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May 29, 2009

by Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center

May 28, 2009

by Professor Michael Anthony Lawrence, Michigan State University College of Law. The views expressed here are his own.

May 26, 2009

Today, President Obama announced that he has selected Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to be his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing retiring Justice David Souter.

May 21, 2009

Not If the Supreme Court Shares Obama’s Vision of Federalism.

by Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center

May 20, 2009

In a bold and sweeping policy memorandum issued today, President Obama reaffirmed the critical role that state and local governments play in our constitutional system. The President’s memorandum directs executive branch officials to review every regulation adopted in the past ten years to scrub them of inappropriate preemption language.

May 19, 2009

by David H. Gans, Director of the Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Citizenship Program, Constitutional Accountability Center

May 19, 2009

Last fall, we previewed the oral argument for Ashcroft v. Iqbal, a Supreme Court case asking whether two cabinet-level officials in the Bush Administration could be held liable for alleged constitutional violations arising out of post-9/11 detention policies.

May 15, 2009

Check out this morning's article in Slate Magazine, co-authored by CAC President Doug Kendall and Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick. Here's a preview:

Isn't it time for conservatives to turn off the phony outrage over judicial empathy, given the ways they've been successfully playing to it and capitalizing on it in recent years?

May 14, 2009

The opening sentence of the Fourteenth Amendment is both sweeping and clear: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” As discussed in my recent Issue Brief, published by the American Constitution Society, the words and history of this constitutional text establish that it provides automatic citizenship—“birthright citizenship”—to anyone born in this country regardless of race, color or status of one’s parents or ancestors

May 13, 2009

Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., in a truly must read op-ed published Monday, calls for an “honest brawl” between Republicans and Democrats over the type of judge who should replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court. Dionne points to upcoming Supreme Court decisions as the backdrop for contrasting the judicial philosophies of conservatives and progressives: