Constitution Daily

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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.

Is the health care mandate on life support?

March 28, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

The centerpiece of the new federal health care law, and its most controversial part – the individual insurance mandate – looked to be doomed after the first hour of the Supreme Court’s hearing on it Tuesday.

The Court tees up the health mandate

March 27, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

Amid sure signs that the Supreme Court Justices are deeply interested in the constitutionality of the new health care law’s key sections, and definite signs that they have been studying up for the task, they moved on Monday to get beyond the preliminaries and get set for Tuesday’s crucial two-hour hearing.

The Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln…or Martin Luther King, Jr.?

February 20, 2012 By Malcolm Lazin

In the fictional “Killing Lincoln,” Bill O’Reilly touts Lincoln as our best president. In part, that accolade is based on the perception of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.

Constitution Check: Do gay couples now have a constitutional right to get married?

February 9, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

The language of rights, and especially of constitutional rights, is sometimes not used with precision. More can be claimed by a simple suggestion that rights exist than is, in fact, true.

What to look for in the new Supreme Court term

September 29, 2011 By Lyle Denniston

The Court probably will be faced with major constitutional questions closely related to some of the 2012 election campaign’s main issues.

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