As the Treasury Department rattled markets on Thursday with a recession warning about a potential government default, one controversial option remains off the table: raising the debt ceiling by invoking the 14th Amendment.
In the commentary, Doug Kendall and Tom Donnelly from the Constitutional Accountability Center say with both the legal left and the legal right fully engaged, the battle over the Constitution’s original meaning will be one of this term’s biggest stories in the new Supreme Court term.
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