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What Does It Mean That Pence Hired Outside Counsel?

Paul Butler and Jeffrey Rosen join Greta Van Susteren to discuss new legal questions from the Trump obstruction probe.

MSNBC, For the Record with Greta

June 15, 2017

Neil Gorsuch Hails ‘Rule of Law’ in Harvard Appearance

US Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch on Friday extolled the fact that “government can lose in its own courts” in a free society.

Boston Globe

June 04, 2017

Jeffrey Rosen Interviews Breyer, Gorsuch

National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen moderated the annual Harvard Marshall Forum on Friday with two special guests: Supreme Court associate justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch.

Roundup

June 04, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch: Rule of Law ‘a Blessing’

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch acknowledged Friday that there is "a lot of skepticism about the rule of law" in the country but defended the United States judicial system as "a blessing" and "a remarkable gift" during a talk at Harvard University.

Associated Press

June 04, 2017

Gorsuch Stresses Rule of Law, System Where ‘Government Can Lose in Its Own Courts’

With legal challenges to the Trump administration’s initiatives multiplying in federal courts, new Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch extolled the virtues of judicial independence and praised a legal system in which “government can lose in its own courts” Friday night.

Washington Post

June 04, 2017

Gorsuch Rejects Doubts Over ‘Rule of Law Today’

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, in his first public remarks since joining the Supreme Court in April, spoke forcefully on Friday about letting judges have the last word in assessing the constitutionality of government actions.

New York Times

June 04, 2017

The 25th Amendment Makes Presidential Disability a Political Question

In The Atlantic, Jeffrey Rosen explains how nothing in the 25th amendment stops the vice president, Cabinet, and Congress from determining the president is “unable" to hold office, as a political decision.

The Atlantic

May 23, 2017

Jeffrey Rosen on “Federalism for the Left and the Right”

Ilya Somin discusses National Constitution Center CEO Jeffrey Rosen's recent op ed on federalism.

The Washington Post

May 22, 2017

Federalism for the Left and the Right

Jeffrey Rosen writes for The Wall Street Journal about how people across the political spectrum are turning to states and localities to deal with contentious issues.

The Wall Street Journal

May 20, 2017

Comey’s Bombshell Memo: What’s Next

Is this sufficient grounds for impeachment? Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center and professor of law at George Washington University, answers.

WNYC, The Takeaway

May 17, 2017

A Twenty-First Century Framework for Digital Privacy

CEO Jeffrey Rosen provides an overview of the Center's white paper series and explains how breathtaking changes in technology pose challenges to privacy and security.

Lawfare

May 15, 2017

New Interactive Tool Traces the Evolution of the U.S. Constitution

TIME magazine looks at the National Constitution Center's new American Treasures interactive.

TIME

May 12, 2017

Does Comey’s Dismissal Fit the Definition of a Constitutional Crisis?

What is the best definition of a constitutional crisis? CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses the firing of FBI Director James Comey for The Atlantic.

The Atlantic

May 11, 2017

Comey’s Feverish Firing, Russia and Cuba’s Energy Dance, Breaking a Prison Pipeline

With President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, is the United States careening towards a constitutional crisis? For answers, we turn to Jeffrey Rosen

WNYC, The Takeaway

May 10, 2017

Come See Rough Drafts of History and the Constitution

“By comparing the texts of early drafts of the Constitution, in the American Treasures gallery…visitors can educate themselves about the evolution of American liberty and the emergence of popular sovereignty,” said Jeffrey Rosen

Philly.com

May 05, 2017

Truncating Trump: Is Impeachment Plausible?

Jeffrey Rosen President and CEO, The National Constitution Center, joins 1A to talk about the Constitution's Impeachment Clause.

April 18, 2017

Political Polarization Killed the Filibuster

The practice once promoted debate and compromise, but now, the 60-vote requirement is tantamount to a legislative death sentence. An article by Jeffrey Rosen and Tom Donnelly.

The Atlantic

April 08, 2017

Trump Should Speak Out Against Europe’s Effort to Suppress Free Speech

CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses free speech in the age of social media.

