Steven L. Schwarcz from Duke Law examines the consequences, both economic and legal, of a “technical” U.S. debt default, and why such a default today would be devastating.
The Constitute website from the Comparative Constitutions Project and Google Ideas has sparked a lot of news coverage in the past week. Zachary Elkins, one of the three scholars behind Constitute, takes us inside the process of looking at all the world’s constitutions, at once.
Lyle Denniston explains how a New Jersey judge’s decision provides a potential legal template for other courts in other states to decide marriage-equality questions.
While the Supreme Court will operate as usual, for now, during the partial federal government shutdown, the rest of the federal court system will face a cash crunch in less than two weeks.
The official launch of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was rocky at best on Tuesday. But a bevy of court challenges pose some potentially formidable obstacles for the gigantic federal-state program.
In the shadow of a government shutdown, President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is set in motion today with the opening of health insurance exchanges. Here’s a roundup of the best tools and resources to help you make sense of Obamacare and what it might mean for you.
In this commentary, Chris Edelson from American University says Abraham Lincoln’s message to Congress in 1861 about accepting election outcomes is still relevant today.
Lyle Denniston looks at the question of a constitutional obligation to avoid a partial federal government shutdown, and how James Madison would view the situation
Some very popular government websites, including the ultra-cute Giant Panda Cam, will go offline on Tuesday if Congress can’t cut a budget deal. Also going AWOL: NASA TV and the brand-new online annotated Constitution.
The National Constitution Center, a private, non-profit institution located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, will remain open, should the federal government go into partial shutdown.