It was 69 years ago today that the Supreme Court handed down the Korematsu decision, which validated putting American citizens in internment camps during wartime conditions – based on their race or ethnicity.
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Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a petition on its way to the Supreme about birthright citizenship for American Samoans – which could have broader implications.
December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a big step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.
As the December holiday season gets underway, it’s time for the annual debate over religious symbols appearing on public property. And this year, a nativity scene in several prominent locations will be replaced or joined by a Festivus pole and a Founding Fathers nativity.
The Supreme Court arguments in the Fisher affirmative action case were contentious on Wednesday, and as anticipated, Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely be the deciding vote in a potential landmark decision.