Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Constitution Check: Would an elected Supreme Court get more respect?

April 10, 2012 By Lyle Denniston

Too often in American politics, a critic of something the Supreme Court has done or that it might do makes a complaint about “unelected judges” overturning the work of elected legislatures.

Federalism in 1868 and 2012

April 9, 2012 By Abigail Perkiss

Like the issue of civil rights in the 1860s and ‘70s, healthcare in 2012 has become the terrain upon which the battle over centralized power is being fought.

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.

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.

Obamacare premise is just wrong

March 19, 2012 By Ilya Shapiro

Setting aside the important distinction between health care and health insurance, this argument simply lacks the legal force its proponents want it to have.

Rejecting Affordable Care Act is rejecting Constitution

March 19, 2012 By Akhil Amar and Todd Brewster

The justices have the power to declare the law unconstitutional and thereby kill "Obamacare" before it even leaves the birthing chamber. While some believe that such an outcome would be proper, we disagree.

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