Nov 14

Constitution Check: Does the government have authority to ban trans fat?

Posted 5 months, 7 days ago.


Lyle Denniston looks at the legal reasoning behind the FDA’s decision to ban foods with trans fats, which dates back to a 1911 Supreme Court decision about the fate of 130 cans of preserved eggs.

Nov 12

Constitution Check: Is devotion to the Constitution destroying democracy?

Posted 5 months, 9 days ago.


Lyle Denniston looks at a claim that interpreting an old document, like the U.S. Constitution, is a doomed attempt to apply outdated legal principles.

Nov 7

Constitution Check: Is the Court going to add to religious disharmony?

Posted 5 months, 14 days ago.


Lyle Denniston looks at the Supreme Court’s deliberations over a highly publicized public prayer case, and why a formula may well be quite elusive for the Court.

Nov 6

Constitution Check: Would a new U.S. constitution cure Washington gridlock?

Posted 5 months, 15 days ago.


Lyle Denniston looks at an online editorial that considers dumping the Constitution after last month’s gridlock, and if the Constitution can lead us back to a functioning government.

Oct 31

The Constitution Outside the Courts: Senator Patrick Leahy

Posted 5 months, 21 days ago.


Lyle Denniston looks at Senator Patrick Leahy’s efforts to influence the constitutional conversation about the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, by seeking more accountability for its actions.