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Nation grieves Arizona tragedy

January 12, 2011 by Dr. Steve Frank


Every day the Constitution Newswire selects the most constitutionally relevant stories on the web. On Wednesdays, the staff will recap the best of the best with links to the actual Constitution. If you would prefer a daily dose of headlines, sign up for the ConstitutionNewswire newsletter todayChief Sponsor of Immigration Bill Says Measure Isn’t Likely to Pass LegislatureJanuary 11, 2011

The chief sponsor of a bill to bring an Arizona-style immigration law to Florida doubts that the legislature will enact the proposal. Under the law, police would be authorized to determine a person’s immigration status during a routine traffic stop or arrest. Would such a measure lead to racial profiling, as critics suggest? [In the Constitution]

Nation Grieves Arizona TragedyJanuary 10, 2011

As the nation mourns its victims, the shooting rampage in Tucson that critically wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has intensified debate over the impact of incendiary political rhetoric. Six died and 14 were wounded in the attack at a Tucson shopping center, where Giffords was meeting with constituents. What are the repercussions of overheated talk on the airwaves and the campaign trail? [In the Constitution]

Arizona Shootings Unlikely to Change Federal Gun LawsJanuary 10, 2011

Lawmakers anticipate a flurry of gun control proposals in the aftermath the Tucson shooting in which an Arizona congresswoman was critically injured, but will any pass? And if proposals are enacted at the federal or state level, will they survive potential judicial scrutiny in the wake of recent Supreme Court rulings on the Second Amendment right to bear arms? [In the Constitution]

WikiLeaks Subpoenas Spill Out Into Public RealmJanuary 9, 2011

Newly disclosed investigative documents in the government’s WikiLeaks probe underscore the Obama Administration’s determination to bring criminal case. Can the Justice Department prove that there was a conspiracy on the part of the whistleblower website to steal classified information? [In the Constitution]

House Takes Symbolic Step to Repeal Health LawJanuary 8, 2011

As the 112th Congress convened, House Republicans followed through on their pledge to attempt to repeal President Obama’s landmark health care reform law. Even if repeal is blocked in the Democratic-controlled Senate, will constitutional challenges in federal court and state legislative initiatives prove successful? [In the Constitution]

GOP Takes Charge: New Speaker Leads HouseJanuary 6, 2011

With a historic reading of the Constitution, resurgent Republicans last week took control of the House of Representatives. New House rules require that proposed bills be accompanied by citations of Congress’s constitutional authority to enact them. Will congressional Republicans be able to deliver on their pledge to cut spending and reduce government’s reach? [In the Constitution]


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