Constitution Check: Does denial of TV coverage of the Supreme Court violate the First Amendment?

Lyle Denniston canvasses the history of the apparently unending debate—with constitutional overtones—about television broadcasting of Supreme Court proceedings. The statements at issue: “The First Amendment has nothing to do with whether we have to televise our proceedings.” – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in a comment during an interview on the cable TV network C-SPAN, […]

10 tips for communicating with people with disabilities

Today the National Constitution Center, in partnership with the Disability Pride Committee, Liberty Resources, and Vision for Equality, is commemorating ADA’s anniversary with a daylong celebration recognizing all that the disability community has accomplished in the past two decades, as well as the continued fight for civil and human rights. Not sure where to start? […]

Americans with Disabilities Act marks 22nd anniversary today

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The act was signed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. At his side was Justin Dart Jr., a tireless activist and leader of the disability rights movement. Dart was an advocate who was instrumental in helping to pass the ADA. […]

Constitution Check: Does Congress have the authority to require universities to monitor campus crimes?

Lyle Denniston examines a claim that the federal Clery Act, a 21-year-old law designed to improve college campus security, is beyond Congress’s legislative powers. The federal government is now investigating whether Penn State University violated the Clery Act by failing to deal with a years-long sex scandal in its football program. The statements at issue: […]

Five most dramatic vice presidential picks

As Mitt Romney gets ready to announce his pick for vice president, we look back at five nominees in American history who really had voters talking—or scratching their heads—at their selection. In the world of 2012 politics, vice presidential picks are carefully evaluated. The practice of vetting picks began in earnest after the election of […]

Constitution Check: Do political donors have a right to remain anonymous?

Lyle Denniston explores the new debate over attempts in Congress to force public disclosure of donors to presidential and congressional election campaigns. The statements at issue: “I think Thomas Jefferson would have said the more speech, the better. That’s what the First Amendment is all about. So long as the people know where speech is […]