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January 25, 2011

Bachmann's story has more shameful errors than one can recount, but the most disturbing thing about her speech is that these errors appear deliberate, in service of a whitewashed, Tea Party vision of the American founding, where the Founders could do no wrong. 

January 25, 2011

Progressives should recommit to ensuring that judges who will respect our entire Constitution, with all its progressive promise, are placed on the bench. While President Obama is unlikely to mention Citizens United again in this year's State of the Union address, he could take the opportunity to urge the Senate to take swift action to confirm his well-qualified nominees for the judicial vacancies that have been left unfilled due to political gamesmanship.

January 20, 2011

As Americans and our elected leaders engage in debate over immigration and the constitutional guarantee of citizenship at birth, there is something we should all be able to agree on:  misleading statements about constitutional history do not help us understand the Constitution better or allow us to tackle immigration reform in good faith.

January 19, 2011

If you were in the Supreme Court for this morning’s argument in FCC v. AT&T, you might have assumed that it was the first time that a Justice had found the finer points of being a squirrel relevant to a case before the High Court (as Chief Justice John Roberts did when he asked AT&T’s lawyer about the difference between the noun “squirrel” and the adjective “squirrelly”).

January 19, 2011

With House Republicans set to begin their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Dick Armey, the Republican former House Majority Leader and current chair of FreedomWorks, has some advice for the tea party Congress as its members arrive in Washington . . .. Look to the Constitution to govern your policy.”

January 18, 2011

On Wednesday, January 19, the Supreme Court will hear argument in one of the most important business cases that the Court is hearing this Term, FCC v. AT&T, a case with potential ramifications beyond the corporate sector.  In FCC, the Court will decide whether corporations are entitled to “personal privacy” under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

January 14, 2011

The 18th Amendment, however, is an outlier in the constellation of Amendments –  imposed in a fit of moralizing and immediately unpopular, it is the only Amendment that took away individual rights.

January 7, 2011

On January 7, 2011, Constitutional Accountability Center President Doug Kendall defended the constitutionality of the health care law on MSNBC Live:

January 6, 2011

On January 6, 2011, Constitutional Accountability Center Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra appeared on BBC World News and discussed the Tea Party, reading the Constitution on the House floor, and the importance of honoring the whole Constitution:

January 5, 2011

We do hope that the California Supreme Court will follow the Ninth Circuit’s lead in acting expeditiously, as with each passing day, gay men and lesbians in California continue to be denied their constitutional right to marry the person of their choice.

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