In the final round of hearings in a Supreme Court term that has seemed closely linked to the 2012 election campaign, the Supreme Court turns its attention this week to the emotional subject of immigration controls.
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The Constitution in the news this week: cell phone tracking, teens on Twitter, the Supreme Court’s ruling on strip searches, President Obama’s civics lesson, and same-sex couples on immigration.
James Madison’s concept of the separation of powers of the national government has always been thought to be a stroke of genius because it guaranteed a good deal of independence of the three major branches so that they could check each other, to prevent tyranny.
The want of a central authority over commercial affairs was one of the major weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and a central animating purpose behind the Constitutional Convention that convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787.
Where, one may ask, will a Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stand in history?