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George Washington presiding over the signing of the Constitution in 1789George Washington presiding over the signing of the Constitution in 1789By: Howard Chandler Christy

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  • When the Senate Intelligence Committee passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act by a vote of 14 to 1, committee chairman Senator Richard Burr argued that it successfully balanced security and privacy.
  • What should happen if someone threatens to kill you on social media? Are they protected by the First Amendment right guaranteeing the right to freedom of speech, or are they breaking the law? We will soon know now the answer after the Supreme Court rules on a case that may have far reaching ramifications well beyond the single case they are hearing.
  • Five million people were just informed they don't have to worry about uprooting their entire lives and be sent back to a country they no longer call home. Five million people were just informed they will be able to come out of the shadows and not have to continue to constantly look over their shoulders.
  • What is it about a United States citizen exercising their greatest Constitutionally mandated right that scares so many Republicans? It's a question that should bother everyone on both sides of the aisle because voting is not a Republican or Democratic right, but is a right for every legal citizen in this country.
  • Six million disenfranchised citizens; voter identification laws that disproportionally affect minorities and the poor; moving polling stations, reducing early voting days, and canceling Sunday voting altogether. Welcome to the Jim Crow of the 21st Century. It's less sexy than the racist laws of the 20th Century, but it's just as dangerous.
  • In my previous blog article, Campaign Finance Reform going nowhere fast, I covered the wave of spending that followed the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United versus FEC decision.
  • Republican Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "Safe Carry Protection Act" into state law on 4/23/2014. This law is being dubbed the "guns everywhere" bill by its critics. Here are the in's and out's of this incredibly controversial law, that goes into effect on July 1st.
  • April 15th is a day that elicits a strong emotion in many of us Americans. While millions of Americans have already filed their Federal Income taxes, there are always millions more procrastinators out there who wait until the final minute to submit their paperwork. Everyone has their own reasons for doing their taxes when they do them.

SectionDescription
Amendments to the Constitution346796
Bill of Rights325968
1st AmendmentFreedom of Speech, Religion & Press17017
Establishment ClauseCongress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion00
Free Exercise ClauseCongress shall make no law... prohibiting the free exercise thereof [religion]...00
2nd AmendmentRight to bear arms2986117
3rd AmendmentProhibits the forced quartering of soldiers out of war time12
4th AmendmentProhibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based o...379
5th AmendmentSets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process,...57
6th AmendmentProtects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified...72
7th AmendmentProvides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law12
8th AmendmentProhibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment16
9th AmendmentProtects rights not enumerated in the constitution.22
10th AmendmentLimits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution103
11th AmendmentImmunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the stat...10
12th AmendmentRevises presidential election procedures11
Reconstruction AmendmentsThirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, adopted betwee...9612
13th AmendmentAbolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime142
14th AmendmentDefines citizenship, contains the Privileges or Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equ...738
15th AmendmentProhibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude91
16th AmendmentAllows the federal government to collect income tax61
17th AmendmentEstablishes the direct election of United States Senators by popular vote11
18th AmendmentProhibition of Alcohol277
19th AmendmentEstablishes women's suffrage right to vote71
20th AmendmentFixes the dates of term commencements for Congress (January 3) and the President (January 20); kno...10
21st AmendmentRepeals the Eighteenth Amendment272
22nd AmendmentLimits the president to two terms, or a maximum of 10 years131
23rd AmendmentProvides for representation of Washington, D.C. in the Electoral College00
24th AmendmentProhibits the revocation of voting rights due to the non-payment of poll taxes131
25th AmendmentCodifies the Tyler Precedent; defines the process of presidential succession200
26th AmendmentEstablishes the official voting age to be 18 years old11
27th AmendmentPrevents laws affecting Congressional salary from taking effect until the beginning of the next se...20
  • As the news broke late this afternoon, the politicos of Washington stared into their smartphones, stunned, struggling with what to make of it. TV networks cut into their regularly scheduled programming. Chyrons promising “breaking news” actually delivered it: President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey.
  • Apr 10 2017
    Divided We Fall
    It only took a week after Donald Trump’s inauguration before Democrats and the media began to warn that our democracy faces a grave and potentially fatal threat. On the second weekend of Trump’s presidency, when customs officials began enforcing his hastily imposed ban on travel from Muslim nations, Senator Cory Booker dashed out to Dulles Airport and told a crowd of protesters that the American rule of law was under assault. “I believe it’s a constitutional crisis,” Booker declared. Two days later, when Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce the ban, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer practically had the question, “Are we on the verge of a constitutional crisis?” on auto-repeat.
  • Just when you think things can’t get crazier in the new Trump Administration, they do. On Wednesday, standing beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a White House press conference, Donald Trump blamed the press, the intelligence agencies, and Hillary Clinton for the ouster of Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser.
  • Are we in a constitutional crisis? Well, no. As silly as the president declaring “SEE YOU IN COURT” in all caps on Twitter is, it’s not exactly a sign that he’s willing to bypass the judiciary altogether, which really would portend a crisis.
  • We are the only country in which guns outnumber people — a fact that came true in 2009. Yet, we keep manufacturing more and more guns.
  • The Constitution vests in the President the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. It’s a duty that I take seriously, and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead. It’s also one of the most important decisions that a President will make. Rulings handed down by the Supreme Court directly affect our economy, our security, our rights, and our daily lives.
  • In his quest to catch the Road Runner, the Coyote in the old Warner Brothers cartoons would always order supplies from the ACME Corporation, but they never performed as advertised. Either they didn’t work at all, or they blew up in his face. Which brings us to the idea of a so-called Article V convention assembled for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution, an idea currently enjoying some vogue at both ends of the political spectrum.
  • Jan 07 2016
    The Second Amendment: Original Intent
    “If every private citizen had the right to carry a musket, a thousand people would've shot Patrick Henry by now, am I right?”

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