The Hill

April 06, 2017

Wider Political Battles Play Out in Fight Over Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch

“Both Democrats and Republicans sincerely believe their narratives, and in a sense both are correct,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center.

The Wall Street Journal

March 31, 2017

The Roots of the Battle Over Neil Gorsuch: ‘They Started It’

“This is more the coup de grâce than a new beginning,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center.

The New York Times

March 31, 2017

Politics and Prohibition

In an event recorded at the National Constitution Center by C-SPAN, Jeffrey Rosen leads a discussion about the history and politics of prohibition.

C-SPAN

March 28, 2017

Playbook

The influential political website references Jeffrey Rosen's latest piece on the Gorsuch nomination in The Atlantic.

Politico

March 23, 2017

Partisan Divide Evident as Judge Gorsuch Delivers Message of Unity at Confirmation Hearing

CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses Judge Gorsuch’s jurisprudence and the politics surrounding his confirmation.

Forum KQED

March 23, 2017

Constitution Center CEO Mentioned During Gorsuch Hearing

Among Senate Judiciary chair Chuck Grassley’s remarks on Tuesday morning at Neil Gorsuch’s nomination hearing was a brief mention of National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.

C-Span

March 23, 2017

Gorsuch mentions Constitution Center during testimony

During an exchange with Senator Ben Sasse on Wednesday, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch spoke about the importance of the Founders and Philadelphia as keys to understanding that document’s enduring strength.

C-SPAN

March 22, 2017

Week 9: Can Judges Be Impervious to Party Politics?

Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, joins host Charlie Sykes and other guests to discuss judges and political influences.

Indivisible WNYC

March 22, 2017

WAMU: Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Senate Showdown

Jeffrey Rosen appears on the radio show 1A to discuss the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.

WAMU Radio

March 21, 2017

A Court Nominee Alert to the Dangers of Big Business

Neil Gorsuch has a nuanced view of antitrust law, says Jeffrey Rosen.

The Atlantic

March 21, 2017

Bloomberg Politics: Gorsuch’s Goal in High Court Confirmation Hearing: Don’t Mess Up

Greg Stohr talks with Jeffrey Rosen about the dramatic aspects of Supreme Court hearings.

Bloomberg Politics

March 20, 2017

Politico: Meet Neil Gorsuch

Josh Gerstein quotes Jeffrey Rosen about the Gorsuch nomination process.

Politico

March 20, 2017

Understanding the Gorsuch Hearings

Jeffrey Rosen discusses Trump's Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing.

The Brian Lehrer Show WNYC

March 20, 2017

A Supreme Court Nominee Alert to the Dangers of Big Business

Far from reflexively favoring big corporations over small competitors, Judge Neil Gorsuch has a nuanced view of antitrust law. An article by Jeffrey Rosen.

The Atlantic

March 20, 2017

Schumer’s Warning About Gorsuch Is Dead Wrong

As constitutional scholar and president of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen observes, the theme of religious liberty runs through Gorsuch's opinions...

CNN

March 19, 2017

What Will Gorsuch Reveal About His Judicial Philosophy?

Jeffrey Rosen sits down with Soledad O’Brien to discuss the judicial philosophy of the man likely to become the next Supreme Court Justice...

Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien

March 18, 2017

Obstacles Are Ahead, but Gorsuch Seems Set to Clear Confirmation Bar

“It has, indeed, been smooth and well-executed, largely because he’s such an appealing candidate,” Jeffrey Rosen, president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center.

McClatchy DC

March 17, 2017

Here’s What to Expect at Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

Apart from the political fireworks, "these hearings should be a riveting constitutional seminar," said Jeffrey Rosen, a Supreme Court scholar and National Constitution Center president.

The National Law Journal

March 17, 2017

Special Preview: Jeffrey Rosen

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses the evolution and significance of the Supreme Court confirmation process.

The Sidebar C-SPAN

March 17, 2017

Why Does Russia Matter to Trump’s Administration?

CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses the importance of the Justice Department in the Trump administration.

