Feb 10

Holder’s same-sex marriage move heats up separation of powers debate



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Attorney Eric Holder is making sweeping changes about how the federal government extends rights to legally married same-sex couples, in areas where the federal government has jurisdiction. The move should add more fuel to the debate over the roles of the executive, Congress and the states in deciding social issues.



Feb 10

10th Amendment: Rights Reserved to States or People



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As part of the National Constitution Center’s 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, we take a look at the 10th Amendment, which says that powers not delegated to the federal government remains with the states or the people.



Feb 9

Ninth Amendment: Non-Enumerated Rights Retained by People



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The Ninth Amendment is a constitutional safety net intended to make clear that individuals have other fundamental rights, in addition to those listed in the First through Eighth Amendments.



Feb 8

Eighth Amendment: Excess Bail or Fines, Cruel and Unusual Punishment



Posted 2 months, 11 days ago.

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Today, the National Constitution Center profiles the Eighth Amendment as part of our 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project.



Feb 7

Seventh Amendment: Common Law Suits And Jury Trials



Posted 2 months, 12 days ago.

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As part of the National Constitution Center’s 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, each day we will look at a constitutional amendment. Today, we profile the Seventh Amendment, which extends the right to a jury trial to federal civil cases.



Feb 7

A legal victory for drones warrants a Fourth Amendment discussion



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A recent legal decision in North Dakota that used evidence against an American citizen using a drone – and gathered without a warrant – raises some interesting arguments about the Fourth Amendment in the 21st century.



Feb 7

Video: Executive power in a time of war



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Chris Edelson of American University and Lou Fisher of the Constitution Project join National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen to examine if the President’s evolving power to take military action without a formal Congressional war declaration.



Feb 6

Does the Constitution need part of the Declaration of Independence attached?



Posted 2 months, 13 days ago.

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As part of a series called Constitution Café, moderator Chris Phillips is asking some thought-provoking questions about foundational constitutional issues. First up: Should part of the Declaration of Independence be incorporated into the Constitution?



Feb 6

Sixth Amendment: Jury Trials In Criminal Cases



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As part of the National Constitution Center’s 27 Amendments (In 27 Days) project, each day we will look at a constitutional amendment. Today, we profile the Sixth Amendment.



Feb 6

Constitution Check: What does it mean that there is a right to “bear” guns?



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Lyle Denniston looks at two Second Amendment cases under consideration at the Supreme Court later this month that would clarify questions posed by the National Rifle Association.