Justice Byron R. White served on the Supreme Court for 31 years, but now, a decade after his death, he remains something of an enigma. A blunt, often irascible man, he turned out to be considerably more conservative than expected when appointed by President John F. Kennedy, and left a legacy that is in many […]
How’s this for a creative writing prompt: “If I were the devil, I would ____.” Lately, this concept seems to hold particular allure.
It may be that, when the Supreme Court rules on state power to monitor and restrict the activities of people who have entered the U.S. illegally and remain without permission, the Justices will give states additional authority.
UPDATE: Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson discussed compromise and Congressional gridlock with Andrea Mitchell at the National Constitution Center on May 2. Listen to the full podcast: Is compromise a dirty word? Speaker John Boehner spoke for many politicians running for office when he declared “I reject the word.” In the past, political leaders in […]
Here’s a brief look at the top constitutional news stories and commentaries from this week: Immigration, VP picks, and Myanmar.
There’s a now famous speech by the late college basketball coach and motivational speaker Jim Valvano that suggests that we should do three things every day: “laugh, think, and be moved to tears.”
It will take five votes on the Supreme Court for Arizona to get permission to start enforcing key parts of its tough new immigration control law–S.B. 1070–and those votes appeared to be within reach on Wednesday.
In a continuing series of posts, David Thornburgh explores the tools and techniques public leaders use to get things done and move more than just a slim majority of a decision-making body to a conclusion. A few weeks ago, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published a blow-by-blow account of President Barack Obama and House […]
As voters in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Connecticut go to the polls for today’s primaries, the National Constitution Center is premiering a full ticket of onsite and online programming to inspire citizens of all ages to understand and participate in the voting process.
If you plan to exercise your right to vote this Tuesday chances are you’ll be making special arrangements to avoid missing any work, school or other weekday obligations.