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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.
  • Are Online Threats Protected Speech or Criminal Activity?
    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.
  • Here's Why President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration is Constitutional
    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.
  • Voter ID Laws Disenfranchise Millions by Tackling Non-Existent Problem
    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.
  • Welcome to the 21st Century Version of Jim Crow
    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.
  • The Supreme Court's Judicial Activism role in Campaign Finance Reform
    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.
  • Georgia's "Guns Everywhere" Bill
    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.
  • The Federal Income Tax: A Patriotic Duty For a Better America
    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.

Amendments to the Constitution3500100
Bill of Rights329271
1st AmendmentFreedom of Speech, Religion & Press19018
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 arms2998117
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 punishment28
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...9613
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...739
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 succession201
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
  • Attorney General William Barr just attempted a “mine-is-bigger-than-yours” power play in an ongoing government lawsuit with Twitter. The move pits national security directly against the First Amendment, and the impending drama promises to be high.
  • President Trump is preparing to issue his first veto in office, with Congress poised to pass a resolution rejecting his national emergency declaration along the southern border. So far, Mr. Trump has been one of the most restrained presidents in modern history when it comes to issuing vetoes.
  • House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to block the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump issued to fund his long-sought wall along the U.S-Mexico border. The move sets up a fight that could result in Trump’s first veto. It starts the clock on a constitutional clash between Trump and Democrats and sets up a vote by the full House as soon as next week.
  • The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs’ $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.
  • The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs’ $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.
  • 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.

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