Indivisible WNYC

March 06, 2017

Living Under an Authoritarian Regime

Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center, discusses the history of executive powers in America.

Indivisible WNYC

February 22, 2017

The Trump Challenge is Constitutional

Podcast: Jeffrey Rosen on the legal battle over Trump's immigration order.

Spiked

February 18, 2017

Ex-VP Biden Elected Chair of National Constitution Center

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected chair of the board of trustees at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center.

AP

February 15, 2017

Biden to Chair National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

"Vice President Biden has devoted himself to educating all Americans about the founding principles of the Constitution and their timeless relevance today,” Rosen said.

Politico

February 15, 2017

Biden Elected Chair of Nonpartisan National Constitution Center

"I am honored to chair the National Constitution Center and to succeed Governor Jeb Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George H.W. Bush at the head of this national treasure,” Biden said in a statement.

The Hill

February 15, 2017

Joe Biden Tapped as Chairman of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

Mr. Biden called the center “a national treasure.”

The Washington Times

February 15, 2017

Biden Named Chair of the National Constitution Center

NCC president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen said that the NCC board of trustees voted unanimously to select Biden, and that his term would begin immediately.

Philly.com

February 14, 2017

SCOTUS Nomination

Jeffery Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, talks with host Carol Castiel about the politics and substance of President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Encounter, VOA

February 10, 2017

The Anti-Trump Resistance: Lawyers Lead the Fight Against the White House

“Administrative law is suddenly glamorous,” says Jeffrey Rosen, the president of the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Newsweek

February 10, 2017

How Trump’s Criticism of Judiciary Could Complicate Supreme Court Confirmation

Jeffery Rosen, the president of the National Constitution Center, said he expects Democratic senators to seek reassurance that Gorsuch will uphold the Constitution, regardless of Trump's wishes.

ABC News Online

February 09, 2017

Not Even Andrew Jackson Went as Far as Trump in Attacking the Courts

The former president was critical of Chief Justice John Marshall’s rulings. But it was on constitutional, rather than political or personal, grounds. An article by Jeffrey Rosen.

The Atlantic

February 09, 2017

Supreme Court Nominee Calls Trump’s Attacks on Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’

Jeffrey Rosen, the president of the National Constitution Center...said there was a rich history of presidents strongly criticizing judges on matters of law.

The New York Times

February 08, 2017

DOJ, States Argue Whether to Lift Suspension of Trump’s Travel Ban

"Essentially, these judges seemed quite willing to delve into the substantive constitutional as well as the statutory arguments."

All Things Considered NPR

February 07, 2017

Legal Challenges to Trump’s Actions Highlight Limits of Presidential Power

NPR'S Robert Siegel interviews Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, about Judge Robart's wording regarding whether the executive order on immigration is rational and grounded in facts.

All Things Considered NPR

February 07, 2017

Judge’s Restraining Order on Trump Travel Ban

Constitutional Scholar Jeffrey Rosen explains the federal judge's restraining order on President Trump's refugee travel ban.

CNN Michael Smerconish

February 04, 2017

First in Playbook

Jeffrey Rosen in The Atlantic, “A Jeffersonian for the Supreme Court”: “[H]is record suggests a willingness to transform the law and to enforce constitutional limitations on the excesses of Congress and the president.…"

Politico

February 02, 2017

If Confirmed, Would Neil Gorsuch Rule Contrary to Trump’s Policies?

Legal expert Jeffrey Rosen says of the Supreme Court nominee: "If he thought that individual liberty was threatened by presidential or congressional overreaching, then he would step in."

Fresh Air NPR

February 01, 2017

Evaluating Trump’s Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court: A Lesson Plan

In this 2011 Op-Ed, Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, described originalism.

The New York Times

February 01, 2017

Trump’s SCOTUS pick; then, Trump’s EOs and the Constitution

President Trump named his pick for the vacant Supreme Court seat Tuesday night. Today, we’ll talk with JEFFREY ROSEN, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, and with MEG KINNARD, reporter for the Associated Press about Trump’s nomination and what it means for the nation’s highest court.

