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Feb 23

Constitution Check: Is affirmative action in college admissions doomed?



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In a continuing series of posts, Lyle Denniston provides responses based on the Constitution and its history to public statements about the meaning of the Constitution and what duties it imposes or rights it protects. Today’s topic: the future of college admissions policies based on race. The statement at issue: “I think it’s ominous. It… [Continue Reading]



Feb 23

The cry of “we the people” is a simple one: Leave us alone!



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What so many opponents of the Affordable Care Act find offensive is the idea that you have to do something because the government tells you that you have to when freedom to so many Americans has traditionally been understood to mean being left to our own devices.



Feb 22

Rally ‘Round the Flag



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For two years, black men had tried to enlist in the US Army to help win the battle against slavery. At last they could, in the brand new United States Colored Troops.



Feb 21

A new look at Citizens United



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As tens of millions of dollars of money (much of it probably from corporations) flows often secretly into this year’s presidential and congressional campaigns–and as efforts to stop that flow seem frustrated–the U.S. Supreme Court has just signaled that it may take another look at its part in that situation.



Feb 21

Pitchers, catchers…and signers report: a Founding Fathers baseball dream team



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If the framers of the Constitution were a baseball team, who would they be and what position would they play?