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    DeMint: 'There Seems to Be No Real Appreciation of the Constitutional Boundaries'

    During an interview this morning on Fox News Channel, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) outlined the troubling unconstitutional aspects of the financial rescue plan. Heritage’s legal scholars yesterday outlined the constitutional infirmities that remain.

    Morning Bell: A Presentment Clause Lesson for Constitution Day

    On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 of the original 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that would eventually become our Constitution. In 2005, Congress passed a law designating today as Constitution Day and directed all educational institutions receiving federal funds to honor the day by holding “an educational … More

    How to Celebrate Constitution Day

    September 17 is Constitution Day.  On this date in 1787, 39 of the original 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that would eventually be ratified and enshrined as our fundamental law.  Recently, many have observed the relative decline of civic knowledge among American citizens, and have taken … More

    Reasonable Search and Seizure at the Border

    Both the fourth circuit and the ninth circuit courts have ruled that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) searches of laptops and other electronics are legal; however, people are still protesting. A recent USA Today op-ed accused the CBP practice to be “without focus” and “arbitrar[y].” Constitutional objections have also been … More

    Americans Cherish the 'One' in Our 'Many'

    Widespread ignorance of U.S. history is only the most visible symptom of a troubling decline in popular knowledge of the nation’s core principles. Some hopeful news, as well as sobering facts, arrived earlier this month in “E Pluribus Unum,” a report issued by the Bradley Project on America’s National Identity. … More

    Morning Bell: A Big Victory For Individual Rights

    Each morning, District of Columbia special police officer Dick Heller reports to his job protecting the Federal Judicial Center, where he takes possession of a handgun that he carriers throughout the day. Despite the fact that the city trusts Heller to carry a handgun all day in order to protect … More

    Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Individual Right to Bear Arms

    In a landmark opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the right to keep and bear arms, recognized in the Second Amendment, is an individual right of all Americans unconnected with service in a militia. (Read the decision.) Americans may use arms like handguns for traditionally … More

    Lobbying to Violate the Constitution

    Last year, Congress rejected legislation that would violate the Constitution by granting the District of Columbia voting representation in the House of Representatives. But advocates of this plan haven’t given up hope. Instead, voting rights activists have stepped up their lobbying efforts, and Roll Call reported last week that they … More