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane WHYY NPR

February 01, 2017

A Jeffersonian for the Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch’s record suggests a willingness to transform the law and to enforce constitutional limitations on the excesses of Congress and the president. An article by Jeffrey Rosen.

The Atlantic

February 01, 2017

Conservative Gorsuch Emulates Scalia Minus the Rough Edges

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the bipartisan National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, has known Gorsuch since they worked as clerks on the federal appeals court in Washington, though for different judges.

Associated Press

February 01, 2017

Trump Picks Gorsuch for Supreme Court

“Neil Gorsuch is one of the most respected conservative originalist legal intellectuals of his generation,” said Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center.

Politico

January 31, 2017

Donald Trump Names Neil Gorsuch His Supreme Court Nominee

"Like Justice Scalia, he sometimes reaches results that favor liberals when he thinks the history or text of the Constitution or the law require it..." Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center told Politico.

Teen Vogue

January 31, 2017

Trump Announces Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch

“He is one of the most respected conservative legal intellectuals on the federal bench,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Philly.com

January 31, 2017

Who Is Neil Gorsuch? Everything You Need to Know About Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

"The real appeal of Gorsuch nomination is he’s likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over Anthony Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court,” Jeffrey Rosen, of the National Constitution Center, told Politico.

Vanity Fair

January 31, 2017

Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center told Politico that Gorsuch is the person “likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over” Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court.

Las Vegas Review Journal

January 31, 2017

Neil Gorsuch: Who Is He? Bio, Facts, Background and Political Views

“The real appeal of Gorsuch nomination is he’s likely to be the most effective conservative nominee in terms of winning over Anthony Kennedy and forging conservative decisions on the court,” said Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center.

Politico

January 31, 2017

Scalia’s Views Mixed with Kennedy’s Style: Meet Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Pick for the Supreme Court

“Neil Gorsuch is an impressive, wide-ranging legal intellectual and one of most respected originalists of his generation,” said Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. “His opinions show a commitment to the history and text of the Constitution, regardless of where the results lead.”

Los Angeles Times

January 31, 2017

Neil Gorsuch’s Political Views: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center told Politico this week that because of the way Neil Gorsuch approaches his cases, there will likely be instances in which liberals are pleased by the way Gorsuch comes down on an issue.

Heavy

January 30, 2017

Our Constitution and Our “Overinflated Presidency”

Our American Stories talks to Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, about the wonders of the U.S. Constitution and how the Presidency has grown far beyond its original bounds.

Our American Stories

January 26, 2017

Some Real Talk On Fake News

Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center talks about the challenge fake news presents to real journalists and Jeff Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum, gives some advice on how not to fall for a made up story.

1A Show WAMU National Public Radio

January 02, 2017

The Power of the Executive Branch

Jeffrey Rosen discusses the power of U.S. presidents in the modern era and what Donald Trump can and cannot do as our next president.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

December 22, 2016

Donald Trump and the Overinflated Presidency

The president-elect will inherit an executive branch whose power has ballooned far beyond its constitutional bounds.

The Wall Street Journal

December 16, 2016

Bill of Rights at 225: Fourth Amendment all too relevant in digital age

At the National Constitution Center, we love all of the Bill of Rights amendments equally. But if I had to pick one amendment that gave rise to all the others, it would be the Fourth.

Philly.com

December 15, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen on the History of the Bill of Rights

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, was interviewed by telephone about the history of the Bill of Rights on the anniversary of its ratification.

C-SPAN Washington Journal

December 15, 2016

Republican Success Opens Door to Amending US Constitution

"The possibility of constitutional change is in the air," said law professor Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, a nonprofit museum that is hosting academic debates and symposiums about the efforts to amend the Constitution.

The New York Times

December 05, 2016

States’ Rights for the Left

IN the wake of the presidential election, as Democrats realized that Republicans will soon control all three branches of the federal government, progressives disinclined to secede from the Union rediscovered another exit strategy: states’ rights.

