Jul 26

Constitution Check: Does Congress have the authority to require universities to monitor campus crimes?



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Lyle Denniston examines a claim that the federal Clery Act, a 21-year-old law designed to improve college campus security, is beyond Congress’s legislative powers. The federal government is now investigating whether Penn State University violated the Clery Act by failing to deal with a years-long sex scandal in its football program. The statements at issue:… [Continue Reading]



May 14

Fisher Ames: Proto-Freshman



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UPDATE: In an exclusive to Constitution Daily, bestselling author Robert Draper looks at one of the great early members of the House, Fisher Ames, who wrote a key section of the First Amendment on religion. Listen to Draper’s recent talk at the Constitution Center: (Author’s note: While doing research for my book on the House… [Continue Reading]



May 1

Constitution Check: Can a state close its borders entirely to undocumented immigrants?



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It may be that, when the Supreme Court rules on state power to monitor and restrict the activities of people who have entered the U.S. illegally and remain without permission, the Justices will give states additional authority.



Apr 26

Counting to five for S.B. 1070



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It will take five votes on the Supreme Court for Arizona to get permission to start enforcing key parts of its tough new immigration control law–S.B. 1070–and those votes appeared to be within reach on Wednesday.



Apr 23

The Court, the Constitution and the 2012 campaign: Act III



Posted 1 year, 12 months ago.

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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.