Health care hearings – what to listen for (Part 1 of 2)

For both lawyers, most of the questions coming from the bench probably will be about Congress’s powers under the Commerce Clause, though some will explore the Necessary and Proper Clause, and at least a few questions may focus on the mandate as a form of tax.

Are voter ID laws constitutional? (And are they a good idea?)

Should states require voters to show photo identification to vote? As with just about any policy issue, there is a diversity of opinions. But perhaps the most endearing answer is one provided by a young visitor to the National Constitution Center. In response to the question, which was posed to visitors in the Center’s main […]

Rejecting Affordable Care Act is rejecting Constitution

The justices have the power to declare the law unconstitutional and thereby kill “Obamacare” before it even leaves the birthing chamber. While some believe that such an outcome would be proper, we disagree.

Presidential Madness: the Sweet 16 (part one)

Welcome to Presidential Madness Round Two. This year we’re determined to figure out which fictional commander in chief would make the best real-life president. We still have a few polls open from the previous round in our “Southeast” bracket. Go make your voice heard there before polls close tomorrow. In the meantime, here are eight […]

Who would be a better president: Jed Bartlet or Matthew Santos? (Presidential Madness – Round One)

Welcome to Presidential Madness 2012 Round One. Just like the real NCAA March Madness, our field of 32 fictional presidents will be squaring off daily to see who will advance and ultimately be crowned best fit as President of the United States. In a series of polls, we’ll answer the age-old question: does life imitate art […]

The Constitution This Week: Voter ID laws, Facebook, and contraception

News headlines, politicians, and hot-button issues come and go, but one 225-year-old document continues to emerge in our conversations about our nation’s most important questions and challenges: the Constitution. The Constitution is a big buzzword for Election 2012, and more than ever, citizens, pundits, and politicians are turning to the Constitution for answers–and sometimes ammunition, […]