The New York Times

December 03, 2016

BEFORE DONALD TRUMP CALLED FOR FLAG-BURNING JAIL TIME, HILLARY CLINTON DID

“There’s a clear bipartisan consensus today that the First Amendment protects the right to burn the flag,” says Jeffrey Rosen, president and chief executive officer of the National Constitution Center. If the flag burning issue was brought again before the Supreme Court, he adds, “there is little doubt that the current court would reaffirm that ruling.”

Newsweek

November 29, 2016

Trump revives century-old debate over revoking citizenship

“It’s fair to say that the Supreme Court hasn’t visited this in a long time,” said Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor and the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center. (Rosen added that in the specific case of flag burning, he suspected that the current court under Chief Justice John Roberts would uphold it as a First Amendment right.)

Yahoo News

November 29, 2016

Trump unlikely to sway Supreme Court on flag burning

Most of the people on Trump's list of 21 potential high court nominees would agree with Scalia, says Jeffrey Rosen, president of the nonpartisan National Constitution Center. The flag-burning decisions, he says, are "entrenched as part of our First Amendment tradition."

USA Today

November 29, 2016

The Electoral College: How It Works And Why Some Want To Abolish It

For the second time in 16 years, a candidate has taken the presidency by winning the electoral vote, but not the popular vote. The Electoral College is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. But critics have long said it’s an antiquated, even undemocratic system.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

November 21, 2016

Will President-Elect Trump Overturn Roe v. Wade?

Take one of the most controversial issues in the nation. Add the most controversial president-elect of the modern era. What do you get? It remains to be seen.

Yahoo News

November 18, 2016

A Look At What Trump Can And Cannot Do On His Signature Campaign Promises

The president of the United States has a lot of authority over the government. Selecting cabinet members, signing executive orders, nominating Supreme Court justices. But the president also faces constraints from Congress, the Constitution, the courts and existing laws. In the next hour, we look at some of president-elect Donald Trump’s signature campaign promises and explore what he can and cannot do.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

November 15, 2016

Call-In Special: Hopes and Fears for the Next Four Years

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry fields the accounts of individuals preparing for a Trump Administration, and asks what hopes or fears they are carrying into the next four years. Plus, what can the President-elect do--if anything--to assuage the concerns of Americans and live up to his campaign promise to 'make America great'?

The Takeaway with John Hockenberry National Public Radio

November 14, 2016

Election 2016 and the Electoral College

Election 2016 and the Electoral College Jeffrey Rosen talked about the history and role of the Electoral College, as well as the possibility of changing the electoral system.

C-SPAN

November 04, 2016

Expansion of Presidential Power

Sal and Jeffrey Rosen, head of the National Constitution Center, discuss how presidential power has expanded over time.

Khan Academy

November 02, 2016

The President as Commander-in-Chief

Sal and Jeffrey Rosen, head of the National Constitution Center, discuss the powers of the President in times of war using the Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution.

Khan Academy

November 02, 2016

Presidential Precedents of George Washington

Sal and National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen discuss how George Washington's presidency helped shape the office.

Khan Academy

November 02, 2016

Constitutional Powers of the President

Jeffrey Rosen, head of the National Constitution Center, gives an overview of Article II of the United States' Constitution (which covers the powers of the President).

Khan Academy

November 02, 2016

The Constitution Is For All of Us

National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks about a need for a commitment to nonpartisan constitutional education in our classrooms.

U.S. Department of Education

October 21, 2016

The Ongoing Vacancy At The Supreme Court And What It Means For High Profile Cases This Term

The Supreme Court begins a new term this week with still, only eight justices on the bench. Last March President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. But the Senate has, so far, declined to schedule a vote on Garland’s nomination. The justices have chosen to hear fewer cases this term, and, some say, seem to pushing off some of the more controversial issues. Yesterday the Court decided not to reconsider President Obama’s immigration ruling that would spare millions from deportation: Join us to talk about what’s ahead for the Supreme Court and how the stakes will change after the election.

The Diane Rehm Show WAMU National Public Radio

October 04, 2016

History of Presidential Debates and a Debate Moderator’s ‘Pivotal’ Task

NBC10's Jim Rosenfield speaks with President and CEO of the National Constitution Center Jeffrey Rosen about the history of presidential debates and how the "pivotal" task of the debate moderator has evolved.

