Tag: Constitutional Amendments

Congressional Democrats to Revive Equal Rights Amendment Push

Democrats, buoyed by their party’s electoral sweep in Virginia this week, plan on Friday to revive the Equal Rights Amendment in Congress, embarking on what they hope is a final push to add the nearly century-old measure to enshrine equality of the sexes into the Constitution. Representative Jerrold Nadler, the New York Democrat who is […]

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The Big Problem With Wealth Taxes

Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled a new wealth tax proposal last week that she says will raise — along with her previously announced wealth tax plan — $3.75 trillion over the next decade. Senator Bernie Sanders says his wealth tax will yield $4.35 trillion over the same period. We fear these figures are vast overestimates. The […]

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Impeachment Does Not ‘Overturn’ an Election

As House Democrats ramp up their impeachment investigation into President Trump, an increasingly vocal charge from the president’s supporters (and the White House) is that the House is attempting to “overturn” the results of the 2016 election. The charge is that impeaching and removing an elected president is illegitimate because it is anti-democratic — because […]

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What Reconstruction-Era Laws Can Teach Our Democracy

THE SECOND FOUNDINGHow the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the ConstitutionBy Eric Foner Why does the brief period known as Reconstruction, a century and a half ago, still influence the state of the Union so heavily? As the eminent historian Eric Foner explains in “The Second Founding,” the failure of the United States “to build […]

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The Lost Promise of Reconstruction

Among the unanticipated consequences of the election of Donald Trump has been a surge of interest in post-Civil War Reconstruction, when this country first attempted to construct an interracial democracy, and in the restoration of white supremacy that followed. Many Americans feel that we are living at a time like the end of the 19th […]

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Blackbeard’s Ship Heads to Supreme Court in a Battle Over Another Sort of Piracy

WASHINGTON — A little more than 300 years ago, the pirate Blackbeard captured a French merchant vessel, renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge, armed it with 40 cannons and used it to pursue his calling of pillage and plunder. In November, the Supreme Court will consider a case arising from the discovery of the ship’s wreckage […]

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Why Are Florida Republicans So Afraid of People Voting?

Coral Nichols will be eligible to vote when she’s 190. That’s assuming the 40-year-old Floridian — who served five years in prison for fraud and embezzlement, followed by nearly 10 years on probation — is able to keep up with her $100 monthly restitution payments. Jermaine Miller thought he had fully repaid the $223.80 he […]

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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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