Tag: Constitution (US)

Liberty and Slavery Have Always Been Wrapped Up With Each Other

I am just one of many contributors to The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project and can’t claim to speak for it. But I have found the reaction to the project — or at least, one specific set of reactions — very revealing and worthy of a little analysis. The stated aim of the project […]

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Electoral College Members Can Defy Voters’ Wishes, Court Rules

In a ruling that kicks at the foundation of how America chooses presidents, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said members of the Electoral College, who cast the actual votes for president, may choose whomever they please regardless of a state’s popular vote. The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th […]

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Trump Administration Drops Proposal to Cut Foreign Aid After Intense Debate

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday rejected a proposal from budget hawks in the administration to curb foreign aid spending after objections from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and lawmakers from both parties, officials briefed on the decision said. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which since 2017 has been led by Mick […]

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Mitch McConnell: The Filibuster Plays a Crucial Role in Our Constitutional Order

“You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.” That was my warning to Senate Democrats in November 2013. Their leader, Harry Reid, had just persuaded them to trample longstanding Senate rules and precedents. Now that some Democrats are proposing further radical changes to the Senate’s functioning, it is instructive […]

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The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts

WASHINGTON — Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms […]

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Mueller Testimony Deepens Democratic Divide on Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III’s long-awaited testimony has inflamed divisions among Democrats over impeachment, with some senior lawmakers pushing on Thursday to begin formal impeachment hearings soon, and vulnerable moderates pleading that the party needed to rest its case against President Trump. Liberal House members who have been agitating for impeachment were buoyed by […]

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Ilhan Omar: It Is Not Enough to Condemn Trump’s Racism

Throughout history, demagogues have used state power to target minority communities and political enemies, often culminating in state violence. Today, we face that threat in our own country, where the president of the United States is using the influence of our highest office to mount racist attacks on communities across the land. In recent weeks, […]

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With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes

There are just three simple yes-or-no questions Congress should ask Robert Mueller: Mr. Mueller, the president said your report found, in his words, “no collusion, no obstruction, complete and total exoneration.” First, did your report find there was no collusion? Second, did your report find there was no obstruction? Third, did your report give the […]

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A ‘Train Wreck’ Was Averted at the Supreme Court, but for How Long?

The poison emanating from the White House in recent days has been so overwhelming that it’s hard to remember that something else held the country in thrall just a week ago: the prospect that President Trump would defy the Supreme Court and insist on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. There’s a strong […]

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John Paul Stevens Dissented Until the End

Most Supreme Court justices keep a low profile after retiring from the bench. The court is the most opaque institution in American government, and its members go to lengths to keep it that way. They avoid weighing in publicly on live legal questions, and they rarely, if ever, criticize the work of the court’s current […]

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Federal Appeals Court Rules for Trump in Emoluments Case

WASHINGTON — In a legal victory for President Trump, a federal appeals court panel on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that profits earned by his Washington hotel while he is in office violate the Constitution. A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., found that the state […]

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Justice Dept. Seeks to Halt Democrats’ Suit Over Trump’s Profits in Office

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Monday asked a federal appeals court to issue an emergency order halting a lawsuit by congressional Democrats that alleges that President Trump has illegally profited from his family business while in office. In a court filing, the department’s lawyers asserted that Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States […]

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Gerrymandering and the Rising Risk of a Monopoly on Power

ImageProtesters outside the Supreme Court on Thursday.CreditCarlos Barria/Reuters At some point or another over the last decade, Democrats have won the most votes but lost national elections for the presidency, the House and the Senate. Partisan gerrymandering is just one of the reasons the Democrats are at such a disadvantage. But the Supreme Court’s decision […]

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Why the Supreme Court’s Rulings Have Profound Implications for American Politics

WASHINGTON — In two rulings that bore huge implications for American politics and governance, the Supreme Court handed Republicans a key victory by refusing to halt even the most extreme gerrymandered maps and potentially gave Democrats a win by at least delaying the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The two bitterly […]

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Supreme Court Says Constitution Does Not Bar Partisan Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the challengers opposed to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates. The vote in two cases was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. The court appeared […]

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‘Most of Government Is Unconstitutional’

On Thursday, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court called into question the whole project of modern American governance. In Gundy v. United States, which concerned the constitutionality of a law requiring the registration of sex offenders, four of the more conservative justices endorsed a controversial legal theory according to which Congress lacks the power […]

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Justices Dismiss Appeal in Virginia Racial Gerrymandering Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a challenge to the voting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates, saying that state lawmakers were not entitled to appeal a ruling striking down parts of the map on race-discrimination grounds. The Supreme Court’s action is likely to help Democrats in the 2020 election. The vote was […]

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