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Constitution Check: Can a state close its borders entirely to undocumented immigrants?

May 1, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

It may be that, when the Supreme Court rules on state power to monitor and restrict the activities of people who have entered the U.S. illegally and remain without permission, the Justices will give states additional authority.

Counting to five for S.B. 1070

April 26, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

It will take five votes on the Supreme Court for Arizona to get permission to start enforcing key parts of its tough new immigration control law–S.B. 1070–and those votes appeared to be within reach on Wednesday.

The Court, the Constitution and the 2012 campaign: Act III

April 23, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

In the final round of hearings in a Supreme Court term that has seemed closely linked to the 2012 election campaign, the Supreme Court turns its attention this week to the emotional subject of immigration controls.

The secret life of the Commerce Clause

April 4, 2012 By Carl Cecere

The want of a central authority over commercial affairs was one of the major weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and a central animating purpose behind the Constitutional Convention that convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787.

Health care hearings – what to listen for (Part 2)

March 22, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

Few exercises in interpreting the Constitution are as bizarre as the one that the Supreme Court and lower courts go through if they strike down only a part of a multi-faceted law, and then decide what of the remainder can survive.

Health care hearings – what to listen for (Part 1 of 2)

March 20, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

For both lawyers, most of the questions coming from the bench probably will be about Congress’s powers under the Commerce Clause, though some will explore the Necessary and Proper Clause, and at least a few questions may focus on the mandate as a form of tax.

Constitution Check: Has the time come to limit congressional terms?

March 15, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

It has been 17 years since the Supreme Court ruled that the states have no authority under state law to impose term limits on those who seek seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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