May 25

A Short History of Judicial Filibusters: Partisanship Run Amok



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In this piece, originally published on May 20th by the Huffington Post, Geoffrey R. Stone explains the filibuster in the context of judicial confirmations. Stone is a 2010 – 11 visiting scholar at the National Constitution Center and the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. He will be… [Continue Reading]



May 24

Top 10 constitutional questions to answer before the world ends



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Just in case the world ends during the next doomsday we created a bucket list of 10 constitutional questions we wish we would settle before Judgment Day.



May 23

Um…there was an election last week?



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Low voter turnout can provide an opportunity for special interest groups to wield more influence among other things. Why do primary elections have such low turnout?



May 20

NEW GALLUP POLL SHOWS A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS NOW FAVOR LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE



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For the first time since it began tracking the issue, the Gallup Poll has found that a majority (53%) of Americans now support same sex marriage. The poll shows a dramatic shift from fifteen years ago, when two-thirds were in opposition. The change, which demonstrated a nine percent gain in support over last year, was,… [Continue Reading]



May 19

The Daily Show: Watch Trustee Richard Beeman on Separation of Church and State [VIDEO]



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National Constitution Center Trustee and University of Pennsylvania Professor Richard Beeman was the featured guest on last night’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about the separation of church and state. Teacher’s corner Here is the text of the Fourteenth Amendment and a discussion on the incorporation doctrine in which the Supreme Court has… [Continue Reading]



May 19

Redistricting, Gerrymandering and the Constitution



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As you probably learned in school, redistricting occurs every 10 years as congressional boundaries are redrawn after the Census. What you may have forgotten is that it’s required by the Constitution.



May 18

Should Congress pass a law preventing smartphone data from being used by private companies? [VIDEO]



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Apple and Google were in the congressional hot seat last week over the issue of mobile phone privacy.



May 18

PJP FELLOW RELEASED FROM CUSTODY



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The Daily Beast is reporting this morning that Dorothy Parvaz, the Al Jazeera English reporter and 2009 PJP Fellow who was seized by Syrian authorities 19 days ago, has been released by Iran, where she had been sent by the Syrians after they claimed she was traveling on an expired Iranian passport. Parvaz, who used… [Continue Reading]



May 18

Osama bin Laden captured: What’s next in the ‘War on Terror?’



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In announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed, President Obama told the American people that “we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values… [Continue Reading]



May 18

The John Scopes trial: when monkeys go on trial



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It was 86 years ago last week when a high school biology teacher named John Scopes got arrested for teaching evolution in his classroom.