2011 PJP Fellow Andrew Hedlund asks: Does the mere imposition of a debt ceiling violate the 14th Amendment?
Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment asserts that “the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law…shall not be questioned.” So, does President Obama really need to get Congressional approval to raise the debt ceiling? Andrew Hedlund, a 2009 PJP Fellow and a student at Arizona State University, published this discussion… [Continue Reading]
“Which pledge is most important… the pledge to uphold your oath to the Constitution of the United States or a pledge from a special interest group who claims to speak for all American conservatives when, in fact, they really don’t? The fact is we have enormous urgent problems in front of us that have to… [Continue Reading]
Of Reality Shows, Polygamy, Sodomy and the Constitution When, in 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that intimate, consensual sexual activities were protected by the the due process clause of the 14th amendment, invalidating a Texas law prohibiting sodomy, Justice Antonin Scalia, in dissent, wrote that if legislatures were now to be banned from enacting laws… [Continue Reading]
The July 4 issue of TIME magazine has stirred a hornet’s nest of controversy. Here’s your opportunity to tell us what you think.
Veteran Supreme Court correspondent Lyle Denniston—the Center’s new Advisor on Constitutional Literacy and blog contributor—presented a colorful insider’s perspective on the Supreme Court’s recently concluded term to a capacity crowd.