Constitution Check: Is the constitutionality of the “war on terrorism” a settled issue?

Ten years have passed since the U.S. government opened the military detention facility at the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, symbolizing an energetic effort to round up suspected terrorists. Perhaps a decade might have been long enough for the constitutional issues over war-on-terrorism policies to get settled. That hasn’t happened, though.

President and CEO? Beware of the “Businessman in Chief”

Back in the early 1970s, a professor at the Harvard Business School introduced a public sector case study for class discussion: the students were asked to analyze the paper flow in the office of then-senator Ted Kennedy.

The Constitution This Week: Affirmative action, gay marriage, 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, […]

The athletic dream team you’ve never heard of

On June 4, 1967, a cadre of America’s most outstanding African American athletes gathered in the offices of the Black Economic Union in Cleveland, Ohio. Although the meeting took place in the offices of an organization dedicated to increasing economic opportunities, money was not on the agenda.

Constitution Check: Is affirmative action in college admissions doomed?

In a continuing series of posts, Lyle Denniston provides responses based on the Constitution and its history to public statements about the meaning of the Constitution and what duties it imposes or rights it protects. Today’s topic: the future of college admissions policies based on race. The statement at issue: “I think it’s ominous. It […]

The cry of “we the people” is a simple one: Leave us alone!

What so many opponents of the Affordable Care Act find offensive is the idea that you have to do something because the government tells you that you have to when freedom to so many Americans has traditionally been understood to mean being left to our own devices.

A new look at Citizens United

As tens of millions of dollars of money (much of it probably from corporations) flows often secretly into this year’s presidential and congressional campaigns–and as efforts to stop that flow seem frustrated–the U.S. Supreme Court has just signaled that it may take another look at its part in that situation.