September 8, 2013 |
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in a 90-minute talk Friday evening at the National Constitution Center, gave a vigorous defense of activist government that provides for the basic health care and economic well-being of its citizens. Ginsburg, leader of the court's liberal wing, spoke at length about the ideological tenor of the court, her views on the court's recent decision to strike down a key section of the Voting Rights Act, and her long-standing friendship with Justice Antonin G. Scalia, the acknowledged standard-bearer for the court's conservatives.
July 23, 2013 |
CAIRO - The panel charged with amending Egypt's constitution in the aftermath of the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi met for the first time Sunday, according to the country's official news agency. Meanwhile, as the military-backed interim leadership pushes its fast-track timetable for a return to a democratic rule to Egypt, thousands of women held a brief protest against Morsi's overthrow at the heavily fortified Defense Ministry in Cairo. Ranks of soldiers formed a military cordon outside the ministry.
July 22, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's interim president selected a team of legal experts Saturday to rewrite controversial portions of the Islamist-drafted constitution, as the military-backed leadership moved quickly to try to capitalize on the ouster of the country's first freely elected leader. With supporters of former President Mohammed Morsi still protesting in the streets, Egypt's new prime minister called for consensus and participation of all political groups. But Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood officially has refused to negotiate with the new government, saying it would be open for talks only after he is reinstated.
July 8, 2013 |
At times, it has seemed that the Constitution has held up far better during more than 200 years than the National Constitution Center has over a decade. Jeffrey Rosen recently became the center's sixth president and chief executive. Or possibly its fifth. No one is sure whether to count interim and repeat directors. The turnover rate in leadership, coupled with bewildering programming - exhibits on Princess Diana, Bruce Springsteen - left the center with a confused mission and disappointing results.
June 27, 2013
By Ilya Shapiro In striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has restored a measure of constitutional order. Based on 40-year-old voting data that doesn't reflect current political conditions, this provision subjected a seemingly random assortment of states and localities to onerous burdens and unusual federal oversight. To be clear, neither minority voting rights nor the ability of the federal government to enforce those rights was at stake in Shelby County v. Holder . Both of those are secure.
June 25, 2013 |
FORMER PRESIDENT Bill Clinton will return to the National Constitution Center tomorrow. The first time Clinton set foot at the center was in 2000 when, as president, he led the Pledge of Allegiance at the building's groundbreaking ceremony. The upcoming visit will be more substantive. The event is the last of the four so-called "National Dialogues" organized by a group called the State Budget Crisis Task Force that will focus on federalism. That's the government system that gives states the independence - and burden - of managing big-ticket items such as public infrastructure, education, health care and public safety.
June 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday unanimously rejected a challenge to a constitutional provision that requires judges to retire by the end of the year in which they turn 70. The state Supreme Court ruled on two lawsuits filed by judges who argued that the mandatory-retirement provision, part of a 1968 amendment, conflicted with an older section of the constitution that bars age discrimination. Writing for the majority, Justice Thomas Saylor said, "Theoretically at least there is some possibility that a constitutional amendment might impinge on inherent, inalienable rights otherwise recognized in the constitution itself.
May 8, 2013 |
What were our Founders thinking when they gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 for the Constitutional Convention? According to Peter Sagal, who hosts PBS's consistently lively four-part series, Constitution USA (premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday on WHYY TV12), the distinguished delegates had both short- and long-term goals. "The Founders came to Philadelphia to fix the Articles of Confederation," Sagal says in the first segment, "A More Perfect Union. " "Also, to make sure that 200 years later, this city would enjoy a booming constitutionally themed tourist trade.
May 7, 2013 |
Jeffrey Rosen, a professor of law at George Washington University, legal-affairs editor for the New Republic, and a fellow at the Brookings Institute, has been named president and chief executive of the National Constitution Center, according to NCC officials. In making the announcement Monday, Jeb Bush, the center's chairman, praised Rosen as "a constitutional scholar, journalist, and an educator. " Rosen was an adviser during the planning of the center, which opened on the July Fourth weekend in 2003, and served as a visiting scholar throughout that summer.
April 23, 2013 |
CONGRATULATIONS to Alison Young , who won the fifth annual Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars on Sunday night at the Crystal Tea Room. Young, the vice president of External Affairs for the National Constitution Center, danced the foxtrot with Paul Samuelnas from the Studio on Take the Lead on Pine. Young was clad in floor-length pink spandex, covered in rhinetstones. She had no dance experience before. Q102 DJ Maxwell came in second with the waltz, while Fox29's Kacie McDonnell came in third with the tango.