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.
It now seems all but certain that part of the federal government will shut down starting on Tuesday, as Democrats and Republicans can’t reach a deal on short-term funding in Washington. So what will remain open and closed, and how long will the partial shutdown last?
Nancy Pelosi’s recent comments about using the 14th Amendment to avoid the debt ceiling aren’t new, and in fact, they invoke an extensive argument from 2011 about the Constitution and Congress.
In this commentary, Ian J. Drake from Montclair State says a move to change the Electoral College raises serious constitutional questions and would require a constitutional amendment.
Could the online blogging site Tumblr play a key role in a widely followed Supreme Court case about campaign spending limits? That’s what one prominent professor is hoping.
Jeffrey Rosen, the CEO of the National Constitution Center, says a previously secret FISA court opinion upholding the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of telephone metadata deserves more attention.
Shai Akabas and Brian Collins from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Economic Policy Project look at the high-stake risks involved in the debt-limit battle.