history who really had voters talking—or scratching their heads—at their selection. In the world of 2012 politics, vice presidential picks are carefully evaluated. The practice of vetting picks began in earnest after the election of […]
Lyle Denniston explores the new debate over attempts in Congress to force public disclosure of donors to presidential and congressional election campaigns. The statements at issue: “I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better. That’s what the First Amendment is all about. So long as the people know where speech is […]
State laws requiring identification cards for voters have raised big issues that will carry into fall election, but it could be one great-great-grandmother from Philadelphia who could help settle the issue.