by Judge Timothy K. Lewis Nineteen years ago, in the fall of 1992, I was nominated by President George H. W. Bush for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. My confirmation hearing lasted one hour. In fact, I had no time to prepare for it. As a federal […]
A presidential address to a joint session of Congress can change the course of history.
The legislative process created by the Constitution is based on majority rule. But constitutional ideals are not always backed up by constitutional mandates.
Congress is back from recess today. See how their summer stacks up against a famous summer long ago.
European leaders, concerned about the growing fiscal crisis on that continent are examining the structure of the European Union, specifically the constitutional provision requiring decisions on many issues of importance to be determined by a unanimous vote of the member nations. That repeats the mistake of America’s first governing document, the Articles of Confederation, that […]
Test your history knowledge. Just remember, no cheating!
To our Fellows, and all other interested journalists, I suggest that you do what I did a few hours ago. I examined the news from the past week or so and came up with dozens of stories that have constitutional implications. Take a look at five of them… 1) “This is all about safety, not […]
“History is bunk,” pronounced Henry Ford in an expression that was widely appreciated in his era and in eras since. So you have to admire the members of the Tea Party, if only for their earnest attempts to reverse Americans’ aversion to the past by injecting “history” into the public dialogue. This is a movement […]
How did smallpox impact the American Revolution?
Today Washington would have been diagnosed with a form of strep throat. In 1799, it killed him.