NBC 10

September 27, 2016

Review of Jeffrey Rosen’s “Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet”

Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet by Jeffrey Rosen appears in the “Jewish Lives” series published by Yale University Press -- and such a series would not be complete if it omitted the first Jewish justice of the United States Supreme Court, the man who Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to as “Isaiah” and who might well be described as American Jewry’s secular saint -- but it is not a “life" of Brandeis.

History News Network

August 30, 2016

Brandeis: A great lawmaker who left his mark

Louis D. Brandeis was born and raised in Louisville, Ky., but the turning point in his life may have come in a German school. Because of the economic panic of 1873, his father, Adolph, saw his tobacco and textile business collapse, and he took the family back to Europe. (They had come to the United States 20 years earlier from Prague by way of Germany.)

philly.com

August 28, 2016

The Supreme Court’s Jeffersonian Jew

Today’s mania for consolidation likely would have offended the Jeffersonian sensibilities of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who worked for years in opposition. Brandeis, born in 1856, “was the most-important critic of what he called “the curse of bigness” in government and business since Thomas Jefferson,” says Jeffrey Rosen in “Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet.”

The Jewish Chronicle

August 12, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen on Louis D. Brandeis and the Constitution on the campaign trail

“The Jewish Jefferson” – that’s what JEFFREY ROSEN, CEO of the National Constitution Center calls the late Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis. He’s written a book about his life and work called Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet. Sworn in 100 years ago, as a lawyer and judge, he was known for advancing socially progressive causes and has been namechecked by Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, and Kagan as being an inspiration for their time on the bench.

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane WHYY NPR

August 11, 2016

27 words: Deconstructing the Second Amendment

It's only a sentence long; 27 words that barely take up a full line on the Bill of Rights. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. And yet, for years, those 27 brief words have been the source of contentious debate -- seen by some as an inalienable protection against tyranny; by others as a dangerous anachronism. Here's a look at the Second Amendment, its phrases parsed and placed in legal and historical context. Our guides will be Constitutional experts Jeffrey Rosen and Jack Rakove.

CNN

August 11, 2016

Court in the Centre

Jeffrey Rosen explores how the US Supreme Court, once derided as the third branch of government, has become the busiest and most powerful institution in American politics, and how that makes the court’s current vacancy a particularly valuable prize in this presidential year.

BBC World Service

August 10, 2016

Brandeis’s Brain: On “Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet”

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, on June 1, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court. In many ways, the political climate then was similar to the one we find ourselves in now. Brandeis was appointed by a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson, in a presidential election year; the country was deeply divided over issues of economic inequality; and Republicans, worried about losing their grip on the Court, bitterly opposed the selection. The difference, of course, is that in 1916 the Senate actually held hearings on the nomination and ultimately gave Brandeis a vote.

Los Angeles Review of Books

August 08, 2016

The Jewish Jefferson

Brandeis was the greatest critic of bigness, in business and government, since his hero, Thomas Jefferson. In his time, he was an icon both for the libertarian Right and the civil libertarian Left. Today, however, some progressives who share Brandeis’s suspicion of big corporations lack a similar suspicion of big government. And some conservatives who mistrust mass NSA surveillance by the government are less concerned about the oligarchic influence wielded by big corporations.

Real Clear Books

August 08, 2016

Brandeis’s Fight Against the ‘Curse of Bigness’. The wisdom of the Jewish Jefferson.

People in the United States are experiencing a level of political discontent unseen in decades. Partisans on the right have long fought against the inexorable growth of big government, just as those on the left have always railed against the growing power of big business. This year, the sides have begun to overlap in a way that confuses pundits used to the standard right-left split on these issues. But for an example of a man who resisted the growth of big government and big business alike, we need look no further than the late Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis.

The Weekly Standard

August 06, 2016

Jeffrey Rosen on the National Constitution Center

Jeffrey Rosen talked about the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the city of the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC). He also discussed how the center came into being, prior leaders of the organization, and constitutional issues.

C-SPAN Washington Journal

July 28, 2016

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