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The Constitutional Convention of 1787 featured a number of heated debates—literally. By June, framing a newer, stronger government was not the only hot topic: so was the weather. Amazingly, the delegates managed to endure an unbearably hot and humid Philadelphia summer to hammer out the Constitution, but not without some difficulty and complaints. William Samuel… [Continue Reading]
As GOP presumed nominee Mitt Romney tours overseas, talk continues about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s potential effect on the presidential race.
As we head into a fall election season with a lot of public debate about heated issues, we look at five possible ones that could get the ultimate elective test: a vote on becoming a Constitutional 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,… [Continue Reading]
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?… [Continue Reading]