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    How the Founders Decided to Add the Bill of Rights

    Do we really need a list of the rights Americans enjoy? That was the question the Founders debated before the Bill of Rights was ratified 222 years ago this weekend. Many of those who framed the Constitution, including Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, believed that a separate Bill of Rights … More

    Supreme Court to Hear Challenges to Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate

    Today, the Supreme Court announced that it will take up two cases challenging the Obamacare anti-conscience mandate that employers must provide health insurance coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives, and sterilizations. Over 80 lawsuits with more than 200 plaintiffs have been filed by religious organizations and other private employers to … More

    What Is a “Reasonable” “Search” or “Seizure” in the Age of New Technologies?

    The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting “unreasonable searches and seizures.” However difficult it previously may have been to define a “reasonable” search or seizure, 21st-century technology makes that job far more difficult. There is virtually no aspect of life that cannot be captured, analyzed, and stored in 0s … More

    The Diversity of the Founding

    In the latest paper in the Makers of American Political Thought series, Colleen Sheehan looks at the long career of James Madison. In it, we see that “diversity” was a key component of the American Founding. Of course, Madisonian diversity had nothing to do with tallying up racial, ethnic, or … More

    Trade Agreements Can Advance Economic Freedom

    The United States is currently engaged in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations designed to reduce barriers to international trade and investment. The latest text from these negotiations shows how trade agreements, if properly designed and implemented, help advance economic freedom around the world. Among other things, the draft text calls … More

    Senator Reid’s New Tax on Guns

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wants to tax your gun rights. His new legislation charges you a fee that is in essence a federal tax on selling or giving away your firearm, and he lets Attorney General Eric Holder decide how big that tax will be. Senate Democrats Charles … More

    How Academia "Observed" Constitution Day

    On Constitution Day, all schools receiving federal funds are required to teach students about the U.S. Constitution. Some higher-education institutions fulfilled the requirement in unique ways. While some colleges were handing out pocket-sized Constitutions and holding public readings of the 225 year-old document, the University of California, Berkeley was celebrating … More

    So You Think You Know Your Rights?

    It seems people think that they have a right to everything these days: a right to the Internet, to free health care, to a good job, and to a free college education. The Supreme Court is famous for finding new rights in the “penumbras” and “emanations” of the Constitution. Today … More

    Raising Little Patriots

    Learning about U.S. government is a basic, essential lesson for American children, but finding a way to make it stick isn’t always easy. Luckily, a new book is out to help solve that problem. One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots is a delightfully poetic read to help … More

    Federalism Guarantees States Key Role in Controlling Immigration

    Critics of state and local government action on immigration fail to keep in mind one simple but critical point: The states have these rights. It is preposterous to take the position that, short of federal action or the commission of a crime, governors and mayors are constitutionally powerless to deal … More