Working at the National Constitution Center, the Constitution Daily writers all pay probably more attention to news items relating to the Constitution than most folks. So when this story came to our attention last month, we were fascinated by Maryland’s belated attention to the 17th Amendment.
President Obama and his aides are continuing to struggle over ways to avoid violations of religious doctrine (mainly, Roman Catholic dogma) as they move to implement a provision in the new federal health care law requiring health insurance coverage of birth control for employees.
One of the most common misperceptions about my nation is that democracy was forced on an unwilling population by the West after the defeat of the Taliban in 2001. This is not true.
The most visible robotic project right now is the use of drone aircraft. Unmanned vehicles are the wave of the future. In fact, the aerospace industry has essentially stopped all research and development on manned aircraft.
Last week the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made headlines with its ruling that striking down Prop 8, the voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage in California.
I like Adam Liptak a lot—in fact, he and my brother were classmates at Yale Law School, during my first three years on the faculty there. But I think Liptak’s article in The New York Times this week, in which he argued that the United States Constitution’s global influence is declining, is off base.
Here’s a brief look at the top constitutional news stories and commentaries from this week.
U.S. student Gaberiel Nieto makes his first audio slideshow chronicling the story of one student’s struggle to overcome life in a violent neighborhood through poetry.
The language of rights, and especially of constitutional rights, is sometimes not used with precision. More can be claimed by a simple suggestion that rights exist than is, in fact, true.
Catto and his soon-to-be-wife, Caroline Le Count, campaigned aggressively for the desegregation of the transportation network by sitting on the streetcars and refusing to move.